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Zoom R12 MultiTrak featured

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The Zoom R12 MultiTrak is the Japanese manufacturer’s newest announcement. It’s a portable project studio with some modern features borrowed from the Zoom R20. The R12 provides an intuitive color touchscreen and has on-board 8-channel recording and editing. But there’s more…


Zoom R12 MultiTrak

As a downsized Zoom R20 (read more), the R12 offers dual XLR/jack combo inputs and 8-track recording directly to SDHC or SDXC cards (up to 1TB). The device can be powered by an AC adapter (included), 4 AA Batteries, or a USB power bank.

The unit can also import audio files from an SD card or USB stick so you can bring existing tracks and samples into your project.

Notably, the Zoom R12 MultiTrak also carries an internal FM synthesizer with 18 sounds, 1 drum kit, and 150 patterns. You can play it from a MIDI controller hooked via USB-C or program sequences from the touchscreen.

Moreover, a new Sequence Play function is present where you can create playlists of projects to be used as backing tracks.

Zoom R12 MultiTrak front

The available onboard effects include EQ, compressor, gate, and Zoom’s MFX DSP processor (compatible with the Guitar Lab software). The unit includes a send effects channel with reverb, chorus, and delay along with a dedicated effects return fader.


The R12 also has panning and a 3-channel EQ available for each track, along with a compressor on inputs 1 and 2.

Also found in the Zoom R12 Multitrak’s bag of tricks is a 2-in/4-out USB-C audio interface and DAW control Surface with transport and fader functions. The unit is compatible with Mac and PC. Smartphone users can also plug in iOS devices to use the optional R12 Control App.

The unit’s battery life on 4 AA batteries is rated at 5 hours. Another useful feature is the built-in metronome with monitor blend control.

Zoom R12 MultiTrak rear

In terms of studio connections, the R12 includes a stereo headphone jack and dedicated TS/TRS monitor outputs. Input 1 on the R12 has a Hi-Z switch to connect guitars to the recorder. Of course, both R12 inputs offer 48V Phantom Power for condenser microphones as well.

Zoom R12 MultiTrak – Price and availability

The Zoom R12 Multitrak will ship in Q4 2022. The price has not been announced yet. The unit will be sold by Zoom dealers worldwide, such as our affiliate partner Thomann *. The scope of delivery will include the unit, the AD-17 AC Adapter, a USB Cable, and Quick Tour Guide.

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3 responses to “Zoom announces the R12 MultiTrak: digital porta-studio with FM synth!”

    Oskar says:

    This looks brilliant, tiny multitrack recorder that’s packed with features!

    Practical use for tech heads... says:

    Nice unit, nice looking too. But why do Zoom not put CV sync and/or MIDI sync ports on these smaller units? It would make sense to be able to start/stop a Verselab/groovebox/drum machine etc for recording.

    gerard says:

    Looks great, i am going to see if i can use it with my roland V accordion for recordings and backing tracks

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