The PodTrak P4 is a new portable multitrack recorder from Zoom North America aimed squarely at podcast production. Weighing just over half a pound, the compact recorder combines a mixer, mic inputs, headphone outputs, sound pads, Bluetooth and more in a unit measuring roughly 4.6 x 6.1 inches, making it a portable option for content creators on the move.
The unit records to SD cards up to 512 GB or can work as a two-input, two-output audio interface, connecting to a computer. Up to eight tracks can be recorded in 16-bit /44.1 kHz audio WAV format and all input sources can be recorded simultaneously on separate tracks.
The P4 provides four 48V phantom-powered XLR inputs, each of which have their own mute buttons and control knobs providing gain up to 70 dB. Correspondingly, there are four 3.5 mm-1/8-inch stereo mini headphone outputs with individual volume controls as well, as there is a mix-minus feature to help prevent echo and feedback. Remote interviews via phone can be recorded as well via a TRRS cable or via a USB cable attached to a computer running conferencing software. Users who have an optional Zoom BTA-2 Bluetooth Transmitter/Receiver can also wirelessly connect a smartphone to the PodTrak P4 in order to record remote guests, though an Apple Lightning to USB camera adapter required for iPhone users.
For users who want to work in music, ads, jingles, stingers and the rest, a total four assignable stereo sound pads allow them to trigger 11 onboard sounds, as well as load in their own audio for triggering by the pads as well.
The P4 can run up to four hours on a pair of AA batteries or can be powered externally by a USB Type C cable as well as an AC adaptor.
Expected to debut in mid-October, the Zoom PodTrak P4 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder has an MSRP of $199.