ZOOM PodTrak P4 Podcast Recorder Review


In today’s episode, we have a look at and a listen to the new ZOOM PodTrak P4 audio recorder for podcasters. This recorder has 4 XLR microphone inputs, 4 headphone jacks, and records very good quality audio to SD card or feeds the audio to your computer, mobile, or tablet via USB-C. On the P4, you can record your pocast as a single mix of all microphone inputs, and at the same time each microphone input to a separate file for more in-depth mixing in post. Either way, you can publish your podcast right away, or do a super detailed mix.

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses at https://school.learnlightandsound.com including processing dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F4, F6, F8, and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used or mentioned in this episode. The links below are Amazon.com, B&H Photo, Sweetwater, Pictureline or other affiliate links. As an affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases:

– ZOOM PodTrak P4 – B&H https://geni.us/BbGtUP
– ZOOM PodTrack P4 with Mic Pack – B&H https://geni.us/piOX
– ZOOM BTA-2 Bluetooth Adapter – B&H, Sweetwater https://geni.us/diTk
– Shure SM7B dynamic microphone – B&H, Sweetwater, Amazon https://geni.us/GYU7dHy
– Electro-Voice RE20 dynamic microphone – B&H, Sweetwater, Amazon https://geni.us/kP1lo
– Panasonic GH5 camera – B&H, Pictureline, Amazon https://geni.us/InspOl
– Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS II Lens – B&H, Pictureline, Amazon https://geni.us/gr47
– Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K – B&H, Pictureline https://geni.us/uK8UqB
– Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS ART Lens – B&H, Pictureline, Amazon https://geni.us/bhOWVlW

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Copyright 2020, Curtis Judd

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00:00 Intro
00:22 Recorded with P4
00:35 Podcast Sample
01:30 Remote Call Sample
02:21 Pros
03:18 Power options
03:38 USB Audio Interface
04:02 Mix Minus
04:35 Recording with phone
04:55 Simple Controls
05:20 Lo-cut and Limiters
05:38 Limiter sample
06:24 Self Noise – Clean Preamps
07:17 Price
07:29 Cons
07:32 Build Quality
08:12 Sample Rate and Bit Depth
08:53 Hiss in Headphone Amps
09:09 AA Ni-MH Battery Life
10:20 Who is the P4 for?
11:31 Please Take My Courses