Live to Make Music

The R12 is made for musicians who live to make music. And they want the freedom to make music wherever they go.


Zoom R12 MultiTrak
The R12 MultiTrak with headphones and musicians

All You Need On-Board

Compact and mobile, you can record and mix songs without a computer. Use the R12’s full-color LCD touchscreen to cut, copy, loop, and edit your tracks.

The R12 MultiTrak, angle view

Amazing Sound

The R12 has super-clean preamps and you’ll love the way they sound. With two XLR/TRS inputs, and 8 tracks of audio, the R12 is perfect for recording everything from demos to release-ready songs.


Right: Guitarist Roman Lajara

Luisito Quintero applying effects to a recording

Fully Loaded

The R12 includes a send effects channel offering reverb, chorus and delay with a dedicated effects return fader. For advanced tones, you can use presets and effects from Zoom's Guitar Lab.

The R12 also has pan and a 3-channel EQ for each track and a compressor on inputs 1 and 2.

Luisito working with the battery-powered R12

Take It Everywhere

The R12 provides up to 5 hours on four AA batteries allowing you to bring your production anywhere. Additionally, you can use the R12 with the included AD-17 power adapter, or a USB battery.


Engineer and bassist recording a bass track with headphones for playback/play along


Playback. Play Along.

Use Sequence Play to create a playlist of your projects. Then use them as backing tracks, whether you’re playing live or rehearsing a set.

Luisito Quintero recording Bassist, Gabriel Vivas

Timbale and bells

It Starts With
a Groove

With 150 preloaded drum loops in a variety of patterns and genres, the R12 provides a versatile rhythm section for any project.


Luisito recording the guitar track by Roman Lajara

Import Audio Files

Add additional audio samples by importing files into your R12 via Micro SD card or USB thumb drive.


Jeremy Bosch playing Flute and monitoring sound


From Headphones to Monitors

The R12 includes an ⅛” stereo headphone jack as well as dedicated ¼” monitor outputs.

Luisito with Flautist, Jeremy Bosch

Using the R12 as a Control Surface

Interface + Control Surface

Use the R12 as a stereo audio interface with your favorite DAW or streaming platform, via USB-C. As a control surface, the transport controls and faders make it easy to adjust and control your software during production.

To Detail



Connect microphones, instruments or line level devices like keyboards, mixers and more.



Input 1 on the R12 has a Hi-Z switch, allowing you to plug your guitar directly into the recorder.


Phantom Power

Both inputs on the R12 offer 48V Phantom Power for condenser microphones.

Luisito Quintero playing shaker using the Click Track on the R12


Stay In Time.
Every Time.

Activate the fully customizable click track with the press of a button. Click balance blends the metronome with your playback audio and routes it to your headphones and/or the main outputs.

Selecting a synth sound on the R12

Add Some Synth

The R12 has 18 FM synth instruments built in. They can be played by plugging in a MIDI keyboard via USB-C or programmed using the touchscreen.

Controlling the R12 with an iPad

R12 Control App for iPad

The R12 Control App allows you to mix your recording sessions, adjust effects, manage playlists, and change project and system settings*. It’s perfect for when you want an extra display to make adjustments more quickly.

Accessibility for the Visually Impaired
The R12 Control App provides accessibility for the visually impaired, utilizing VoiceOver and VoiceOver Gestures.

Luisito and his band mixing down their song on the R12 MultiTrak



The R12. For Musicians Who Live to Make Music.

R12 package

What’s In The Box

  • R12 MultiTrak
  • AD-17 AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Tour Guide