Zoom PodTrak P4

In this post I'll answer questions about the device that were submitted to me on reddit. Video walkthrough included.
Zoom PodTrak P4

Got a Zoom PodTrak P4 in a couple days ago. They aren’t in stock at sweetwater yet but Best Buy has them.

Features

  • Four mic inputs with XLR connectors
  • Four headphone outputs with individual volume control
  • Gain control knobs and mute buttons for each input
  • Phantom power for all XLR inputs
  • Automatically prevent feedback from call audio using the Mix-Minus function
  • Easily connect your phone using the TRRS connection
  • Trigger sound effects using four assignable Sound Pads with 11 preset sounds
  • All input sources are recorded on separate tracks to the SD card
  • 16-bit /44.1kHz audio WAV
  • Records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 512 GB
  • 2-input, 2-output USB audio interface
  • Class-compliant mode for iOS compatibility
  • Up to four hours of use with just two AA batteries or a USB power supply

Video

Here is a video review and walkthrough of the menu.

Questions and Answers

I’ll answer some of the common questions I had submitted in this post in case you prefer to read:

Can it power a gain hungry microphone like the Shure SM7B?

It definitely can power the SM7B. I used it to record the majority of the video.

Can it record to multitrack in your editing software?

No. Unfortunately it can’t. You have the option for a mono or stereo mix of all tracks. It does record all tracks separately to the SD card but not directly to your DAW.

Does it have issues with white noise?

No not as far as I can tell. One thing I did notice is that when an input is enabled without a mic plugged in then you’ll hear a lot of noise. Make sure any input you aren’t using is muted.

Could a new podcaster figure this out?

A new podcaster could definitely figure this out. The only thing that might be confusing is the usb mix/minus. All that means is that when enabled you won’t send audio received from the computer back to the computer. So if you’re using it for a zoom call, the person you’re speaking with won’t hear their own audio which would cause an echo. I demonstrate this in the video above.

Is it good enough or very good?

I think it’s exceptional at this price point but it doesn’t feel very solid and weighs only 10 ounces.

How durable is it?

Dropping this thing 10ft on concrete could easily break it, 3 feet onto carpet would probably be ok. I’m assuming Zoom or another company will make a case for it. A portable device should be more durable.

Would it be ok in my backpack?

Mostly yes but I would definitely wrap it in something soft if possible like acoustic foam. It definitely feels breakable.

Did anything get cut you wish they hadn’t to meet the price point?

One of my biggest complaints is that there’s no tripod mount. This is seriously disappointing because again it’s a portable device. I saw a youtuber with it attached to a cell phone mount so I’m sure we can find one of those that will work but it won’t be as secure.

What does it come with?

Comes only with the unit and 2 batteries. You’ll need to purchase separately an SD card, and usb-c cable. There’s 2 usb-c ports, one to connect to the interface and 1 solely for power. When connected to your computer as an interface it does reliably power the device.

Can it charge via the usb-c?

It can’t because it runs on AA batteries. There’s no internal power. It has to be plugged in to either your computer, a power source or have batteries.

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