The R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler from Zoom unites many different audio tools into a single powerful unit; it’s a stand-alone multi-track recorder, and a USB 2.0 computer audio interface/control surface, as well as a battery powered field recorder, mixer, drum machine, and sampler. Whether you’re recording musicians or working on an indie film you’ll always have a use for the Zoom R24.
Using the R24 as a stand-alone recorder could mean many different things to different people. If you’re a musician, this means that you can record a full live band and overdub up to 24 tracks (8 simultaneously), without ever touching a computer. If you’re a filmmaker, you can record all of your lavalier and shotgun microphones in the field, and mix them to camera as well. If you’re a photographer, you can record ambient sounds for use in a slide show presentation, and use the R24 as the playback device at the installation.
Using the R24 as a USB 2.0 audio interface to record into a computer also opens up different possibilities. Musicians can use it to track and mix with their favorite music production program, or use the included Cubase 4 LE software. Filmmakers and photographers can record voice overs and ADR (additional dialog recording) directly into their favorite non-linear editing programs like Final Cut Pro.
The control surface capabilities of the R24 will also benefit NLE users. The dedicated transport controls and jog/shuttle can be used to control the software, allowing the user to be less dependent on their mouse and keyboard. This is a huge benefit for musicians as well. Control surfaces help people focus on their creative work, rather than make them feel like they’re checking their email.
-Over 100 studio-quality effects including guitar amp models and mastering effects
-Records on up to 32GB SDHC cards for maximum recording time
-8 balanced XLR-1/4-inch combination inputs
-Records in WAV 48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
-Easily viewable 4-segment LED meter bridge
-6-channel simultaneous 48V phantom-power supply capability
-Over 4 hours of operation using 6 AA alkaline batteries (AC adapter included)
-Sync two R24s via USB for 16 tracks of simultaneous recording
-High-definition 24-bit/96kHz recording capability using digital audio software
-8 in / 2 out (8 x 2) via USB
-Full mixing and transport controls for Cubase, Logic, SONAR, and more!
-USB Control Surface uses Mackie Control emulation
-Pad sampler with 24 voices (8 pads x 3 banks)
-Loop-based audio sequencer for music creation
Simultaneous Rec Tracks: 8
Simultaneous Play Tracks: 24
Sample Rate: 44.1kHz
Bit Depth: 24-bit
Phantom Power: Yes (6 Channels)
Number of Mic Preamps: 8
Audio Interface: Yes
Computer Connectivity: USB
Built-in Mics: 2
Analog Inputs: 8 x XLR Combo
Analog Outputs: 2 x 1/4″
Storage: SD/SDHC Card Slot (up to 32GB)
Faders: 8 + 1 Master (Fader/Encoder)
Power: 6 x AA / USB Bus powered / 5V DC power supply (included)
Weight: 2.87 lbs.