Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder
Street Price: $499.99
Zoom’s new multi-track recorder, the Zoom R24 functions above and beyond most other multi-track recorders, featuring eight XLR microphone preamps with 24 tracks of playback at resolutions up to 24 bit/48 kHz. The R24 also houses a built-in drum machine with 400 drum loops (and the ability to create your own with the built-in sampler pads), guitar amp simulations, and an extensive library of effects and mastering tools. The device stores audio on SD memory and supports cards up to 32GB, which accounts for over 100 track hours. The sleek and lightweight design of the R24 offers portability, and the device can run up to five hours on six AA batteries, with an AC power adapter also included. In addition to all of this functionality, the Zoom R24 can link to your computer via the provided USB cable and function as an eight-in/two-out audio interface and control surface. A copy of Cubase LE 5 is included, but the R24 will work with other DAW software as well. Most importantly, the Zoom R24 is simple to use and the included user manual’s step-by-step instructions cater to the novice. It’s a must-have for any songwriter looking to create high quality recordings at an inexpensive price.