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Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler

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Product Highlights
  • Stand-Alone Multi-Track Recorder
  • USB 2.0 Computer Interface & Controller
  • Field Recorder & Portable Mixer
  • Sampler with 24 Voices
  • Drum Machine
  • AC or Battery Power
  • Built-In Stereo Condenser Microphones
  • Supports 32GB SD Cards
  • Mac & Windows Compatible

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, working on an indie film, or taking notes in biology class, 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.

With all of the potential uses and creative possibilities the R24 provides, it truly stands in a class of its own. When you factor in its budget-friendly price-tag, it really becomes an incredible option for any aspiring creative person.

Stand-alone multi-track recorder and mixer, USB 2.0 computer audio interface and control surface
Powered by the included AC adapter or by 6 AA batteries for up to 4 hours, ideal for field use
Features built-in stereo condenser microphones, as well as 8 XLR/TRS combo inputs for external mics
Supports SD cards up to 32GB for over 100 hours of recording time
Records WAV files at 16 or 24-bit, at 44.1/48kHz sample rates
48V phantom power available on 6 channels simultaneously
Operates on bus power from USB when used as a computer interface/control surface
Over 100 built-in effects, from guitar amp modeling to mastering effects
4-segment LED meter bridge for easy viewing
Effects can be used when recording in stand-alone mode, or when recording into a computer
USB port can be used to back-up projects on thumb drives, and can also be used to sync 2 units together for more simultaneous recording tracks
USB interface supports 8 channels in and 2 channels out at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz.  The USB control surface uses Mackie Control emulation
Full mixing and transport controls, with compatibility for Cubase, Logic, Sonar, and other software
Pad sampler with 24 voices (8 pads x 3 banks)
Loop-based audio sequencer for creating music
Inputs 8 x XLR/1/4" TRS Combo Inputs (with Hi-Z input for guitar & bass)
Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS Master Outputs
1 x 1/4" Headphone Output
Digital I/O Options 1 x USB 2.0 Type A Host Port
1 x USB 2.0 Type B Device Port
Memory Card 1 x SD Card Slot 1
Please Note:

Supports cards up to 32GB.

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Sampling Frequency 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
Tracks 24 Tracks (Up to 8 Simultaneous Recording)
Phantom Power Yes, Up to 6 Simultaneous Channels
Metering 4-Segment Track Meters, LCD Display
Effects Over 100 Built-in Effects
Control Protocol Mackie Control Emulation
Power AC, Battery, or USB Bus Power (6 x AA Batteries, Up to 4 Hours of Operation)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 14.8 x 9.3 x 2" (376 x 237 x 52mm)
Weight 2.9 lbs (1.3kg)
Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler
  • AD-14 AC Adapter
  • 1GB SD Card
  • 2GB USB Memory Stcik
  • USB Cable
  • Steinberg Cubase LE Recording Software
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    ZoomR24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler
     
    3.0

    (based on 13 reviews)

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    54%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Excellent sound (4)
    • Versatile (4)
    • Low distortion (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (5)
      • Home studio (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Eight Tracks

      Having gone from the simple 4 track portastudio to a Yamaha AW16 (a fine sounding machine with an interface that drove me nuts) to the hassles of multitrack computer recording, this is a...Read complete review

      Having gone from the simple 4 track portastudio to a Yamaha AW16 (a fine sounding machine with an interface that drove me nuts) to the hassles of multitrack computer recording, this is a refreshingly easy to use device to get your ideas or backing tracks done fast. Similar products limit you to 2 tracks or a more expensive & complicated recorder. It is light & portable enough to use on its own or in the studio with several inputs connected. It sounds very clean and the flash drive enables you to switch it off and not lose any data. Menus are kept a minimum. Have not yet tried the computer interface but without motorized faders, I see limited usefulness.
      Wish list: no more short, skinny power cords, a bigger screen for us old guys, ability to play the drum pads live while listening to your tracks-seems you have to load them first, needs a "solo" function--firmware upgrade??

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Bad Clock Generator?

      There's so much potential in this product--it can do so much more than any other portable recorder at this price point--but it has a critical flaw that makes it absolutely useless to...Read complete review

      There's so much potential in this product--it can do so much more than any other portable recorder at this price point--but it has a critical flaw that makes it absolutely useless to anyone recording audio for video (or anyone wanting to record accurate audio).

      By way of explanation, here's an email I wrote to Zoom's support department:

      "Hello,
      I have a problem with my Zoom R24, and I'm hoping you can help me out. I bought the R24 to record audio during video location shoots (recording at 48khz on all devices, of course). But when I import the audio tracks to the video after the recording, I the audio and video go "out of synch" very quickly--after only a few minutes.

      So I ran a test:
      I recorded a digital metronome from my computer's DAW for about 20 minutes and sent the signal to the R24, and also to my new Zoom H2N, an M-audio Microtrack II, and to an external audio interface (a Pro Tools M-box) recording straight to my computer. Then I imported each recording and compared the waveforms in my DAW (Logic). I've attached some screenshots to demonstrate this. As you can see in the pictures, the R24 goes out of synch in just a few minutes. (You also can HEAR it going out of phase as clearly as you can SEE it.) Based on my measurements, it drifts at about 4.16 ms per minute. (The Zoom H2N also drifts a little, but NOT nearly as bad--after 20 minutes it was still in synch with my audio interface.) So in other words, the synch/timing drift problem on the R24 is very bad--much worse than any other device I tested.

      However, when I use the R24 in audio interface mode (orange track in my pictures), I DO get accurate recordings.

      I called Samson, and they told me to try a different SD card. I tried a Transcend 16GB card (TS16G-SDHC6), which is approved for use on the R24 and had the same problem. I also had this problem with the 1GB card included with the R24. Samson said my R24 might just be defective, so I returned it to the store and exchanged it for a new one. The new R24 has the exact same problem, so I think this might be an issue with all of them...

      I bought the R24 to record audio for video shoots (as advertized uses on Zoom's website), but with this problem I can't rely on the R24. The most important thing is that I get accurate recordings--at least as good as the Zoom H2N can do. Does the R16 have this problem? If not, I might exchange it for an R16.

      How can I we fix this problem? Could you fix this with a firmware update? (I'm currently running version 1.10.)

      Thank you for your help and looking forward to your advice."

      Here's Zoom's response:

      "Thank you for your inquiry.
      I'm sorry for the delay. We consulted to our engineer, and received reply from them. As a conclusion, it is a spec for the R24. It is concern with accuracy of crystal oscillator. Usually, acceptable range of the crystal oscillator is +/- 50ppm. Maybe we think that it is acceptable range, but we think that it is bad result. As the reason, the R24 is using chip of clock generator. And, the accuracy of the clock generator has brought this result. We adopted it for supporting standalone recorder and USB audio interface. In short, it is concern with hardware. Therefore, it can't fix with firmware updates. Then, the R16 is using same chip.

      Thank you for your patience and cooperation."

      I realize, of course, that I might be loosing something in translation, but it certainly sounds like there's a known hardware problem with the accuracy of clock generator on both the R24 and the R16. It's not clear what, if anything, they can or will do to fix it...

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      3.0

      Not too bad after 3 yrs

      By kay bee

      from nyc

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Chance To Record

      Cons

      • A Bit Too Much Noise

      Best Uses

      • Convert Cassettes To Cds
      • Convert Lps To Cds
      • Convert Meetings To Cloud
      • Kewl Looking Thingie
      • Live Recordings

      Comments about Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler:

      zoom r24, 3.5 stars ..this is better than average rating.tascam and others make Multi Track Recorders,butthey seem to have even MORE problems on basic recording...use this as a recorder, it is ok,,,IF YOU NEEDall 8 tracks inputting at once, and if u need 6 of these ascondenser mics, yes...this is good for that,,,butbutbutthe Biggest prob for me is CONTINUOUS electronic noisefrom the mic preamps.if you use mics, ,,,ribbons, dynamics, or condensers,u will have a good amount of noise...IF you are recording LOUD music, not a huge prob...butif you are recording quieter stuff...ya.. u will hear the constanthissssss in background, at about the same level of a goodcassette machine...using good tape.mmmi would call this a S/N ratio of roughly 70- 80 db...or soit would have been better for zoom to INCREASE price by50 bucks, or so...by using improved OP AMPS from their current30 cents amps to those costing perhaps 2 bucks or so...andgetting better resistors and other passive components...if they had brought the S/N to even around 85 db or so...omigod. woweeee.i know in practice, manufacturing is not easy even for the japs...but for them, it is Possible...albeit with increase of price.soif you dont mind the hissssss in back groundat most times, this machine is still a good thing.BETTER MICS help and WAITING 5 mins, HELPS,and KEEPING GAIN Knobs to below 2 pm level helps.if you want to xfer files, for godsakes,take the freaking SD card outand transfer to your laptop the normal way...with a card reader.its possible to use with Reaper software and other DAW...but that is not why you buy this recorder.u can get cheaper boards for only DAW purposes..the noise kicks in at all levels, even at 9 am...gets steadily moreand more...12 noon...for me, is already too much noise, andaround 3 pm position , is almost unusable...compared with cheapie and mid price and a few high price mics,ranging from $ to $ to $ bucks...all the same noise probs...changing cables to higher grade helps a tiny bit onlywaiting 10 mins before recording helps a tiny bit onlystill, a useful experimental toythat has come 10 yrs too late , in a half assed fashionis yet better than nothing. ehthanks, peace, and groovy things tew yew all.

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      1.0

      A recorder that doesn't record!

      By Shannon Shaggy72 Shaw

      from Waco, TX

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • awesome interface
      • Great mixer

      Cons

      • Audio Files Go Missing

      Best Uses

      • Interface
      • Mixer

      Comments about Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler:

      Using this for on-set recording of short & feature films.. or so I thought. (Yes I know there were better-suited options in that price-range but I also needed a unit that could record live music as well.)
      .
      Although it takes quite some time (and skill, and just plain dumb luck from trial & error) to learn how to set it up as an INTERFACE, this unit WILL work flawlessly with the included Cubase LE software. However, it rarely works with other software as an interface, even though it should be compatible. But, maybe that's just me; taking 3 days to learn to interface with Cubase was time enough to spend, I couldn't spend additional precious days learning to integrate with other software that i'm already familiar with. However, since it works with Cubase, that's all that matters.
      Which leads me to my main point: THE ZOOM R24 IS WORTHLESS unless you indeed use it as an interface or mixer-only with a computer or laptop!
      What is the point of selling an audio recorder item that can not RECORD AUDIO!?!?!?
      Any audio files you record onto the Zoom unit mysteriously disappear.
      I have now lost THREE FULL DAYS of filming (some of which is impossible to re-shoot, so I will have to ADR instead.. ugh!!)
      This disappearing file appears to be a much more common problem on the r24 than I could ever imagine! Too bad I never heard about it until I experienced it myself!
      THis is NOT q "defective unit" I have all the verified compatible cards and settings. I have even tried following steps that other frustrated users have contributed, but nothing works! This is simply a poorly programmed machine, period!
      This is very sad, disheartening, and surprising considering the reputation & well-made products Zoom makes (e.g. H4n, H6). This feels as though the R24 is the rushed, neglected red-headed step-child in the Zoom family.
      I am so elated that the interface works so well with a laptop (and records flawlessly each track.. ON THE LAPTOP), otherwise this would be a complete loss until I can have the budget to purchase a H4n or H6 next year.
      Buyer beware!! This product is a gamble!
      Do NOT buy unless you are using a a mixer or interfacing with a computer!!

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      1.0

      RECORDED FILE DISAPPEARS!!

      By Shannon Shaggy72 Shaw

      from Waco, TX

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

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            Comments about Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler:

            Well i've had my Zoom R24 for 3 years, but never really got the chance to use it more than maybe 3 times, during which it seemed to work as advertised.
            HOWEVER, recently, i've been needing to use it as a workhorse to record audio during 3 short films i'm making.
            After the first day, I was flabbergasted to discover NONE of the audio recorded, even though I followed the instructions to a tee. Yes, I have compatible & properly-formatted sd card, yes I have power, & yes, I made all the settings correct. The recorded .wav files simply disappeared for no reason whatsoever!!
            I checked on-line forums, and lo & behold many, MANY other people have found the same, exact problem!!!!
            They suggested we do not turn off the recorder power for some time after stopping recording to allow the R24 some time to properly close out the file.
            Well, day 2: SAME THING!!! Now I am an entire 2 days behind schedule!!!
            I thought maybe it was a defective card, so I bought another compatible card, formatted it on the R24, then tried again. SEEMED to work for the test, So we go record the scene. SAME RESULT: NO RECORDED FILE even tho I protected the thing right after pressing stop!!!!
            .
            I give up! BUT I refuse to let the $500 go to waste, nor will I pass this lemon onto someone else.
            I will now use it as a mixer only and output ONE .WAV file recorded from the boom mic onto a LAPTOP or TABLET!
            THIS kind of defeats the purpose of having a MULTI-track (one .wav file for boom, 1 for a stereo ambiance/wide track). There goes my primary purpose of recording a live band w/ each instrument going into it's on file!!
            .
            Save your money and invest in some OTHER multi-track recorder THAT ACTUALLY DEPENDABLY RECORDS!
            Or, just buy the Zoom H4n or something like that with a PROVEN 100% track record!!
            .Zoom KNOWS of this defect, and according to online forums HAS known for over three years, yet they continue to sell defective models!
            This would be an AWESOME unit if it was actually dependable. But now I have 3 days of ADR to record thanks to this lemon.

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            1.0

            Useless

            By Y-knot Audio

            from Puerto Rico

            About Me Audio Technitian

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Low Power Consumption

            Cons

            • Bulky
            • Depressing
            • Difficult To Set Up
            • Not Durable
            • Not Even Flammable
            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

            • Bonfires

            Comments about Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler:

            I regret buying this like you have no idea. To do anything you need to go through a dozen procedures and rituals and even then you dont end up satisfied with the result.

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            1.0

            Bad clock is right....YAR!!!!!

            By Andrew

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler:

                  That bad clock review was written days after I bought my R24 and I'm just discovering what they're talking about. I've now spent 4 months trying to figure out why when I'm at home just playing loops and recording nothing fits in my DAW. I loved this product at first, but now after trying to get it to just function properly I'm at an end. I replaced my Presonus Firestudio with this b/c it has more features and WOULD have been way better for what I do. Unfortunately, I traded a great piece of equipment for a [$] mistake. Zoom knows about this issue. Basically their response is "yeah, we're selling a piece of equipment that doesn't work. Good luck!"Additionally, 1 audio channel has already gone bad. I opened the box, set it on my desk and haven't moved it since and an audio channel failed on me. Really? What happens if I move it?The promises are great...but the product doesn't fulfill. DO NOT BUY!

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                  5.0

                  Easy to work - Great Bang for your Buck!

                  By Pete Simms

                  from Venice, FL

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler:

                    I found that the R24 is very easy to use as a stand alone recorder and to integrate with my computer. It would have been nicer to have a faster SD card. I did notice a difference once I purchased one. As for the price, I can't argue about the R24. I'm very happy with what it does for the price. I would recommend it to anyone on a budget.

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                    1.0

                    Great features - too much noise!

                    By Andrew W

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler:

                        I bought this unit based on many great reviews and because of personal recommendation. Actually the recommendation was for the Zoom R16, but the R24 had so many features I wanted that I opted for the R24. It all looked great!
                        Then I started testing it and first thing I found was that the Gain knobs produced a lot of noise when adjusting gain. No biggy - for that kind of money I can live with noisy gain knobs.
                        The dealbraker for me came when I turned on the phantom power and plugged in a condenser mic. I discovered that there is a constant high pitch noise. I went to check out another R24 unit and discovered the same problem. The high pitch noise was not present on the R16 though.

                        All in all - I decided to return the Zoom R24. R24 is a feature packed unit - but id dissapoints on sound quality.

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                        2.0

                        Bad Clock Generator?

                        By BPBaker

                        from Brooklyn, NY

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • 8-track recording
                        • Battery-powered
                        • Portable
                        • Usable mic pres

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording

                          Comments about Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler:

                          There's so much potential in this product--it can do so much more than any other portable recorder at this price point--but it has a critical flaw that makes it absolutely useless to anyone recording audio for video (or anyone wanting to record accurate audio).

                          By way of explanation, here's an email I wrote to Zoom's support department:

                          "Hello,
                          I have a problem with my Zoom R24, and I'm hoping you can help me out. I bought the R24 to record audio during video location shoots (recording at 48khz on all devices, of course). But when I import the audio tracks to the video after the recording, I the audio and video go "out of synch" very quickly--after only a few minutes.

                          So I ran a test:
                          I recorded a digital metronome from my computer's DAW for about 20 minutes and sent the signal to the R24, and also to my new Zoom H2N, an M-audio Microtrack II, and to an external audio interface (a Pro Tools M-box) recording straight to my computer. Then I imported each recording and compared the waveforms in my DAW (Logic). I've attached some screenshots to demonstrate this. As you can see in the pictures, the R24 goes out of synch in just a few minutes. (You also can HEAR it going out of phase as clearly as you can SEE it.) Based on my measurements, it drifts at about 4.16 ms per minute. (The Zoom H2N also drifts a little, but NOT nearly as bad--after 20 minutes it was still in synch with my audio interface.) So in other words, the synch/timing drift problem on the R24 is very bad--much worse than any other device I tested.

                          However, when I use the R24 in audio interface mode (orange track in my pictures), I DO get accurate recordings.

                          I called Samson, and they told me to try a different SD card. I tried a Transcend 16GB card (TS16G-SDHC6), which is approved for use on the R24 and had the same problem. I also had this problem with the 1GB card included with the R24. Samson said my R24 might just be defective, so I returned it to the store and exchanged it for a new one. The new R24 has the exact same problem, so I think this might be an issue with all of them...

                          I bought the R24 to record audio for video shoots (as advertized uses on Zoom's website), but with this problem I can't rely on the R24. The most important thing is that I get accurate recordings--at least as good as the Zoom H2N can do. Does the R16 have this problem? If not, I might exchange it for an R16.

                          How can I we fix this problem? Could you fix this with a firmware update? (I'm currently running version 1.10.)

                          Thank you for your help and looking forward to your advice."

                          Here's Zoom's response:

                          "Thank you for your inquiry.
                          I'm sorry for the delay. We consulted to our engineer, and received reply from them. As a conclusion, it is a spec for the R24. It is concern with accuracy of crystal oscillator. Usually, acceptable range of the crystal oscillator is +/- 50ppm. Maybe we think that it is acceptable range, but we think that it is bad result. As the reason, the R24 is using chip of clock generator. And, the accuracy of the clock generator has brought this result. We adopted it for supporting standalone recorder and USB audio interface. In short, it is concern with hardware. Therefore, it can't fix with firmware updates. Then, the R16 is using same chip.

                          Thank you for your patience and cooperation."

                          I realize, of course, that I might be loosing something in translation, but it certainly sounds like there's a known hardware problem with the accuracy of clock generator on both the R24 and the R16. It's not clear what, if anything, they can or will do to fix it...

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                          5.0

                          Ideal option for musicians w/ an ear

                          By Julio, Man on the Street

                          from Durham, NC

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to use
                          • Good Sound Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler:

                            I've been recording and playing music for years, but this is my first stand alone multi track recorder. Within 2 days, I have recorded 3 new songs. This little box is great. EXCELLENT sound quality at 24 bit.

                            As others have mentioned, it is not built like a tank, so I'd hesitate to treat it as truly portable, but the sound is excellent.

                            A couple of factors that may be important to others...

                            1. effects only work in 44.1 khz, not 48 khz
                            2. all effects other than chorus and reverb only work on one channel at a time

                            No more computers for me!

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                            5.0

                            Value for money

                            By Pete

                            from New Zealand

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Sound Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler:

                              Seems to work real well, the secret is to get good condensor mics to feed into it.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent machine!

                              By Choirmaster

                              from Sedona, AZ

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Low Distortion
                              • Powerful
                              • Super bargain
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • For the price None

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler:

                              This is a fantastic deal for anyone who is setting up a home studio. It takes care of a whole bunch of stuff all at once. As an audio interface alone, with eight pre-amped inputs, is worth the [$] it costs (I paid $400 on sale!). It's an easy to use multi-track recorder, the effects are OK, the pre-amps are OK, and as a control surface for the included Cubase,(an added bonus) it worked without a hitch. I dont care for drum-pads and such, but that's another story. All you need is a PC/Mac, a pair of monitors, and "Voila" there is your studio, without leaving you with a second mortgage! Ten years ago, this level of capabilities set you back several thousands.

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                              5.0

                              Great value recorder

                              By Bob

                              from New Jersey

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Low Distortion
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording

                                Comments about Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler:

                                So far, I have used the R24 as a standalone recorder. The basic functions are easy to use, and the recording quality is quite good. I found the sampler a bit confusing. All in all, great unit, esp. given 24 channels, and would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend. The beauty of this unit is you can start standalone - take it anywhere - then interface to a DAW later. If you are coming from "old school" like a portastudio, this is a great transition product.

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                                4.0

                                Eight Tracks

                                By Garge band RobJ

                                from Oakland, CA

                                About Me Experienced

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                                Pros

                                • "swap" tracks function
                                • Battery operated
                                • Built-in mics
                                • Click "send" knob
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Low Distortion
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • No motorized faders
                                • No solo buttons
                                • Small screen

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Zoom R24 Multi-Track Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler:

                                Having gone from the simple 4 track portastudio to a Yamaha AW16 (a fine sounding machine with an interface that drove me nuts) to the hassles of multitrack computer recording, this is a refreshingly easy to use device to get your ideas or backing tracks done fast. Similar products limit you to 2 tracks or a more expensive & complicated recorder. It is light & portable enough to use on its own or in the studio with several inputs connected. It sounds very clean and the flash drive enables you to switch it off and not lose any data. Menus are kept a minimum. Have not yet tried the computer interface but without motorized faders, I see limited usefulness.
                                Wish list: no more short, skinny power cords, a bigger screen for us old guys, ability to play the drum pads live while listening to your tracks-seems you have to load them first, needs a "solo" function--firmware upgrade??

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