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Roland VS-2480CD 24-Track Digital Studio with Built-In CD Burner  

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    A DAW with serious mixing and editing power!

    The Roland VS-2480CD 24-Track Digital Studio with Built-In CD Burner gives you enough tracks to record a whole band. Whether you're just getting into hard disk recording or looking to upgrade an earlier V-Studio, here's a workstation worthy of the name. It offers 24-track/24-bit digital recording with 64-channel digital mixing, onboard effects processing, and CD burning. This revolutionary workstation also boasts 17 motorized faders, a VGA monitor output, plus mouse and ASCII keyboard inputs—taking the V-Studio concept to an entirely new level. Despite the incredible capabilities of the 2480, operations are surprisingly intuitive using the built-in display and software screens. And with its VGA output, your computer monitor becomes an extension of the DAW, offering total visual feedback of all your parameters.

    Features
    • 24-track/24-bit/96kHz digital recording workstation
    • Onboard effects
    • CD-burning capabilities
    • 24-track playback; 16-track simultaneous recording with 384 V-Tracks
    • Drag-and-drop editing w/included mouse; also accepts ASCII keyboard (optional)
    • 64-channel, fully automated digital mixer with 17 motorized faders
    • Professional-quality connections including 8 XLR/16 balanced TRS inputs
    • 2 stereo effects processors (expandable to 8 stereo, 16 mono) including COSM Mic, Speaker and Guitar Amp Modeling, plus Mastering Tool Kit
    • 24-voice Sample Phrase Pads for triggering and arranging samples directly from disk
    • Dual R-BUS ports for expandable I/O in a variety of analog and digital formats; SMPTE and Word Clock input
    • Compatible with large-capacity 3.5" IDE hard drives (up to 128GB in 10GB partitions)
    • VGA Video Output serves as a graphic "Information Display" for realtime confirmation of play list, mixer settings, and EZ Routing

    Put it in your cart or call us toll-free today to get launched into big-time digital sound production!

     
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    4.6

    (based on 32 reviews)

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    Excellent Unit

    As musicians, we can't take away from the fact that the Beatles recorded their ultimate album, Sgt. Pepper, on 4 track technology. But we are definitely light years away from that. The...Read complete review

    As musicians, we can't take away from the fact that the Beatles recorded their ultimate album, Sgt. Pepper, on 4 track technology. But we are definitely light years away from that. The 2480cd is one heck of a unit. I love the fact that we can mix down all 24 tracks by using V-tracks. I had an 1824cd and had to give away 2 tracks during mixdown, unless I bounced a few during the process. I highly recommend the DVD manual for ease of learning this machine. There are a few drawbacks, but it all boils down to what you have and how you use it. Try the plug-ins that are available like the TC Electronics reverb. This kind of technology just wasn't available in the 70's when I was just beginning to get into the world of recording. Buy this unit and you won't be disappointed. I guarantee it. Get a set of good mikes and you are well on your way to having the time of your life and creating great demos, or finished products. Have fun !!!

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    GET A DPS24!!

    I made the mistake of buying the VS-2480 BEFORE the Akai DPS24 and let me just say there is NO comparing the two! Roland makes there boards very cheap and too hard to...Read complete review

    I made the mistake of buying the VS-2480 BEFORE the Akai DPS24 and let me just say there is NO comparing the two! Roland makes there boards very cheap and too hard to get around on even after you have mastered it! The only thing the 2480 has going for it is the VGA hook up but that alone is not worth the ridiculous price tag and is still years behind the ease of computer editing. I found the pre-amps cheap and noisy and the FX cards are nothing to brag about. Yes, they do have the third party effects available for the VS series now but I'm sure Roland will find a way to make them be way less than great. Anyway, after a few months of crummy recordings and never ending hassles I grabbed an Akai DPS24 and finally entered PRO quality recording in every way possible! The DPS24 has all the features you will ever need and my 7 year old son can run it! Bottom line - get the DPS24!

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    5.0

    Excellent Unit

    As musicians, we can't take away from the fact that the Beatles recorded their ultimate album, Sgt. Pepper, on 4 track technology. But we are definitely light years away from that. The 2480cd is one heck of a unit. I love the fact that we can mix down all 24 tracks by using V-tracks. I had an 1824cd and had to give away 2 tracks during mixdown, unless I bounced a few during the process. I highly recommend the DVD manual for ease of learning this machine. There are a few drawbacks, but it all boils down to what you have and how you use it. Try the plug-ins that are available like the TC Electronics reverb. This kind of technology just wasn't available in the 70's when I was just beginning to get into the world of recording. Buy this unit and you won't be disappointed. I guarantee it. Get a set of good mikes and you are well on your way to having the time of your life and creating great demos, or finished products. Have fun !!!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's great.

    By Zack Cowardly

    from Vermont

    I've only had it for a few days, but from what I've seen, this is an amazing product. Again, I've only had a few days to play around with it, and I'm still very new to the art of music recording, but I love this machine. Right out of the box I was able to plug it in, and start recording. It can be a little confusing setting up the tracks to record, but once you figure out the process it becomes second nature. I can't wait to get some more time with this machine under my belt.

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    4.0

    VS-2480CD

    By GM-V0S47

    from Corsicana, TX

    Actually for me, the only disappointing features that lack qualities on this gear are the built-in mic-pres. But take it this way, if Roland were to equip this machine with their best audio components we would have to expect a pricier product. I always recommend you equip your studio with better-quality external mic pres and/or hardware signal processors instead of relying solely on the built-in features on most home studio gears such as this one. Purchase the expansion board so that you can enjoy your projects immensely with the work of optional third party plug-ins from Antares, IK Multimedia, Universal Audio, Cakewalk, Joemeek, Sound Toys, and so on. The best project is not the result of the best gears used; it's a bi-product of the engineer's skills and the tools he utilizes in his work. Believe or not, some of the hits you probably have heard on radios were the end results of some home-recording studios equipped with less expensive gears, recorded, mixed and sometimes mastered right off their desktops.

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    4.0

    Very good value buy

    By Johnryeh

    from Washington, DC

    For the money, you get a powerful recording tool at an extremely affordable price. For the price of this one piece of equipment, I've recorded a short EP in a good, but expensive studio. With this DAW machine, you can make professional recordings for years to come. I've filled up over 200 Gigs worth of hard drives w/ 24bit/44.1khz music over the last four years and it's still going strong.PROS: The automation is an awesome tool. The effects cards are worth buying and maxing out your effects a slots. The cutting and pasting is pretty simple. Sound quality feels closer to tape than a Yamaha, but still not analog warm. Loads of multi-take ability and punching in and out is a breeze. I use the road case and travel w/ this thing and carrying this one suitcase as opposed to a couple fo racks of gear is awesome on the back.CONS: Seeing the WAV form is difficult and doesn't work that well. Editing w/ a mouse, at least with early software versions, is crappy. You half to operate the old fashioned way, with your ears and rolling the "tape" to the proper places. The scrub isn't bad, but I don't use it much. Hard drive care is an afterthought and backing up data is slow and tedious. TWEEKS: Suggestions for Roland. A smoother motor for the fader wouldn't be a bad idea. And if there's a way to add a mastering only card w/ more visual frequency and phase analyzers would be nice. And a more accurate and usable visual wave form would do wonders.

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    4.0

    A Great Machine For the Home Studio

    By GM-V0S47

    from Corsicana, TX

    Imagine 24-bit of audio quality in a DAW hardware with the same capability of a software-based recording system. Then, there's the massive 80GB of hard drive to accomodate your near-limitless bundles of projects. And, finally, who would have thought that todays' hardware recording DAW's would be capable of taking plug-ins?. Yes, because this machine is like a computer housed within a hardware system, the capablities are endless. Yes, the manual is useless. I would recommend you purchase the DVD manual instead. It will get you up and running in no time. This gear is great for live gig, especially if you need multiple backing vocals, live recording, and in your home recording studio. I know I love it as an add-on to my gears.

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    5.0

    Great Machine!!!!1

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I recently purchased 2480HD. I purchased new 120GB HD, downloaded all manuals, latest OS v2.504 from rolands web site and read everything cover to cover. Get the DVD owners manual and it brings everything together. It all starts to make sense. I am a beginer making good recordings. I have no producing experience! The only experience I have is laying tracks in the studio with my band. What I do know is that you must buy alot of other things such as mics (good ones), monitors, cables, fx cards, external dvd burner. It all adds up!! I have many many Roland products and they are top quality and rolands support is second to none, simply the best!Have fun most anyone can do it and start making some good recordings!

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    5.0

    You will love it!

    By the1marshall

    from Highgate Ctr., VT

    I have used it for 2 months now and it is awesome. The sound is great. (even using a cheap mic) You will need to read the manual just to learn all the features. Some are real time savers.

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    5.0

    Lots of incredible features

    By synthguy

    from NYC

    The 2480 has an incredible array of useful stuff and it sounds great. I don't know where Roland got the A/D converters but they sound really good. And I like the speed of the mouse-based editing along with the onboard power so I don't have to worry about CPU drain. Also, I've had good luck exporting and importing files via .WAV to my and other's computers

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    4.0

    Simple Pros and Cons

    By Joeybear

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros... Has just about everything you need to get your stuff onto a CD; ready for a mastering house. Tons of options, and nice sound.Cons... Roland is notorious for making even the simplest things more complicated than they have to be. The 2480 is no exception. The manual is garbage, and the unit itself has so many features and options that using it can get downright complicated at times. And while having so many options is a good thing, those same options mean nothing if you don't know how (or can't learn how) to use them.The 2480 command structure and button placements aren't intuitive, and in some cases, make no sense at all. It's like they picked what options they wanted, and then just put button(s) wherever they had room. Don't get me wrong, this is a very nice high end piece of equipment, but it's not for novices.If you're just a casual user, prepare yourself for a rather steep learning curve. All things considered, you'd do better to find a DAW that's more user friendly.

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    5.0

    Decent DAW, but still room for improvements.

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I've had my 2480 for over a year now, and love the ease of use, especially editing right from the screen, but there is still room for improvement on the pre-amps and effects. If they put a bit more quality in the pre's and effects, this machine would be untouchable.

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