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8-track recorder, 24-track playback, audio interface, controller, sampler, and drum machine in one.

Zoom takes its revolutionary R16 and turbocharges it with a sampler and drum machine, 8 additional recording tracks and 6 channels of phantom-power on the all-new R24. The R24 combines 4 production tools into one incredibly versatile device. In addition to 24-track playback and 8-track simultaneous recording using SD memory cards, the R24 is a digital multitrack recorder, an audio interface, a control surface and a pad sampler.

The R24's new sampler function consists of 24 built-in voices that can be triggered using 8 pads and 3 bank keys to assign sounds to each track and create loops. Also, you can use the unit's drum machine and its 400 rhythm patterns to create original backing beats, or simply output a metronome for tempo control. More than ever before, you have all the tools necessary to create studio-quality recordings anywhere.

For recording, the R24 comes with a 2GB SD card. It supports up to 32GB SDHC cards for a maximum of 100 track hours. The flexibility of SD recording not only makes the R24 lighter and more portable, it also ensures increased reliability with no concern for a crashing hard drive. Back up your project on a USB memory stick. Or dedicate an SD card to each recording session.

Take your R24 into your studio and record additional tracks using its USB audio interface. Then when you're ready to mix, use the R24's control surface capabilities to manage each function of your favorite DAW software.

Incorporate any of the 100+ built-in studio effects to enhance your recording and use the pro-quality mastering effects to complete that studio sound. You can even connect 2 R24s via USB for synchronized operation and 16 tracks of simultaneous recording.

With the new Zoom R24, versatility, control and comprehensive features come together in a single device that puts everything you need for professional music production right at your fingertips.

Features

Multitrack Recorder

  • 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

Audio Interface

  • High-definition 24-bit/96kHz recording capability using digital audio software
  • 8 in / 2 out (8 x 2) via USB

Control Surface

  • Full mixing and transport controls for Cubase, Logic, Sonar and more!
  • USB Control Surface uses Mackie Control emulation

Sampler

  • Pad sampler with 24 voices (8 pads x 3 banks)
  • Loop-based audio sequencer for music creation

Included Accessories

  • 2 GB SD Card
  • 2 GB USB Drive with Drum Kits from Big Fish Audio and Peter Erskine
  • USB Cable
  • AC adapter

With the R24, you can do it all. Order today.

 

R24 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler Specifications:

  • Recorder
  • Physical Tracks: 24
  • Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 8
  • Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 24
  • Recording Data Format: 44.1/48kHz, 16/24-bit WAV
  • Maximum Recordable Time: 200 minutes / GB (44.1kHz 16-bit, mono tracks)
  • Projects: 1,000
  • Markers: 100 / Project
  • Locator: Hours / Min. / Sec. / msec or Bars / Beats / Ticks
  • File Editing: Divide, Trim
  • Other Functions: Punch-In / Out (Manual, Automatic), Bounce, A-B Repeat, Undo / Redo, Metronome
  • Audio interface
  • Input Channels: 8
  • Output Channels: 2
  • Quantization: 24-bit
  • Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • Mixer
  • Faders: 9
  • Level Meters: 4-Segment LED
  • Track Parameters: 3-Band Equalizer, Pan (Balance), Effect Send x 2, Invert Stereo Links Track pairs: 1/2 to 23/24 selectable
  • Effects
  • Algorithms: 9 (CLEAN, DISTORTION, ACO / BASS SIM, BASS, MIC, DUAL MIC, STEREO, 8 x COMP EQ, MASTERING)
  • Types: 150 Modules: 7 for Insert, 2 for Send / Return
  • Patches: 330 for Insert, 60 for Send / Return
  • Tuner: Chromatic, Guitar, Bass, Open A/D/E/G, D modal
  • Sampler
  • Playback Data Format: 44.1/48kHz, 16/24bit WAV
  • Voices: 24
  • Editing Functions: Trim, Time-stretch
  • Rhythm
  • Voices: 8
  • Sound Format: 16-bit Linear PCM
  • Drum Kits: 10
  • Pads: 8 (velocity-sensitive)
  • Precision: 48 PPQN
  • Rhythm Patterns: 511/project
  • Patterns: 511 (472 factory, 39 blank) / Project
  • Beat: 1/4 - 8/4
  • Tempo: 40.0 - 250.0 BPM
  • Hardware
  • Recording Media: SD Card (16MB-2GB), SDHC Card (4-32GB)
  • A/D Conversion: 96kHz 24-bit delta-sigma ADC
  • D/A Conversion: 96kHz 24bit delta-sigma DAC
  • Display: 128 x 64 pixel LCD (with backlight)
  • Inputs: 8 x XLR-1/4''Phone Combo Jack / Input Impedance: (Balanced input) 1kΩ balanced, 2nd hot, (Unbalanced input) 50kΩ unbalanced, (Hi-Z Input) 470kΩ / Input Level: -50dBm to +4dBm continuously variable Built-in microphones: Omnidirectional condenser microphones Gain: -50dBm to +4dBm continuously variable
  • Phantom Power Supply: 48V / 24V
  • Master Output: 1/4" TRS Phone (balanced) / Output Impedance: 1kΩ / Rated Output Level: +4dBm
  • Headphones Output: 1/4''Stereo Phone Jack, 20mW x 2 (at 32Ω load)
  • USB: [B type (USB2.0 High-Speed compatible)] Audio Interface / Control Surface or Mass Storage Class operation [A type (USB2.0 High-Speed compatible)] USB Host capability
  • Power Requirements: AC adaptor (DC5V/1A/center positive) or AA size (LR6) battery x6
  • Battery Life: 4.5hrs. (with backlight on and phantom power off)Dimensions (WxdxH): 376 x 237.1 x 52.2mm
  • Weight: 1.3kg (without batteries)
  • Windows
  • Windows XP SP2 or later / Vista SP1 or later / 7
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz or better
  • 1GB RAM or more
  • USB 2.0 compatible port
  • Mac
  • OS X 10.4.11 or later / 10.5 / 10.6
  • Intel Core Duo processor 1.83GHz or better
  • 1GB RAM or more
  • USB 2.0 compatible port.
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ZoomR24 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler
 
4.3

(based on 24 reviews)

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    (3)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Compact (4)
  • Versatile (4)

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    Best Uses

    • Home studio (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
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      • Experienced (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Highly satisfied user x 6 months

    I've been singing and playing in bands since the late 80s, and although I never made my living solely as a musician, I've been lucky enough to lay down tracks in half a dozen...Read complete review

    I've been singing and playing in bands since the late 80s, and although I never made my living solely as a musician, I've been lucky enough to lay down tracks in half a dozen different pro recording studios on repeated occasions (including 4 studios in Nashville... 2 on Music Row).

    Fast forward some years and one day I decide to start putting together my first home studio. After relentless research into gear, enter the Zoom R24.

    This unassuming and affordable device has met my highest expectations. I echo the other reviewer's sentiment of "I can't see why I'd pay to use a pro studio again."
    Having never used a multitrack before I did peruse the well illustrated manual at length, and I recommend doing so. I keep the pdf manual on my macbook for quick text searches when occasionally needed. But I found the R24 interface and controls easy to learn and master from the get go.

    In the last 5 months I've created multiple projects making use of full drumset, vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, and bass. The results have kept me smiling from the beginning. In particular, I love the ease of recording on a physical multitrack, paired with the scalability of subsequent computer DAW (Cubase LE) editing and mixing. This hybrid method has been very rewarding. Recording to SD card media is also very fast and convenient when it comes time to transfer or share your tracks.

    I really don't think a home studio enthusiast starting out could go wrong with this bundle of device and DAW.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Does a lot, just not well

    The R24 is a huge step above having nothing, especially if you're on a PC with a limited budget (or don't have a PC at all). However," the sheer number of...Read complete review

    The R24 is a huge step above having nothing, especially if you're on a PC with a limited budget (or don't have a PC at all). However," the sheer number of features crammed into this product means cost cuts somewhere else (quality) and detract from any thought of ""ease of use."" For those users who already have software/plugins/loops", you alreay have better sounding tools available to you; garageband alone blows it out of the water for guitar/bass tones.

    I'm looking for a better sound. But I won't be able to find it for this price with this many features.
    There isn't anything else on the market that does as much as Zoom's Rxx family of products. You can read about all the features at the Zoom website, so I won't go into detail, but there's a ton to play with here. The instruction manual is a small novel, so it will take time to discover all that this product can offer you.
    What's the point in doing a lot if you don't do it very well? I wanted to multi-track record without having to lug a computer around. It does just that, except the preamps offer more hiss than gain for your quieter mics (I shudder to think what would happen with a gain-hungry ribbon mic) and there's even more hiss in the headphones. Not okay. Upon computer playback, the pre-amp noise was still there, but the headphone hiss was not. That plus the plastic construction," and fragile-feeling faders don't make me think of ""quality.""
    There isn't a single product that can do everything this can", let alone at this price point. If you want maximum flexibility for your money, this will serve you well (just don't drop it or smack the percussion pads too hard). Plus the included DAW makes this a complete package for the DIY band.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Didn't work out

    By Richard Barber

    from Honolulu, HI

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          Comments about Zoom R24 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

          1st unit I was sent didn't work. It was broken and wouldn't navigate through the menus. I got sent a replacement unit, but it was badly, badly scratched and had gunky gunge on it - so I sent it, too, back (as I had paid for a 'new' one). Ended up buying it from a competitor and it's a great little unit. Musician's Friend need to use a LOT more bubblewrap and packing material. Pack like Sweetwater do: OVER-pack.

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          5.0

          Great so far

          By AZAxeman

          from Phx, AZ

          About Me Novice

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                Comments about Zoom R24 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                I bought the ProAudio DVD available to learn how to use it. Good move.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Very defective

                By home recorder

                from San Juan PR

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Weak

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Zoom R24 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                Easy to use, simultaneous multitrack recording. however mine started making internal static and clipping noises immediately after waaranty running out. Had to send it out to samson for repair out of pocket. Now for a second time it is doing the same thing again. previous repair was very slow. Would not buy again poor quality construction. Failed twice in the first year.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Dynamite!

                By Hardy

                from Charleston WV

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clean
                • Compact
                • Logical
                • Multi-tasking
                • Simplicity
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Digital Compression Noise
                • Pre-amps

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mixing
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Zoom R24 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                Tired of the whole hassle of computer recording? Zoom R-24 could be for you. Was/is for me. Best 24 -track sound capture/reproduction device for the money. Use it with outboard mics, pre-amps, and compression (e.g., ART products) for best results. Would also get a headphone amp for stronger monitoring ability while recording. Cool mastering algorithms, to boot. Get one. Have fun.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A pleasure as always, ordering from M'sF

                By 4myhotdrummerbusband

                from Alaska

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Excellent Sound
                • Low Distortion
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Zoom R24 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                  I ordered this for my husband who uses it to mix, master and whatever the heck else this thing is for, he loves it! And super fast shipping even to us Alaskans

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                  (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  An excellent home/ field recording gear

                  By Leehu Z.

                  from Davis CA

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                  Pros

                  • All-round Solutions
                  • Compact
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Powerful
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Can Take Time To Learn
                  • Difficult To Use

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Zoom R24 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                  What is so great about this thing is the fact that it is a full-package recording studio. Everything you may need is available inside: from a drum machine, to a sampler, built in mics if you really insist on remaining bare-bones, effects and more at reasonable to good quality. It can also work in varying modes as a studio and if you so desire: laptop or desktop DAW (with software, cables and even a sample bank). Now you can choose how you want to use it: I use it as a stand-alone 24 track recorder, others may use it as interface etc.

                  As a stand alone the machine is very capable, provides good quality sounds and effects - all squeezed into a tiny package (more or less the size of a 15" laptop PC) that can be taken almost anywhere (it can also work on batteries).

                  This full-package-in - a small-shell and reasonable price thing has a price: it is somewhat cumbersome to operate: more browsing through menues and screens than ever before, and this might take some getting used to. I say - keep your user manual at hand at all times.

                  Other than this I find it to be very satisfying in recording, and mixing professional sounding musical pieces from the comfort of my bedroom.

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                  (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  R24 had some bugs, but a downloadable software upgrade fixed the problem

                  By stockwrock

                  from nashville

                  Comments about Zoom R24 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                  I had been using an MRS-1044 CD model for the past 10 years. I avoid mixing on computer like the plaque, so zoom's stand-alone recorders with the built-in drum programs are just what I need. I recently upgraded to the R-8 and loved the greatly improved sound of the drum loops that came with it, but found the limitation of 8 tracks made it difficult to make full use of the features without bouncing lots of tracks. So I traded it in for the R24, and having resolved the software issue discussed above, I am looking forward to another decade of fun recording songs on this amazing machine.
                  The drum loops and hundreds of editable effects are fantastic. I don't use the built-in mics much, but they work better than you might expect. And I have no desire to hook the unit up to a computer for mixing, but many others will enjoy that feature. I also don't need to record more than one track at a time, but many others will make good use of that feature.
                  A serious bug in the R24 (system 1.1) surfaced when I tried to use the punch-in feature to overdub part of a track. After recording drums and a guitar track, the R24 would no longer retain additional parts that I tried to add on a third (bass) track. The unit would not save the added part, and instead a loud "white noise" was heard. I found a forum on the web that led me to a downloadable software upgrade on the zoom website. Thankfully, after downloading and installing the 1.12 software upgrade, the problem seems to be fixed, and I can now punch in parts with no further problems. Needless to say, I was greatly relieved to be able to get the unit to work as it should.

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                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Zoom R24 needs system upgrade to work properly

                  By stockwrock

                  from nashville

                  Comments about Zoom R24 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                  the software glitch gave me a mild heart attack, but now that it seems to be okay with the new improved 1.12 version, i'm looking forward to recording some great new tunes with it.
                  I love zoom digital recorders and have been using them for over 10 years now. I recently got the R8, and loved that little sucker, but decided to upgrade to the R24 so I could make better use of the drum loops available to record high quality drum tracks, and avoid the need for bouncing tracks. I quickly ran into a serious bug in the R24 (system version 1.1) that prevented the use of the punch in/overdub feature after a couple of tracks had been recorded on a song. The recorder would not save the newly recorded parts, and instead there would be a loud "white noise" where the overdub was attempted. Examining a discussion of this problem on a zoom R24 on-line forum, I learned of an available software download from the zoom website that solves this problem, upgrading the unit to the newer version 1.12. I just performed the software install, and am relieved that the adjustment seems to have all systems working properly now. Assuming I don't run into any further problems, I do love this recorder and would highly recommend it.

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                  (4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Meh

                  By Michael Cox

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about Zoom R24 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                  Very disappointed/
                  Does OK but totally old-school feeling, everything is buried in menus. The "drum machine" is absolutely unusable, a throwback to the tech of ten yrs ago.
                  I

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Zoom R24 Review

                  By Jon Gill

                  from Indiana

                  Comments about Zoom R24 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                  A lot of bang for the buck. It will probably take months to explore all the possibilities and configurations. The beauty is that it's very plug an play for anyone having used similar products. What a few quick youtube demos on how to do basics, and it's a snap to get solid CD quality recordings
                  Everything you need to lay down recordings, including drum tracks and kit samples. Plugged it into a band practice to record some demo tracks to practice too, and was extermely simple to turn on an get rolling. Haven't used any of the effects/sends because all the editing and mastering would be done on a laptop, but will expore that.
                  Solid build, very good construction
                  For the money, it does as much and more than anything else in it's price range.

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