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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

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4.6

(based on 32 reviews)

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Very good value buy

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...Read complete review

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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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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4.0

Very good value buy

By Johnryeh

from Washington, DC

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Unit

By Skydog

from California

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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 !!!

(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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Simple Pros and Cons

By Joeybear

from Pittsburgh, PA

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Workhorse/station

By Billy Jack

from Baltimore, MD

This is a beautiful machine. I have had problems in the past with tascam as far as dependability, but this one seems ok. It is the most useful workstation i've ever worked with. I used it mainly as solution to live mix and record with one board. This exeded my expectations. imagine having all of the features of a studio hard deck workstation on a live board(efx,dynamic process, bussing) to mix with, while recording completly separate trax on a seprate mixer&hard disk. We took a stage full of equiptment(4 gtr.1/2stacks,bass,2drum kits, keys, percusion, & vox) to the 16 analog ins, sent them to 2 seperate boards. Mixer A sent it's outs to the analog outs wich fed the FOH and moniters. Mixer B sent a completly seperate dry signal to the internal HD for recording. I mixed 2 hours of sound in realtime with a studio full of gear's worth of processing and bussing, then spent a week mixing and mastering the very same trax for recording. I have done this 4 other times using various methods( multiple mics, boards, snakes) and this was the easiest and best sounding time through. This is the most versitile machine I've ever used!

 
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.

 
5.0

Lots of incredible features

By synthguy

from NYC

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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

 
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.

 
4.0

Independent musician

By Rav4HIM

from Wisconsin

It's been about 6 months now, and love using the 2480. If you hook your 2480 to a VGA monitor, you will see everything clearly. The manual is a little hard to understand but if that's the case, go buy the follow-along DVD and watch it. I do agree there's still room for improvement on the pre-amps and effects. And the price is a little too high compared to other DAW's. Put more quality into the preamp and effects(more effects), then it's a worthy machine to own.

 
5.0

Best of its Type

By Guy Esberg

from San Anselmo, CA

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As a standalone hardware DAW, it's tough to beat the 2480. The VGA screen capability, though not as sophisticated as computer-based, puts the 2480 in a class by itself. Great sound, pretty easy to learn, & the new VS8F-3 card will be amazing.

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