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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
  • Steinberg Cubase LE software bundled

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

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) 1kÎ balanced, 2nd hot, (Unbalanced input) 50kÎ unbalanced, (Hi-Z Input) 470kÎ / 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: 1kÎ / Rated Output Level: +4dBm
  • Headphones Output: 1/4''Stereo Phone Jack, 20mW x 2 (at 32Î 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 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (10)
  • Compact (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Good power output (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Performances (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Easier than expected and superb sound!

I bought this product in 2012 and this is my first all-digital multi-track recorder. After years of doing analog recording with a cassette-based unit, I switched to the Zoom for its multi-function capabilities. ...Read complete review

I bought this product in 2012 and this is my first all-digital multi-track recorder. After years of doing analog recording with a cassette-based unit, I switched to the Zoom for its multi-function capabilities. I used this to record three of my CD's and the sound quality is better than expected. I used a 32GB card and I still have over half of storage left on it. I also used this for live recording as well. It never failed. Also, I transported this unit to record vocals at a facility since one of my vocalists couldn't make it. I connected a studio microphone, then mastered it. The results were great. I wanted to use an all-in-one unit rather than having to deal with the complications of computer-based recording. Although I wish it had MIDI (that's not really an issue at all), the USB makes up for it. In all I would highly recommend this to all that is getting into digital recording. I love this!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very defective

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...Read complete review

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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(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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

By stockwrock

from nashville

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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.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Highly satisfied user x 6 months

By lee-NybPx

from North Carolina

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

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.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Zoom R24 needs system upgrade to work properly

By stockwrock

from nashville

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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.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Critique within Context

By Mr.Clean

from Campbell, CA

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

A lot of people will bash a product compared to a high gold standard. Such as a Rockwood drum set to a DW Custom drum set. My point is, is that they're not in the same ballpark, league, hell not even in the same sport. With that said chill out. For the amount of money I was spending being a college kid and musician, (double starving?) I had to be sure that these 500 big ones would really make me smile for miles. I can say the product is built on par if not better than the Alesis io26 (firewire), discontinued and amazing product to say the least. The internal mics are awesome, great for vocals or acoustic guitar. I mean if you really have no money left after this buy, you can record a lot with those internal mics and with the included Cubase you could have a better than decent demo or whatever. Read the first review, its on point. I did a lot of research before buying this and am glad to have made the decision. The ears don't lie, unless you let them. Be happy and save yourself the pain of a lot of confusing interfaces. The operation manual aka "novel" is a short read so don't fool yourself, get yourself started before you're in the grave. peace easy

(10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Huge Disappointment!

By Endless

from NY

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound

Cons

  • No Cut Paste
  • No Editing
  • No Move
  • No Virtual Tracks

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

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

After owning the Zoom HD16CD hoping to step up, this was a BIG step back! The Zoom R24 is really geared towards an interface. Period. If you're looking to record on this unit you're better off analog as there are no editing features to speak of on the unit itself. If you want to move something...forget it. If you want to cut paste a section...forget it. Read all the features (or lack of features) before you buy. Returned the R24 after two days.

(9 of 9 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.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Zoom R24 is Fantastic!

By Robert Skold

from Springfield, Vermont

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

The rythym tracks, sequencer, drums, phantom power, even the metronome ... all of it, is great. In my opinion there is nothing that I consider a waste.

I'm very satisfied and now wonder why I waited so long to purchase it.

I ordered by phone and the Musician's Friend staff was helpful and honest. It was delivered right on time and in perfect condition. I couldn't ask for a better experience.
I bought the R24 after looking around quite a bit, and it was reccommended by a friend. I'm not sorry I bought it and you won't be either! Absolutely fantastic multi-track recordings can be made in no time flat. All the features are intuitive, perfectly setup and simply accessible. After a few hours of use you can use this recorder like a pro.

It just doesn't get much better and simplier in this price range.

I use mine for live performance (yep, like a mixer) and recording, it's got every tool you need for both. The sequencer is excellent!
Great. Lightweight and sturdy enough to bring on gigs. Be sure to order several SD cards, you'll need and want them.
You just can't get more for your money!

The value of the R24 and all that comes with it, is simply as good as it gets.

If you work alone like I do, you won't be sorry with this purchase.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for DIY home recording artists

By Human

from colorado

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

I did alot of searching and testing trying to find the best multi-track recorder for my band. The R24 is simply the best choice for home recording artists of any degree. Even someone with no prior knowledge of recording can have tracks laid down in a matter of hours. The R24 is not overly complicated to use. The most basic of functions are fairly intuitive. I have used other multi-track recorders and I can tell you that the R24 is the easiest to use. The R24 will not try and guess what you want and automatically put in effects you don't want like the Boss or Tascam models making you fight just to get a clean base line. Any good recording engineer will tell you that you want to add effects with edditing software anyway. The only thing that this unit won't do for you is cut you a final CD but since the R24 comes with Cubase LE 5 you don't even have to worry about spending more money on DAW software. Ok so the Korg D3200 is the best of all the systems I have tested but it doesn't come with DAW software and it's twice the price of the R24. Because of that, my suggestion, go with the R24 and spend the money you save on better mics or acoustics in your studio.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Didn't work out

By Richard Barber

from Honolulu, HI

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

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.

(7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Does a lot, just not well

By Ryan W-lHt4s

from Greater LA area

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

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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pro Tools Compatibility

By Cody Morris

from Arlington, TX

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

I'm currently running Pro Tools 10 on an OSX Lion Macbook Pro system.

When I first tried to install the drivers that came on the included CD, it wouldn't install. After a little research I discovered that the included software wasn't compatable with Lion and Zoom didn't have an updated firmware out. After a little more searching I came across a beta version released to someone who was nice enough to share. Upon downloading and installing, my R24 was recognized by my computer. Next i went to PT. As an interface, it got the job done. As controller, nothing. So again after research and a little tweeking I was able to get the main controls to read in PT, such as record, play, stop, faders 1-8, solo, mute, etc. But still, it wasn't everything I fully wanted it to do.

So I installed the included Cubase to see how it was suppose to work and to no surprise the interface and controller worked flawless. All buttons and ligts communicated how they're suppose to. So if you're a Cubase user, no worries. Pro Toolers unfortunately get the short end of the stick.

Nonetheless this is an awesome piece of machinery, just a bit behind in keeping up with all the updates and DAWs. Hopefully they'll release an official update soon.

10 stars for the R24, 4 for the limited programming.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sound is Phenomenal

By patdunbarton

from New Hampshire

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

I Recorded our 5 piece bluegrass band - each on a separate track awith three additional tracks for vocals. Crystal clear and ended up with a real nice mix. I found out that I recorded at 16/44 so it would be even better if I recorded at 24/48. I'm not sure I would ever use a studio again after using this.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review of Zoom R24

By Steve Terjesen

from Long Island, NY

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

It is hard to believe the amount of features that this unit has. It is smaller than a laptop. This thing can be used with a computer,if you wish, or completely independent, which really makes it truely portable for location recording. I also bought the pro audio dvd tutorial, which helps alot to understand the whole process. This is my first venture into digital recording. Back in the 1980's & 1990's, I had an 8-Track recording studio, (all analog) and it took about 10 times worth of Equipment to do what this unit does. I'm still learning,so far so good.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE THE ZOOM R24!

By Gerald Martin

from Virginia

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

Worth every penny for the record function alone. The drum machine, DAW control, sampler, guitar tuner, etc just make this an insaine value!
Bought this to record - it does this extremely well.
No issues so far.
Love it!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Waiting in line...

By D. Stump

from Floresville, TX

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

I'm waiting in line financially for this unit! Lol! I have used a Zoom 8-track before (back in 2008) andusing that thing was a piece of cake! So, I'm sure this will be too! I was able to actually get a first-person view of this thing at a local music store and I was amazed at how thin it is! Not complaining at all about that! This is a true 24-track digital recorder, records 8 tracks simultaneously, and is amazing! It has buttons for tracks 1-8, 9-16, and 17-24. So, all you one-man bands out there, you can have each drum of your set on a seperate track! How cool is that! For an easy-to-use plug and play multitrack recorder, this is it!

(6 of 6 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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Zoom R24 review

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

product features and mulit-use capability rival that of a much more expensive piece of gear. Ease of use and sound quality make the ZoomR24 a great addition to the home recording experience.
So Far my experience with this product has been positive.The many features this unit offers is astounding and I have just scratched the surface of its multi-use capability. I am quite pleased at the ease of operation and sound quality in such a compact size. I didn't think portability would be that important but now that I have it, I can record anywhere without a trailer full of gear!
Not sure about how durable this unit is, its very lighweight and portable. faders and knobs seem secure but I am quite sure it would not survive a drop off the desk, but hey so do some cell phones!
When I figure out how to ring all the bells and blow all the whistles this thing has, I would rate this unit as an amazing value for the money.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not easy-to-use

By Zejay

from Ceres, ca

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Versatile

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

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

It's hard to get to used, because the manual doesn't explain clearly. You follow the instructions, but you don't get the results that you want.

(5 of 5 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.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great recorder, but sequencing is a pain

By Stratman

from Birmingham, AL

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

I have used the MRS-8 8 track recorder from Zoom for a few years already and it has worked great. However, the limited number of tracks (really only 6, since two of the 8 are stereo tracks) and inability to record more than one track at a time prompted the need for something more powerful. The R24 certainly fit the bill in terms of number of tracks and 8-track simultaneous recording capabilities. In addition, the R24 adds a number of additional features, including the sampler, computer connectivity, phantom power, more effects etc.

As a recorder the R24 works great. It is easy to record tracks, add effects etc. It is quite flexible. The built-in drum machine was one of the nice features of the MRS-8, and this is still present in the R24. Indeed they are identical. The drums sound OK, but the sounds are limited, and the built-in drum patterns are pretty limiting. I always used to record my own patterns using the pads, which you can still do here.

The biggest problem comes when you want to program an entire sequence, as e.g. a backing track for a song. This was a breeze in the MRS-8: just make or pick the patterns you like and program it in like 8xpattern 1, 8xpattern 2, 4x pattern 3 etc. This is a complete pain to do with the R24. Each pattern has to be set to a separate track, which you then have to activate individually using the sequence editor. The tiny display makes this even more awkward. The advantage is that you can use audio loops (e.g. your own samples) to make the song, but if all you need is a rhythm track it is a real pain in the a**. There is a software editor available, but not for Mac.

In summary, while this is a powerful recorder, with lots of features, the pattern sequencer leaves a lot to be desired, especially in combination with the limited drum sounds and frustratingly small display.
It has tons of features, some less useful than others.
It is quite well-built.
You can't get the same number of features for the price.

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