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I need advice on purchasing a Multitrack

Discussion in 'Recording' started by johnyyguitar, Jan 21, 2005.

  1. johnyyguitar

    johnyyguitar Guest

    Hi All,
    I'm about to purchase a multitrack recorder. I'm leaning towards the Zoom 1608. One other consderation is the Korg 1600, but the Zoom seems to be more in line with the features I will need/want.

    Unfortunately, I have no stores around here where I can touch/look/listen to various machines.
    From what I can gather the Zoom 1608 is suppose to be a more semi-pro piece than their lesser stuff. I heard the sound quality lives up to the other Korg,etc
    I'm not expecting top pro stuff in this price range, but all things considered, I'm trying to do the best I can.

    So my question is:
    How is Zoom equiptment, the 1608 multitrack in particular. Do you think the quality is about par to Korg 1600?
    If I had a Zoom, Korg, Boss, etc machines side by side in a store to pick up and inspect, would I/You (someone who's been around music equiptment, can recognize a good guitar/amp) notice any much difference in quality, would I be saying..."Gee this one looks cheap". or... maybe "yea they all look like they'd hold up ok"

    Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated, thanks johnyy
  2. ErichS

    ErichS Active Member

    Apr 30, 2003
    I don't know how those units would compare as far as recorded sound but there are some basic differences that might help guide your decision.

    The Zoom and Korg both can record 8 simultaneous inputs/tracks but the Korg only has 4 XLR/mic level inputs the Zoom has 8 (but only 4 with phantom power). So if you are recording a band or micing a drum set that could be important.

    The Korg can record in 24 or 16 bit, the Zoom only records in 16bit
    (but the Korg is reduced to 8 tracks at 24 bit).

    The Zoom has a more capable drum machine.

    One of the best features of the Korg is the touch screen. It is much easier to navigate than a button driven interface IMO.

    Otherwise the features are pretty similar.

    I have the Korg and like it a lot, but as many 1600 users, I don't like the preamps.
  3. johnyyguitar

    johnyyguitar Guest

    Hi ErichS,
    I'm hip to the input business, but that's interesting about the Korg pre-amps, I hadn't heard about that before. Thanks for the insight.......
  4. ErichS

    ErichS Active Member

    Apr 30, 2003
    Yep, the preamps on the Korg are a little difficult to use in some situations. As you turn the trim knob there is very little increase in gain for the first 85% of the range of the knob, and then the gain really kicks in for the last 15% of the knob range. It can make it very difficult to get good levels without clipping. I eventually began using an external preamp.

    There is a very good Korg forum at the following link if you want to read more about Korg users experiences.


    Good luck with your hunt.

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