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Multitrack Recorder advice

Discussion in 'Recording' started by dbrook2010, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. dbrook2010

    dbrook2010 Active Member

    Dec 11, 2010

    I've decided, for a number of reasons, that using a PC for recording is not for me, though I may use one for editing and mixing songs with more than 16 tracks.

    I'm looking at buying a second hand recorder.

    These are the ones I'm looking at:

    Yamaha AW4416
    Yamaha AW2400
    Tascam SX-1
    Akai DPS24
    Roland VS2480
    Korg D32XD

    I have some reservations about each unit, but was wondering if anyone has particular experience that might help me decide which is best for me.

    I like the SX-1 but I a concerned about the cost if in 6-18 months time something goes wrong with the unit. If something stops working on it or it develops a fault, will I be able to get it repaired?

    I had heard that you can still get the Yamaha units repaired if they develop a fault. The AW4416 looks like a capable unit?

    The Roland unit looks capable too but again have some concerns - don't they use some sort of proprietry system for data storage?

    Pre's are something to consider too - which unit do you think has the best pre's?

    I'm interested in any views or experience highlighting where a unit excels or how they compare in the real world.

    Any help appreciated as I'm torn between them!!

  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Moderator Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    First. Don't purchase something that is no longer manufactured unless it has a proven lifespan greater than you might need (the Alesis HD24XR for instance is pretty darn sturdy). I don't think very highly of most of this type of gear but that is a personal bias so take it for what it is.

    I think if your main concern is minimal hassle of getting tracks on "tape" then you should look at a JoeCo box. It records with no latency to a USB drive which then just plugs into your computer for editing. Finding a good multi track option new is more difficult than one might expect. Nothing has filled the gap left by the Alesis HD24 or Mackie HDR/SDR recorders. All the "inexpensive" options are flash recorders that record 2-8 tracks which would be fine except many of them have unremarkable analog circuitry.

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