Zoom R24

Recorder/Sampler/Interface/Controller w/ Cubase LE 5 Recording Software


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The Zoom R24:

The R24 is a powerful, compact and wonderfully portable music production system. It's got four key functions that make it the beast it is: it's a 24-track recorder, an audio interface with eight inputs and two outputs, a DAW control surface (which is marvelously convenient considering the R24 comes with a copy of Cubase LE 5), and a drum machine/sampler with pads and a loop sequencer.

The built-in high-sensitivity stereo mic pair is handy for quickly recording phrases and melody ideas as they come to mind. Vocals and acoustic instruments can be captured with excellent clarity. Need some DSP effects to make your recordings shine? You're in luck! The R24 comes with 150 types of DSP effects and 390 patches, which can be used for recording, mixing and mastering. Three types of effects ― the insert effect and the two send-return effects ― can all be used simultaneously.

You can achieve a powerful amp sound just by connecting a guitar or bass directly to the R24 and using one of the 18 types of guitar amp models or 6 types of bass amp models that have been ported straight from Zoom's best-selling
G2nu effects unit. You can also use the 8xCOMP EQ effect, which lets you apply compression and EQ to eight channels simultaneously.

Simultaneous recording of 8 tracks and playback of 24 tracks:
The R24's simultaneous 8-track recording capability allows you to capture live band performances, record drum kits with multiple mics and make other recordings of multiple sound sources. Play back up to 24 tracks of 16/24-bit and 44.1/48-kHz sampling rate WAV format files. You can use the UNDO/REDO functions to cancel the last recording operation and restore the previous state. When you complete a song, you can mix it down and save a stereo mix for each project in the R24.

Audio Interface: 8 Inputs / 2 Outputs
The R24 can function as an audio interface, enabling direct input of sounds to a computer. Support for 24-bit/96-kHz encoding ensures high-quality sound. Eight input channels and two output channels can be used simultaneously. The internal DSP effects of the R24 can also be used when the sampling rate is 44.1 kHz. A dedicated knob lets you adjust the balance between the DAW playback sound and the direct input sound when monitoring.

Control surface for most DAW software:
The R24 can be used as a control surface for DAW transport functions (play, record, stop) and mixing operations. You can easily move multiple faders at the same time, which can be difficult to do with a mouse! You can also assign the five function keys to various DAW software commands. Cubase (the DAW that comes bundled with the R24), Logic, Sonar and other major DAW applications are supported in Mackie Control emulation mode.

24-voice sampler with 8 pads and 3 banks:
The built-in sampler functions allow you to use audio files on any tracks as loops. Play the pads in real-time and create performance for an entire track by combining loops. Use the display of the audio waveform for visual confirmation when setting loop intervals. Use time-stretching to change the tempo of a file without changing its pitch, and trim unneeded parts of loops. The sampler and recorder can also be used together seamlessly, allowing you to also record instrument performances while playing back loops on other tracks.

Cubase LE 5
Steinberg Cubase LE 5 is a powerful music workstation combining audio and MIDI recording, editing and mixing in a single, integrated software package. Based on the same technologies as Steinberg’s award-winning advanced music production system Cubase 5, Cubase LE 5 is the perfect entry ticket into the world of computer-based music production.

R24 Features:

Multi-track Recorder:
  • Over 100 studio-quality effects including guitar amp models and mastering effects
  • Records on up to 32GB SDHC cards for maximum recording time
    (click here for a list of confirmed compatible memory cards)
  • 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
  • 48V phantom power available on 6 tracks
  • 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
  • Pad sampler with 24 voices (8 pads x 3 banks)
  • Loop-based audio sequencer for music creation

Cubase LE 5 Features:

  • Audio and MIDI Recording / Editing / Mixing
  • Pristine 32-bit Floating Point Audio Engine
  • 48 Audio / 64 MIDI / 8 Instrument Tracks
  • VST Instrument & VST Effect Plug-in Supported
  • Audio Editing with Hitpoint Detection
  • Realtime time-streching and pitch shifting playback
  • Drum Editor included
  • HALionOne Sample Player included
  • Streamlined score editing and printing feature set
  • Cross-Platform: Windows and Mac OS X Universal Binary

R24 Specifications:

  • Recorder:
    • Physical Tracks: 24
    • Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 8
    • Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 24
    • Recording Data Format: 44.1/48kHz, 16/24bit 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: 24bit
    • Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 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
      • ACO / BASS SIM
      • BASS
      • MIC
      • DUAL MIC
      • STEREO
      • 8 x COMP EQ
    • 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 24bit 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
      • Unbalanced input: 50kΩ unbalanced
      • Hi-Z Input: 470kΩ
    • Input Level: -50dBm to +4dBm continuously variable
    • Built-in microphones: Omnidirectional condenser
    • 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) for Audio Interface, Control Surface
      or Mass Storage Class operation
      A type (USB2.0 High-Speed compatible) for USB Host capability
    • Power Requirements: AC adapter (DC5V/1A/center positive)
      or AA size (LR6) battery x6
    • Battery Life: 4.5 hours (with backlight on and phantom power off)
    • Size & Weight:
      • Weight: 2 lbs. 14 oz. (1.3 kg) (without batteries)
      • Width: 14-13/16" (376 mm)
      • Depth: 9-3/8" (237.1 mm)
      • Height: 2-1/16" (52.2 mm)

R24 USB Audio Interface System Requirements:

  • 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
  • Intel® 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
* USB hub is not supported.
* Intel® Chipset is recommended.

Cubase LE 5 System Requirements:

  • Windows
    • OS: Windows XP (SP2 or later) / Vista / 7
    • CPU: 2GHz or higher (Dual Core CPU recommended)
    • RAM: 1GB or higher (1GB or higher recommended)
    • HDD: 4GB of free disk space
    • DVD-ROM drive
    • Internet access required for license activation
  • Macintosh
    • OS: OS X 10.5.5 or later / 10.6
    • CPU: PowerPC G5 or higher (Intel Core Duo CPU recommended)
    • RAM: 1GB or higher
    • HDD: 4GB of free disk space
    • DVD-ROM drive
    • Internet access required for license activation


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Simply the best

February 23, 2014

This is a dream come true, I can't thank Zoom enough for all the effort they made to make all this possible.
For a multi-instrumentalist this is the very best available of all.
Multitracking has never been that easy before, I am 48 years old and multitracking since the 90's with 4-track tapedecks.
If you take the time to learn the features and possibilities it's a real piece of art and you can achieve anything, think about bouncing a track while you have an effect on it.
The drum features are also great, you can make a drum track from scratch in little time if you learn how, very very usable
Lay down your tracks with ease
Mixing is a breeze and parametric EQ is fantastic to have.
And the ability to use as a controller for cubase is the cherry on the cake. Just put your SD card in the PC and get your tracks in cubase.
Then you can edit and mix and change and master on a big screen if that's your thing.
But remember, it's all about a good song to start with.
I know there are better devices at a much much greater price but Zoom does the job very well.
It's aimed at the homerecording market and there it rules for sure.
Thank you Zoom ! (I have two of them)

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great value -8 in 2 out audio interface

October 28, 2012

The zoom works well with reasonably low latency for use as an 8 in audio interface. I use the Zoom with Cubase 6 and its use as a desktop controller is also quite handy. As a standalone recorder it does the job very well and inputs are reasonably easy to set on the mixer. Editing tracks on the machine is also easy and if you want to dump things on to the computer then you can do this simply via USB or with the SD card. The effects in the unit are of limited use as only reverb and chorus effect can be used on all 8 channels at once

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Good value, easy to use

May 28, 2012

I'm new to digital recording in general, but recently completed an intro course on Pro Tools and purchased that product to use as a DAW. I may eventually interface the Zoom R24 as a front end / control surface to Pro Tools, but for the moment I've been using it as a standalone recorder for capturing multi-track songs. I find it quite easy to record with it, add some of the built-in effects, and do minor editing and mastering. It's done well at recording demo tracks of my compositions for our band to learn - typically recording bass, guitar, keyboard, vocals, and using the included drum tracks or recording my own drum kit (which has 6 mics). For simple demos I've used the R24's built-in mic successfully, although separate external microphones produce better results. I have not yet used the R24 for a live full band recording, but I'm sure it would do reasonably well in that role (although because of the lightweight plastic construction, careful handling would be advisable).

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