Perfect for small/home studio recording
By: Thorsun from Sierra Vista, AZ, USA, anonmyous24495
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
This recorder is larger and heavier than I anticipated, but that's not a bad thing. It seems to be very well manufactured. Because it uses an internal HDD, you don't want to be moving this thing around while you're recording. I'll definitely be using this on set when I shoot my film though.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
The USB connection to a PC doesn't work as soon as you plug it in. You need to initiate the functions in the USB menu (export/import) before it actually activates the connection and shows up as a drive on your PC. Also, this thing is EXTREMELY particular about the format of the wave files that you want to import and what method you use to burn the CD to import them. The files have to be 44.1 KhZ, 8 or 16 bit, and saved as a Windows PCM. The files wind up being about 40 MB or larger for an average song and thus you can only burn about 15 songs to one CD. When you burn the discs you need to use a program (such as Nero) that allows you to burn it in ISO 9660 format. It will not accept it in any other format. I had about 6 or 7 coasters before I got it right. This ultimately is no big deal since you have the USB import capability. One more thing that is a HUGE positive feature is that the included power supply is dual voltage. I am using this in Iraq and don't need a transformer.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
This does take some getting used to, but that's with any new piece of equipment. The guide is written intuitively enough to help figure out most of the issues you may have.
How is the tone?
The sound is outstanding. It doesn't take a lot of fine tuning the settings to get professional sounding recordings. I actually have my PC sound routed through the Digital Audio IN port (never thought I'd have a use for that output on the PC until now) so I don't have to keep switching my headphones between the recorder and the PC. There are two modes you can have this in. One mode allows you to record the sound from the PC and add any effects just like any other input, and the other mode channels the sound directly to the output.
How has it stood up over time?
I've had no issues so far. It does everything I expected it to do.
Your general opinion of this product.
Overall this is a fantastic multi-track recorder and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to get one.