Portable recording studio packs a punch!
By: Tbone1 from Sherman Oaks, CA, USA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
I am very impressed at how well made the Zoom R24 is. It's very durable and I will have no problem taking it into the field to record live concerts and performances. I am looking forward to that challenge and feel that I won't find too much difference in the quality of recordings I am getting in my home studio vs. in a concert setting.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
There are so many different features that it's really difficult to focus on just one that is this recorder's best. But I would have to say the way the recorder can be either a stand along recording device and use the SD memory as the platform to store what is recorded, and the way the device interfaces with the computer and is used with Cubase Le 5. Now you have two really great ways to record and store your tracks.
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?
After a 30 year lay off from playing and performing music, I realized that it was a mistake on my part to have walked away from music. I dusted off my ax and got myself back into performance shape and decided to set a plan of action where I would record a CD of classic standard tunes. My knowledge of recording was limited to the way things were done back in the old analog days, but having a good solid background with computers I figured how difficult could the digital world be? So I jumped in with this recording package and I can tell you that after reading the instruction manual I was up and running within 90 minutes Each time I sit down to work with this equipment I discover something new which makes the whole recording process easier I have gained a whole new appreciation for making digital recordings and I look forward to making many good sounding recordings in the very near future.
How is the tone?
I really like the sound of what I have recorded with the Zoom R24. The MXL 440 condenser mic is very well suited for what I am recording, But I also added a MXL R144 Ribbon Mic to my recording package as well, and that adds a whole different level to the music I am able to produce. Because I am a brass player, I felt the warmth of a Ribbon mic would really lend itself perfectly to what I am recording and so far I am completely impressed with the tracks I've recorded so far, with both the condenser and ribbon mics.
How has it stood up over time?
I haven't had the equipment long enough to really answer this question. Maybe this time next year and I'll have more to say on this subject.
Your general opinion of this product.
I am very impressed with how easy the Zoom R24 is to operate and how complete a recording device it is. I know that I still have a long way to go before I can consider myself an expert on this equipment, but know that I will be able to continue to record and learn and produce some outstanding music.