updated 08:45 pm EDT, Wed June 16, 2010
Soom intros mutli-functional R24 audio recorder
Zoom on Wednesday unveiled its new R24 recorder. Tailored to musicians at home or with limited space, it can perform the function of four production tools. It acts as an interface, sampler, drum machine and recorder. The digital multi-track recorder can play back 24 tracks and has simultaneous eight-track recording.
The sampler function has 24 integrated voices that can be triggered by using eight pads and three bank keys. The drum machine has 400 rhythm patterns that can be used to create original backing beats or create a tempo control. Loops from jazz/fusion drummer Peter Erskine are included on a USB. There is more than 100 built-in studio and mastering effects. The R24 can also run on six AA batteries for nearly five hours.
The R24 is said to be capable of producing recordings in a users' home. It records onto SDHC memory cards up to 32GB in size, and has a USB interface for connecting to any Mac or PC for controlling audio editing or DJ apps.
The R24 is said to ship on July 7, though pricing is not available.