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Multitrack Recorders

Buyer’s Guide

Roland VS-2400CD Digital Studio Workstation

Features: 40 GB hard disk; 24-track/24-bit/96-kHz recording; CD burning; eight XLR/balanced TRS inputs, Hi-Z input; export WAV; VGA output; 48-channel mixer w/ 13 motorized faders; mouse-based software; RSS 3-D panning; V-LINK for Edirol video; effects.

Price: $1,899.

Contact: Roland Corporation US at 323-890-3700,

360 Systems Instant Replay2

Features: Hard disk; 16/24-bit, 44.1/48-kHz; WAV support; balanced +4 dBu, unbalanced -10 dBV I/O; Ethernet; instant access to 1,000 cuts; precise editing; illuminated buttons; name, number, length display; multiple playlists.

Price: $2,995.

Contact: 360 Systems at 818-735-8221,

Korg D888 Digital Recorder/Mixer

Features: Hard drive; eight inputs (TRS/XLR); eight outputs (plus S/PDIF, headphones); 3-band EQ per channel; 40-bit, 44.1 kHz mixer; can record tracks as individual WAV files; USB 2.0 port for file transfer; bundled Cubase LE.

Price: $699.

Contact: Korg at 631-390-6500,

Euphonix Media Application Controller (MC)

Features: Record, edit, mix, master any DAW; PC or Mac; keyboard, trackball, 56 programmable SmartSwitches; eight Soft Knobs processor and plug-in control; studio monitor express; Hi-Res touch screen; EuCon Ethernet protocol.

Price: $19,000.

Contact: Euphonix at 818-766-1666,

iZ Technology RADAR V

Features: 24 channels analog A/D & D/A; up to 192 kHz; 24 bit; BWAV format; dual removable disk recording; dedicated Session Controller w. 24 Ch. Meterbridge; on-board FTP with Gigabit Ethernet; DVD-RAM/DVD-R/CD-R drive; USB; AES & SPDIF 2 Ch. Dig. I/O. AES/TDIF/ADAT Digital I/O.

Price: $16,995 – $21,995.

Contact: iZ Technology at 800-776-1356,

Fairlight Xynergi Unified Media Production Center

Features: Up to 192 tracks; self-labeling multi-function switches; on demand QWERTY keyboard; 8-band EQ on every channel; three stages of dynamics; 12 aux sends per channel; 72 user-definable mix busses; support for up to 220 physical inputs/outputs; comprehensive file exchange system; video player/recorder; talk back, monitoring system; ADR package; advanced editing modes; third party plug-in support; SX-20 sync and I/O toolkit; tri-level sync support.

Price: $23,000.

Contact: Fairlight US at 626-793-3940,

TASCAM X-48 Hybrid Hard Disk Workstation

Features: 80 GB hard disk; up to 48-track; 24-bit; 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz sample rates; waveform editing; DSP effects; SMPTE, LTC, Word Clock, MIDI sync; MMC; USB, FireWire ports; Gigabit Ethernet; DVD-RW drive; I/O options; BWF, OMFi-compatible; VST plug-in-compatible; tape-style transport controls.

Price: $4,499.

Contact: TASCAM at 323-726-0303,

Sound Devices 744T

Features: Portable four-track recorder w/ Time Code, master/slaved; 40 GB hard drive; CompactFlash; FireWire; BWF, WAV; uncompressed PCM 24-bit; 32, 44.1, 48, 48.048, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz; MP3.

Price: $4,095.

Contact: Sound Devices at 608-524-0625,