Zoom R24 Multitrack 24-Track Digital Recorder - DAW Controller - Audio Interface


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Zoom R24

Gearank Recommendation

The R24 appeared on our recommended list for Digital Multitrack Recorders from our first edition in February 2016 until August 2019 when it was removed due to being out-ranked by the TASCAM DP-24SD.


The Zoom R24 is very similar to the Zoom R16 having the ability to record 8 channels simultaneously, with the main differences being:

  • You can simultaneously play back 24 tracks instead of only 16
  • The R24 has 6 channels with phantom power instead of the R16's 2
  • The R24 comes with 24 drum kits instead of the 16 the R16 has
  • The R24 usually costs $100 more than the R16

Apart from that the two units are quite similar, and the pros and cons reported by owners and expert reviewers are pretty much the same.

The Zoom R24 was on our recommended list for three and a half years but as of August 2019 we found that there were more highly rated options recommend which you will find in our guide to The Best Multitrack Recorders.


  • Simultaneous recording tracks: 8
  • Tracks playback/mix simultaneously: 24
  • Virtual tracks: Unlimited
  • Inputs: 8 x XLR/TRS balanced combo - one switchable to high impedance for guitar/bass - Phantom power on 4 channels
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4" TRS, 1 x 1/4" Headphone + USB
  • Sample rate: 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96kHz
  • Bit rate: 24-bit
  • On-board effects: Over 100 including EQ, reverb, amp models, mastering tools and more
  • Effects send: Internal
  • USB audio interface: 8 channels
  • Storage medium: SD/SDHC card - up to 32GB
  • Export tracks to computer: Yes



Does the r24 have the room

Does the r24 have the room for battery use or anything external power source?

Hello Ralph,

Hello Ralph,

Yes and yes. You can also use rechargeable batteries. Do note that the R24 does not charge them and you will need to charge them externally.


is it correct that this unit

is it correct that this unit can record up to 24 tracks but only 8 at any one time?