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

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84 out of 100. Incorporating 475+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$500
Zoom R24

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.

Main Features:

  • 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

Pros

The Zoom R24 gets the thumbs up from musicians using it to record practice sessions and gigs to those using it in their home studios. The built-in pre-amps have pleased many owners and the overall sound is generally of a high quality. Tom Flint reviewed the R24 for Sound on Sound and said, "Setting up to record is a breeze, and it's very easy to swap recorded audio to another location if using a particular input channel. Guitarists will find that inserting effects is no problem at all, and the in‑built tuner is fast to call up and use."

Cons

A lack of some more advanced DAW controller features, such as rotary control knobs to control DAW parameters, came up as a draw-back in some expert reviews. Personally, I would have liked to have seen motorized faders but I guess that would have bumped the price up too much. Some musicians say that the R24 is an old design that is becoming a bit dated and think it's time to move on to more modern options from Zoom such as the more expensive, but more capable, LiveTrak L-20.

Overall

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.