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