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greg1948
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Jul 7th, 2016 05:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have used my computer for recording myself for a number of years now. I have a Tascam 2 in interface and Logic Express on my iMac.

Now I want to record my 4 piece band. I'm thinking that I need at least 6 inputs. The Tascam doesn't have enough inputs, and buying an interface with enough ins will be costly. And I don't know if there are any issues with recording 6 or more tracks simultaneously.

So I am thinking that a stand-alone recorder would be adequate to get the tracks down, then download them to the computer for mixing. The R16 has enough ins and will record 8 tracks simultaneously. The Korg D1600 or D3200 are possibilities though they are older technology.

Not trying for perfection with this, just want to get some fairly decent recordings for our own use.

Any other suggestions? Thanks.

reverendrob
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Jul 7th, 2016 05:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Standalones will work as advertised, the Zoom stuff sounds ok, I have an acquaintance who has been using that model for the last couple albums from his band.

There's interface options but with Mac, I have no idea what works or doesn't.

I have 24 simultaneous on a couple year old high end I7 PC, few things chained together but 16 in on a single Tascam.

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Jul 16th, 2016 11:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Consider also the Zoom H6 (capable of 6 track recording) and the Zoom F8 (capable of 8 track recording).

greg1948
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Aug 28th, 2016 08:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have used the R16 for a couple weeks now. I like the light weight, battery-power option, and, mostly, the capability to record all 8 inputs simultaneously. Two of the inputs may be assigned to the two built-in mics.

I will not be doing any editing on the Zoom. All tracks are written to the SD card, which I then import to the computer for editing/mixing.

My purpose in buying this machine was to record my band live. I have enough channels to record the vocals and instruments. I'm not going to produce red-label recordings, just want to get some fairly decent recordings of my own band, so the Zoom works just fine for me.

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Jul 2nd, 2017 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How are the effects on the Zoom? I'm trying to decide on a standalone recorder for recording at a few friends places to carry back to my desktop. The Zoom R16 sounds good feature wise but my use of their guitar effects always left me cold.

ejm

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Jul 2nd, 2017 09:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FYI: This topic was originally started almost one year ago.
The last previous post was 10 months ago.


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Jul 2nd, 2017 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does that help answer the question?

Nothing wrong with the standalone units, depending on what you are looking to do. I have a Roland BR800 that is a nice little thing to toss in the van.

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Jul 2nd, 2017 02:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ignore the built-in effects if you're going to use the stuff elsewhere. Just go with basic sound and tracking and call it good.

End results I've heard from them both in finished projects and stuff that's hit the desk to master have been solid.

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Jul 2nd, 2017 07:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for that Rob . Tracks will be dumped into the computer to finish out stuff recorded elsewhere. Guess I should have a laptop but I don't really need one and then having to drag an interface and cords just to record a few takes of guitar stuff seems excessive.

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