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Old 01-10-2015, 09:55 PM   #1
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Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

I was wondering if any of you know of a good "stand-alone" recording device that would let you record tracks and that plays them back when you record a new one. It would be for my sister who's looking for ways to record what her band's working on.

the first thing I thought about was a 4-track recorder but technology probably evolved to more convenient workstations?

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Old 02-10-2015, 12:20 AM   #2
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Re: Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

I think zoom make one that also doubles as a audio interface
zoom R16 maybe?

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Old 03-10-2015, 08:21 AM   #3
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Re: Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

I'm not exactly bang up tp date, but I remember thinking this looked like a decent solution for these types of things.

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It's been out for a couple of years now, but there's one on ebay for 525.

Edit: I just saw this for the first time in the "cons" list of that article...

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Not really usable as a studio recorder without a computer attached.
So sorry, perhaps this isn't quite what it was proclaiming to be?
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:59 AM   #4
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Re: Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

My Zoom H6n is an awesome little multi-track. It can record up to four balance xlr or line inputs in addition to the capsule mic. You can also get a capsule that adds two additional balanced inputs instead of the on-board mics.

The mixer is obviously a bit clunky because of the small screen, but very easy to use.
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Old 03-10-2015, 01:08 PM   #5
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Re: Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

Check craigslist. These sort of things are being dumped all the time.

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Re: Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

Any of the Rolanf, Zoom or Kirg HD recorders will work. Although there really isn't much of a point to digital multi tracking away from a computer.

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Re: Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

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I had one of these for a while and it was pretty awesome. Especially for live band recordings stuff. It can do 8 tracks at once but has 64 tracks possible. you can bounce the first 8 to virtual tracks and then layer on more stuff. It is pretty cool. Sounds exactly like what she is looking for. I'm sure you can snag one used for like $250-300.


* also, once you are done tracking, you can connect it to a computer with a usb cable and pull all of the wav files off so you can edit/mix in a daw.
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Old 05-10-2015, 09:26 PM   #8
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Re: Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

id recommend she gets one of these
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I have the 006 its a good price new and has a condenser pair on the front. The 008 is better but more expensive obviously

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Old 05-10-2015, 09:45 PM   #9
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Re: Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

^ that's what I suggested her first, without having done any research, just the first thing that I thought about. What have you used it for? And was it good?

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Old 05-10-2015, 10:37 PM   #10
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Re: Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

I haven't used it for anything. Not once. I had a fetish for the dp004 back when I had a thread here about me going round Europe years ago. Got the 006 because it replaced it. It will be perfect for my needs the one day that I dont have a computer anymore.i bought it one day when I woke up and realised my student loan came in and suddenly thought that I could buy some equipment. It will be perfect for your sister.

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Re: Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

the stereo condensers is a major plus. Seriously.

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Re: Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

awesome. just the kind of direction I needed; thanks man

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Re: Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

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My Zoom H6n is an awesome little multi-track. It can record up to four balance xlr or line inputs in addition to the capsule mic. You can also get a capsule that adds two additional balanced inputs instead of the on-board mics.

The mixer is obviously a bit clunky because of the small screen, but very easy to use.
this looks really neat as well although it's 4 times more expensive than the tascam dp006

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Re: Hardware station for recording multiple tracks

wait, she's recording a band? What instruments and how? What type of music? I.e do you have an idea of how many layers/overdubs she might want to use? What level of control is she looking for after the recording process (is she happy to bounce tracks together and record in a more lofi, bedroom, demo sound or does she individual tracks recorded via fancy consenser ready to mix extensively later on a computer?

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