Tascam unveils Model 24 Digital Multitrack Recorder

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Tascam's new Model 24 digital multitrack recorder offers 24 tracks of 24-bit, 48 kHz audio capture (22 channels and a stereo main mix) and 22 playback tracks via either USB 2.0 or to the unit's onboard SD Card recorder. 

 The SD Card recorder offers one-touch recording and includes transport controls, auto and manual punch in/out, and overdub capability. With color-coded knobs, faux-wood sides, and a retro design, the Model 24 is reminiscent of vintage Tascam products but it's based on the company's industry-leading digital Portastudio technology, as evidenced by its LCD screen and digital recording and Bluetooth input features.

Mixdown is easy thanks to a built-in 22-channel mixer with 100 mm long-throw faders. The two monitor returns, subgroup bus, and stereo main bus also are equipped with dedicated 100 mm faders. 

The Model 24 offers 12 mono channels, each with XLR mic and ¼-inch line inputs; ¼-inch channel inputs 1 and 2 can be switched between line and instrument level, enabling plugging in a guitar or bass, and feature a ¼-inch TRS insert point. You also get 4 stereo channels with mono XLR mic and left and right ¼-inch line inputs. All 16 microphone inputs sport a preamp gain control and an overload (clip) indicator for the channel's premium TASCAM microphone preamp. Each of the first 20 channels includes Mute and PFL solo.

An additional stereo channel (21/22) is equipped with unbalanced RCA, unbalanced stereo minijack, and wireless Bluetooth connectivity and offers Mute and Pairing buttons. This enables streaming audio from a laptop or mobile device. Stereo channel 21/22 has also been optimised to feed the Monitor 1 and Monitor 2 buses via rotary auxiliary send controls.

A Routing Mode selector enables each channel to be independently set to accept live input, the return from the USB bus, or the return from the SD Card recorder. 

This enables you to overdub in the studio and to fly in backing tracks for live performance. Multi-segment LED meters monitor the stereo main bus output levels. Outputs include stereo XLR and ¼-inch main outputs, two ¼-inch monitor sends, an effects send, stereo control room outputs, and a stereo ¼-inch headphone monitor output.

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