Tascam MX-2424This year's winner in the modular hard disk recorder category was a shoo-in. The Tascam MX-2424 is the first 24-bit, 24-track standalone HDR to fall within the budget of the personal-studio owner. The MX-2424 has all of the features you would expect on a fully professional recorder. There are 999 virtual tracks, 100 levels of undo/redo, and 99 locate points. Two record modes - destructive (TL-Tape) and nondestructive - are available, as well as editing essentials such as cut, copy, paste, loop, and rehearse. TL-Tape mode also lets you save recorded tracks as Sound Designer II files, so you can export them to any compatible DAW.
The MX-2424 performs real-time sample-rate conversion and offers a wide variety of I/O, clock, and sync options, so you can use it in almost any recording environment. The unit comes with a 9.1 GB drive and a front-loading drive bay for an optional SCSI hard drive, DVD-RAM device, or Travan tape-backup system. The recorder is bundled with ViewNet, a cross-platform application that gives you computer-keyboard control over editing, naming, and virtual-track features and offers file-management functions.
The MX-2424 is priced well below comparable high-resolution HDRs. Once configured, the MX-2424 puts high-resolution sound quality and professional recording features at your fingertips.