24 track direct-to-disk MX-2424 digital recorder is the result of
the collaboration between two companies: the japanese Tascam and
the american TimeLine.
As previously happened with some other digital mixers and recorders,
the MX-2424 is part of that restricted range of equipments that
has revolutionized the price/performance ratio in the recording
and Rear Panels
System and Software Updates
The MX-2424 is based on a non-linear recording system. The unit
gives an instant access to the Hard Disk recorded data. This feature
provides non-destructive and advanced editing functions.
The MX-2424 can use both Windows FAT32 and Macintosh HFS/HFS+ format
The data format (Broadcast Wav and SDII) allows an easy audio data
exchange with computer-based systems or dedicated workstations (i.e.:
A built-in 9.1 Gb internal hard drive provides 45 minutes of 24-track
24-bit, 48kHz linear recording. The 24-bit / 96 kHz sampling frequency
mode is also available for 12 track analog or AES/EBU digital recording.
The available recording time can be increased installing a 80 Mb/sec
SCSI-2 interface that can be connected to a wide range of external
drives. Both the 9.4 Gb DVD-Ram and the 10 Gb Travan Tape systems
can be used to backup the recorded projects.
MX-2424 features 2 expansion slots that allow to add 24 analog and/or
digital I/O channels installing optional cards that support the
most common formats.
The unit features all the Sync connectors and formats usually required,
except for the Sony RS-422 format. The MX-2424 can be both Master
(LTC e MTC generator) and Slave (Chase sync).
The Timing communication includes Wordclock, Video Sync, Time Code
generation and a TL-Bus interface, that provides communication and
sample accurate synchronization between multiple units.
Compact. In a 4U rack unit weighing just 14 Kg is built-in
a 24 track recording system that provides analog/digital I/O and
The easy carriage allows a convenient use even in live performances.
Competitive Q/P ratio. The MX-2424 price is really competitive,
considering the wide range of built-in interfaces and the bundled
together MX-View editing software.
Even including the cost of the required additional backup drive,
the total price is still lower than that of three 8 track tape recorders.
MX-2424 is the result of Tascam and TimeLine know-how and experience
in building direct-to-disk systems such as the MMR-8 and MMP-16
units. These devices were mainly oriented to the cinema and audio/video
Up to 32 MX-2424 units can be connected through the dedicated TL-Bus
interface that provides communication and sample accurate synchronization.
Besides the "non-destructive" mode, that provides 100 undo levels
and 975 virtual tracks, a TL-Tape mode is also available. This mode
simulates the 24 track tape recorder operation.
This "destructive" mode optimizes disk space usage, speeding up
the most complex operations, even when performed on many tracks
simultaneously. In this case, however, the Undo function is disabled.
The MX-2424 provides complete and advanced features that overcome
the usual recording requirements. The main functions can be easily
recalled using the front panel or remote controller keys. The MX-View
software, that runs on both Mac and Windows platforms, can control
up to 6 MX-2424 units, providing additional editing functions in
a convenient graphic environment.
As often happens with Hard Disk Recording systems, the editing and
location data files are separated from the audio data files. The
Tascam EDL format (Edit Decision List) is called "OpenTL".
Tascam is preparing a new software to convert this proprietary software
into Avid and Digidesign OMF standard and into the other formats
used by the main manufacturers. This feature will optimize the conversion
time of the projects between different units.
The 24 I/O digital channels can be in AES/EBU, T-DIF or ADAT format
at 24-bit. The expansion boards are sold separately.
board features 3 connectors, providing 8 In/Out channels. Nevertheless,
the rear panel is equipped with built-in AES/EBU and S/PDIF In/Out
connectors (both featuring sampling frequency conversion), that
can be routed to the tracks by the internal operating system.
The rear panel features a dedicated expansion slot to add optional
analog +4 dBu balanced In/Out. The relevant boards provide 6 connectors
(25 pin D-sub).
Analog and digital sources can be simultaneously connected to the
recorder. This flexibity allows, for instance, to simultaneously
connect both a mic preamplifier and a digital mixer.
The unit settings can be stored in 10 user's memories. Dedicated
keys give direct access to the track modes: Editing, Arming, Input
and Safe. The channels input, the tracks level and the current status
can be checked through a 24 bars / 15 LEDs display (logarhitmic
range from -50 to 0 dB).
transport functions, providing 255 location points, include Play
Reverse, Reharse (recording simulation) and a Jog/Shuttle dial.
The Jog/Shuttle can also be used to change the parameters value.
The MX-2424 operating system is stored in the Flash memory. This
feature allows an easy update through a 4 MB Smart Card inserted
into the front panel slot. The software updates available on the
Tascam web site can also be loaded into the MX-2424 from a computer
connected to the 100 Mb/sec Ethernet port.
MX-2424 is a sturdy, compact and professional digital recorder.
In terms of operation, the only limit is the small size display.
For this reason, an helpful tool is the bundled MX-View editing
software that allows an easy control of the internal parameters
of the unit. Some editing procedure, in fact, are easier
to perform on a computer monitor.
The TL-Sync Advanced Synchronizer is another useful tool that provides
high-performance synchronization capabilities. This device, that
can also be used as a stand-alone unit, features a wide range of
expansion ports: RS-422, GPI, ADAT/Tascam Sync, MIDI, LTC, Wordclock
(even x256) and Video Sync control.
The MX-2424 is a very interesting unit for 24-track based recording
studios, live recording, post-production, mastering and DVD production
(thanks to the 96 kHz recording mode).