Alesis ADAT HD24

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The Alesis HD24 is a 24-track hard-disk audio recorder. It is the successor to the hugely successful tape based Alesis ADAT.

Advantages over tape-based ADAT

There are numerous advantages that the HD24 has over the tape-based ADAT. Primarily, the use of hard disks as storage medium rather than tape allows for random access of audio, whereas tape based solutions only allow sequential playback.

The built in Ethernet port allows users to transfer the audio files to a computer, which could only be done with a specific PCI card with the previous ADAT. This feature permits users to transfer the audio to a Digital Audio Workstation for editing, after which the audio can be transferred back to the HD24. However, transfer speed of the Ethernet port is limited to 10 Megabit per second.

Advantages and disadvantages compared to computer-based recording

Although it is possible to edit audio within the HD24, computer based systems offer a lot more editing power. The additional benefits of computer based recording mean that the HD24, or any stand alone multi tracker, is now not the preferred choice of many audio engineers. However stand-alone solutions are often perceived as being more reliable than computer based solutions.

For recordists who work mainly in analog realm, using digital recorder only as capture medium, the 1/4" line ins and outs on each channel make analog processing, such as re-amping, easy (using a reamp box, that is). The reamp box (which converts line-level...
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