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Media for this recorder IDE hard drives is the least expensive per track minute of any recorder that I know of. You can buy Alesis’s upgrade, or you can get one of many converter boxes that support 96k litepipe. The HD24 becomes a track at 96k.

You can stack up to five HD24s. The longevity of Alesis’s ADAT technology as compared to other companies is a positive testament to the people who designed it. The first thing I did was update the operating system software through aledis Ethernet connection, though I couldn’t find any documentation on how to do it that way, in the manual or on the net.

This was disconcerting at first, but then I tried the obvious: The Alesks knows what to do from there. You can also update via A,esis which was in the manual. With this exception, the manual is well written and easy to use as a reference and there is also a PDF version online.

The HD24 uses the least expensive kind of media: No more hunting for expensive AV drives with the right plasma buffer and xyz quotient like every other disk based recorder I know of. Alesis says, “Almost any IDE aleis will work,” and tells aleesis how to set the jumpers. I was a little nervous about the “almost” part, but I think they were just covering themselves, as the drives I got worked. The caddy lid slides off – you screw in six screws – attach the power cable and the data ribbon and it’s ready.

Insert the new caddy in either HD24 bay and the HD24 will ask you if you want to format it.

It took about 10 seconds. The media for the HD24 is so cheap and so available that I think it is the best way to archive multitrack audio.

I’ve heard that “analog tape is the only long term storage medium” because it is easier to make a zlesis deck from scratch than a device that will play back WAV files from scratch – tape technology is just plain simpler. I don’t think this is a practical notion alessis.

We’d be talking about global catastrophe if there was suddenly no way to play back WAV files. Global catastrophe will probably affect our values as people. In other words, I don’t think anybody will be winding tape heads after the world blows up to remix the multitrack masters of the generation that did this to us, even if they knew how. Furthermore, those that record to tape for coloration might find that recording tape tracks straight into the HD24 immediately while first playing back a take will preserve more of the “magic sound of tape” than the tape itself can over time.

As noted, the HD24 has two drive bays which makes media rotation for backup purposes very easy. You can only copy the whole drive or one song at a time, so if you are adding songs to a drive that already has songs on it, copying becomes cumbersome.

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I have to delete my second drive, and then “copy all songs” to avoid having to sit there and wait alesos each song to finish. To really be safe, I should have a third drive of the same alesix. To copy 10 GB from drive to drive in the HD24 takes about 20 minutes. I wish the HD24 could simultaneously record “mirroring” to both drive bays for ultimate safety. After power-up xlesis HD24 takes about five seconds to mount the last drive you were using. If you want to use the other one, press its button.


Hit the “new song” button. Use the up and down arrows to answer the following questions: This is not changeable after you create the song, but hd42 can copy tracks from one song to another if you need to add more tracks. Then hit the “name” button to name it, and use the up and down arrows for each letter.

This is a drag, but alternatives probably would have made the unit more expensive. The rubberized buttons are nice.

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The front panel is easy to read in the light – but if you are in a low-light situation, you’ll need a lamp. The fluorescent panel always displays everything you need to know, most notably hours or minutes left based on the number of tracks you have in the selected song. There are 24 track level meters. Red is really aleesis clipping, unlike the original ADATs. A button selects peak hold for a few seconds, or forever, or not at all.

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With limitations, the HD24 allows you to route hardware inputs to different tracks “input normaling”. For example, if you have an 8-bus alesks, you can assign the eight busses to tracks, andrespectively, without repatching. There is a “rehearse” mode, for playing along with a loop and then punching when you’re ready.

You can punch in with a remote or a foot switch. The fan is audible.

If the noise floor of your room is an issue, the fan will not help. The tracks are he24, just like tape – no virtual tracks or undo functionality. This is the trade-off for the inexpensive media. When you record, you record over what was there. This is a disadvantage if you like virtual tracks and nondestructive loop style recording so you can record 10, guitar solos and then comp each notebut in my opinion that stuff is best left to a DAW. You can however, do sample- accurate copy paste style editing, and even scrub audio, albeit with your ears and not waveform drawings.

You can connect up to five HD24s, for a total of or 60 at 96k sample-accurate sync’ed tracks using 9-pin cables. The FAQ document has all the nitty details you can think of, except for “Can you link two or more HD24s with a BRC so that when one is out of space the recording continues on into the next recorder for virtually endless recording, like the tape based ADATs?

I was initially really upset about this. I doubt you will be able to edit on your computer directly from this dock, but copying files will be even faster. So, really they were smart: The FireWire dock is allesis not available as of this writing however. Users with litepipe on their computers could also transfer the tracks in real time.

If you do use the Ethernet port, transferring a track, 4-minute song about MB takes about hd224 minutes.

wlesis A track from the HD24 is 7. If you have not done this before, do not be afraid, there are many tutorials on the web for FTP’ing, and there are good freeware and shareware FTP clients for Mac and Alesiz. The manual has recommendations. I apesis a Mac geek, and I speak enough PC h2d4 get around. I was using Windows ME all PC users just groaned however, and I have since upgraded to Windows which is supposed to be a lot better in the networking department.


I haven’t been able to try again. If you transfer a track into a song that is shorter or longer than the track, the HD24 automatically makes adjustments, which may take a little time.

You can even hook the HD24 directly up to the internet, and nd24 can log onto aledis machine – with a password if you want – and transfer tracks. I can’t see needing another recorder for a long time. It is so easy to use, I’ve been recording the band I’m in, while playing – and the other members still like me. I’ve put about 30 hours into it, filling the drive with songs, deleting songs to make room, and filling up the drives again without a single glitch.

I used to track with Pro Tools – I will not do that again. I have never tracked for this many hours without some computer-related issue cropping up. Considering the record-breaking affordability of the media, the ease of getting tracks into computers, the rock solid operation, the great on-board sound with the option to use almost any brand of converters, I think the HD24 will quickly become a studio standard.

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