Mackie announced a new 24-bit/24-channel non-linear hard disk recorder with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $2499 (U.S.). Available in Q1, 2002, the SDR24/96 takes its place as the newest member of Mackie's family of hard disk recorders that currently includes both the MDR24/96 and the award winning HDR24/96.
"The SDR24/96 is the ideal complement to our family of hard disk recorders," stated Keith Olsen, Corporate Director, Global Recording Market and Product Development at Mackie Designs Inc. "When we introduced the MDR24/96 with an aggressive introductory price, we proved that the market was truly ready for an affordable digital alternative for analog tape machines. The SDR24/96 is designed to fill this niche and bring a feature-rich, stand-alone hard disk recorder to the home and project studio."
The SDR24/96 has processing power for 24 simultaneous channels at 24-bit/48kHz or 12 channels at 24-bit/96kHz. An internal IDE hard drive provides storage for up to 90 minutes of 24-track recording while an on-board drive bay will accommodate the same Mackie Media M-90 pullout disks and Mackie Media Project drives used by the MDR24/96 and HDR24/96.
Front panel controls are fashioned after familiar tape-based systems. But, unlike tape-based recorders, the new SDR24/96 benefits from true, non-linear recording and editing capabilities. Non-linear recording allows the SDR24/96 to record multiple versions of a track or track segment without destroying the original--nothing is lost. During playback, the recorder recombines the non-linear segments into a seamless stream of audio. In addition, the SDR24/96 is able to significantly increase recording time per gigabyte by efficiently using only the space needed for actual audio.
Ready to use right out of the box, the SDR24/96 comes with fixed rear panel inputs and outputs that include 24 channels of analog via six DB-25 ports, ADAT optical, MIDI I/O for MMC and MTC, SMPTE, and clock inputs and outputs. Also included is a USB port for export of standard .wav files to PC or Macintosh computers. The SDR24/96 is also fully compatible with the new Mackie MicroRemote Controller ($99.00 MSRP, U.S.) and the existing Remote24.
SDR24/96 Features Include:
24 Tracks -- 192 Virtual Tracks -- for up to 90 minutes of continuous recording
12-channel 24-bit recording at 96kHz
Built-in 20Gb internal disk plus pullout bay for extra Mackie Media removable drives
24 channel of Analog I/O built in
ADAT optical I/O built-in
Full Meter Bridge
Non-destructive cut, copy and paste editing
Sync to SMPTE, MIDI, and Word Clock
Optional remotes available
Available from authorized Mackie dealers in Q1, 2002,