Newcomers Cymatic look set to revolutionise the world of live recording and playback with this remarkably affordable new device.
Cymatic Audio are a fairly new Dutch company, but the people behind the brand apparently have a wealth of experience in designing and manufacturing sophisticated digital audio equipment for the MI market. We reviewed the company’s first product, the LR16 16–track recorder, in the July 2013 issue (http://sosm.ag/jul13-cymatic), and it so impressed the SOS team that it was nominated for an SOS Award!
The subject of this review is closely related in its technology but, as the name implies, it has a greater track count as well as a different form factor. At its core, the uTrack 24 is a 1U rackmounting 24–track, 24–bit digital recorder/player operating with a user–supplied USB 2 storage device, and at base sample rates of 44.1 or 48 kHz. It also supports 16–bit recording, if required, as well as lower track counts from stereo, through 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20, but there is no facility to arm individual tracks for recording — it’s all in the selected group, or none!
If desired, the unit can also be used at 88.2 or 96 kHz sample rates, but with a maximum track count of just eight channels (stereo, and four–channel modes are also available). Although the uTrack 24 might lack some of the ‘bells and whistles’ of high–end competitors’ products, it should be appreciated that the design was deliberately focused on making a very competitively priced product, while retaining as much flexibility as possible.
First and foremost, the uTrack 24 is designed for simple 24–track recording with the live–sound market being its main focus. It can be connected to a console’s direct outputs, for example, to track a gig for later review, or mixing and release. It can also be used for multichannel playback, allowing...
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