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playback files and playlists. Because of the inherent limitation of FAT32
drives (no file can be larger than 2 GB in size), the uTrack24 records
audio seamlessly in 2 GB "chunks", each chunk containing 24 tracks of
audio and several minutes long (depending on track count, sample rate,
and resolution). uTool extracts these chunks from the external drive, puts
them on your computer, combines them into one long file, and extracts
the individual channels as separate WAV files for import to your DAW. It
works in the other direction to upload multitrack files and playlists in a
form the uTrack24 can recognize. In either direction, it's automatic and
hassle-free.
Going to work
Actually using the uTrack24 is a cinch. You wire the inputs to your console's direct outs, make sure you've got good levels, and punch the big
red Record button. Boom, you're recording audio. As you go, you can
hit the Play button to set a marker for easy reference later (between
songs at a festival, or marking sections of a track as it's played). The
front panel keeps track of how many markers you've placed, how much
record time your drive has left on it, and how many dropouts have happened due to a too-slow drive (again, not a problem with an SSD!).
Takes are automatically named and date/time stamped, and as fast
as you can hit Stop and Record, new ones are created. It takes only a
few seconds to unplug a full drive and plug in an empty one, and
they're recognized in a flash. You can dial in a monitor mix with levels, panning, and mute/solo for each track, using the front panel or
uRemote. You can shuttle through a playlist of multitrack audio playback files, change it on the fly, set up loop playback... everything is
neat, tidy, easy to find, and sweat-free, which is what you want for
high-stakes live recording situations.
Oh, and I found audio quality to be impeccably clear and clean, so
you also get to set aside the worry of "What if the recorder's working
too hard and I get clicks and pops and noise?". Pair the uTrack24
with an SSD and record multitrack 24/96 audio without fear.

Conclusions
The uTrack24 isn't cheap, but neither is peace of mind.
It's easy to use, dead solid reliable, sounds amazing,
pairs well with external mic preamps to serve as a studio's
24-channel DAW interface when you're not on the road,
and requires very little computer savvy (and then only
when the actual recording's done!). Pair it with uRemote
and it goes from "very easy to use" to "very easy to use,
elegant, and massively informative at a glance".

Whether you're in the business of recording live
shows, or you just want a way to track in the studio
with ease and leave your DAW turned off until it's time
to edit and mix, the uTrack24 gives you a workflow
that's second to none.
Price: $999
More from: Cymatic Audio, www.cymaticaudio.com;
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