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#559288 - 10/15/19 08:56 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] - Comparison Review Zoom LiveTrack 20 And Tascam Model 24 - (Article Link)
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Are the days of hardware recorders and portable studios behind us? Are such products only for amateurs? Tascam and Zoom say no.


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#559310 - 10/15/19 12:03 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: - Comparison Review Zoom LiveTrack 20 And Tascam Model 24 - (Article Link) [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Thanks for the link Jim.
I've been looking hard at the little brother of the zoom for my own.
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#559404 - 10/16/19 04:41 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: - Comparison Review Zoom LiveTrack 20 And Tascam Model 24 - (Article Link) [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Thanks for finding this, Jim. The article is timely not only on account of the discussion rokq22 started on making a video, but because the industry appears to be in a revolutionary mode of thinking.
I received the fat Sweetwater catalog this week in the mail. Try as I may, I couldn't find the Tascam and Zoom portable digital recorder spreads which have been there for ages, replaced by a brand new catalog design based around Pro Tools and specialty music video production equipment. There's even a cute little reasonably priced unit that gives the appearance of a cell cam or a go pro (now in talks about Chapter 11 bankruptcy, incidentally) mated with a small recorder on a tripod. Looking like the Wal Mart special.
But I digress. There are all kinds of DAW accessories, including the custom video computer for around $1000. My hunch is that many people get to rigging up their computers only to find they need more power, more ram, more and faster hard drive. A quote from the following link: "For live production, you'll want to pick up a video mixer." It is clear the trend is to get people to spend a lot of money with them. After all, isn't that the idea?
https://www.sweetwater.com/shop/studio-recording/video-equipment/
I'll reserve judgement on this for more astute minds than my own. It looks like the equipment and sales industry is making the move to cash in big time on the home recording craze.
Another interesting thing about that catalog is the guitar and keyboard sections are skeletons of what they once were. Music moving into the hands of the electronic pioneers? I don't know. But a call to Mike Eads or one of the Sweetwater sales reps might be worth the dime.
Finally, one of the myths they would like to have us buy is that online video makers should strive for FOX or Universal Studio quality. That is complete hogwash. We are not competing with professional crews and should beware of falling into the trap of trying. That's another topic.


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#559493 - 10/16/19 05:30 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: - Comparison Review Zoom LiveTrack 20 And Tascam Model 24 - (Article Link) [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Why the interest in video? YouTube.

Even if your interest is primarily audio YouTube is quickly becoming the platform of choice. One reason is competition. For audio hosting you have many choices so the audience is divided while for video all choices ultimately lead to YouTube.

Next, YouTube provides much more opportunity to become a breakout entertainer and star than any other available path.
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#559529 - 10/17/19 04:55 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: - Comparison Review Zoom LiveTrack 20 And Tascam Model 24 - (Article Link) [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Summary from the article: "While the Zoom LiveTrak L-20 and Tascam Model 24 are very similar in I/O and recording capabilities, you may choose one over the other depending on how you’ll use it — be it mixing and recording live shows, or tracking bands in a studio environment. Either way, these units offer a level of convenience, portability and immediacy that a computer + interface rig can’t touch."

The Real Summary: Unless you're recording and mixing live shows or tracking bands in your studio, these units are poor choices to be your studio console.

Mrgeeze, that goes for the L-20's little brother as well. Except for the number of inputs, the two Zooms are essentially the same.
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#559621 - 10/17/19 04:16 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: - Comparison Review Zoom LiveTrack 20 And Tascam Model 24 - (Article Link) [Re: Jim Fogle]
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< "Next, YouTube provides much more opportunity to become a breakout entertainer and star than any other available path.">

That is absolutely true, Jim. For one thing, the amount of information and entertainment value in a video dwarfs that of an audio track. That's why I stress video as a marketing device, as opposed to producing the next "Titanic." Distribution, accessibility, so many factors.
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