Zoom R24 vs Boss BR 800

zoom r24 vs boss br 800 might be closer than what you think. Many people have been discussing which one of these two is a better buy for them. Today, we’re going to give you some insight on what devices are capable of and will try to give a verdict on which one is better.

Zoom R24

Zoom R24 is basically a Zoom R16 with some new features. It has so many features that it might take too long to talk about all of them. To make it simpler, Zoom R24 is a 24-track recorder with mixing tools that can be used as a multi-channel computer audio interface and control surface; loop-sampling features, drum samples, and a sequencer for creating rhythm tracks; looping ability; good selection of amp sims; and a pair of built-in mics, so you don’t need to carry a mic with you.

If you’re familiar with Zoom R16, then you’ll be amazed with R24. It’s now fully portable and very lightweight with only 1.3kg, you can easily fit it inside a large laptop bag. Battery wise, it can run easily from batteries. Over 4 hours run on six standard AA alkaline. Of course, you can simply plug it in using the main adaptor.

This portability is not to be underestimated, many people love the idea of being able to set up the recorder in strategic locations. For a quick stereo recording, band rehearsal or gig, you use R24 quickly and effortless.

It’s also versatile, if you need a more detailed stereo recording, simply plug in a pair of high-quality condensers into R24. It’s equipped with phantom power for up to six of its mic inputs. If you’re curious, there are eight mic inputs available.

R24 is capable of recording eight tracks simultaneously, this opens up a possibility of making a multitrack recording of a full band or pretty much anything you want.

You can add any instruments into the mix, provided that you have enough mics for the all of the instruments. If you want even more, you can link two R24s and record 16 channels simultaneously.

For EQ, there eight simultaneous channels that can be applied. There are also amp sims featuring 18 types of guitar amp models or 6 types of bass amp models from the G2nu effects unit. There is an included USB memory stick that contains 1.5GB of drum loops that you can use. See also: Behringer Q1202 vs QX1202.

For people who want to record direct to a computer via USB, R24 can function as an eight-in/two-out audio interface for 16-bit/44.1kHz audio or as a two-in/two-out interface for 24-bit/96kHz audio. They also give you Cubase LE 5 as the software that can help you.

All in all, for users who are looking for some specific uses might find one or two features are missing, such as unintuitive drum chaining and no footswitchable punch-in, but for general users, it has more features than you can ever ask for.

It’s such a wonder how they managed to put in so many features into this little thing without compromising quality or charging at least double the price.

Boss BR 800

Boss BR 800 is very easy to use and has many good effects available. Boss BR 800 is the first new entry in the BR series of many multitrack studios for over four years. The USB audio interface and software control surface functions will be appreciated by many people, complete with the sleek touch-sensitive control surface.

Just like Zoom R24, Boss BR 800 is portable, light-weight and easy to operate. It offers onboard rhythm programming and many onboard effects that can be recorded as one of the input signals. This includes some guitar and bass amp sims and effects, from the GT -10/10B and vocal effects from the new VE-20.

Since this device is designed to be portable, it can run from batteries, supplied power adaptor or even via USB, and able record onto an SD card. It also has a pair of microphones so you can record gigs and rehearsals in stereo. You will need a bag to carry around.

It supports simultaneous recording of up to 4 tracks, just like many multitrackers out there. With the microphone you could easily record a multi-mic’d live drum kit and transfer it to a computer.

Unfortunately, phantom power is only available on only one input panel, so you won’t be able to use a matched pair of condensers.

The onboard rhythm generator is great for building up a backing track from scratch. It has a total of 327 rhythm patterns including intros, verses, fills, and endings in a lot of varieties of musical styles. You can arrange it to make a complete track and the sounds can be chosen from a set of nine drum kits.

Overall, Boss BR 800 is a great device for a home practice set up. You don’t need for a guitar amp and effect pedals. You can just simply have Boss BR 800 and a computer to be connected to the same set of desktop monitors. Boss BR 800 is an extremely functional device on its own, as a part of a larger set-up, it can be very flexible.

Overall, Boss BR 800 is a great device for a home practice set up. You don’t need for a guitar amp and effect pedals. You can just simply have Boss BR 800 and a computer to be connected to the same set of desktop monitors. Boss BR 800 is an extremely functional device on its own, as a part of a larger set-up, it can be very flexible.

Zoom R24 vs Boss BR 800

- Equipped with a set of built-in high-sensitivity stereo condenser mic
- Capture sound effects, speeches and dialog with excellent clarity. Recording data format: 16/ 24-bit, 44. 1/ 48 kHz WAV format
- Connect two R24s via USB for 16 tracks of simultaneous recording
- 4-track simultaneous recording, 8-track simultaneous playback plus dedicated stereo rhythm track playback. EZ Recording interactively guides through the recording process. Powerful guitar, bass, and vocal effects derived from BOSS's flagship processors
- Song Sketch recording for quick stereo capture in WAV format. Built-in advanced drum machine with editor software. Functions as a USB audio interface and DAW control surface
- Functions as a USB audio interface and DAW control surface. Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 LE software with full audio loops and backing tracks included. Built-in stereo condenser microphone for instant recording Sleek new interface based on touch sensors


Choosing which one of these devices is better for you is difficult. Boss BR 800 is great for beginners who want to practice with their audio tinkering. It’s easier to use and much more accessible too, compared to Zoom R24.

On the other hand, Zoom R24, has much more features compared to Boss BR 800, and it’s such a deal considering all the features and build quality that you’ll get. Also, seems like the phantom power issue on Boss BR 800 can be a deal breaker for some people.

Boss BR 800 is priced at $449 and Zoom R24 is priced at $499. With only $50 price difference, we would want to give a bonus point to Zoom R24, especially after comparing it to its sibling R16. Of course, if budget is an issue, Boss BR 800 is always a good alternative, especially for hobbyists.

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