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Tascam Debuts X-48 Digital Multitrack

Sunday May 08, 2005
Tascam's new X-48 is a 48-track hybrid hard disk workstation, offering the best of both worlds: the stability of a stand-alone hard disk recorder with the GUI, editing features and plug-in compatibility of computer-based digital audio workstations...
Tascam Debuts X-48 Digital Multitrack

Tascam's new X-48 is a 48-track hybrid hard disk workstation, offering the best of both worlds: the stability of a stand-alone hard disk recorder with the GUI, editing features and plug-in compatibility of computer-based digital audio workstations. The X-48 boasts 96kHz/24-bit recording across all 48 tracks and 192kHz recording across 24 tracks. Its file interoperability and synchronization surpass the MX-2424. Yet it goes beyond mere stand-alone recorders -- its built-in automated 48-channel digital mixer, VGA display output, powerful editing functions and DVD+RW backup transform the X-48 into a complete standalone workstation.

The X-48 features include:

  • 48-track digital recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit
  • 24-track recording at 192kHz/24-bit
  • 32-bit floating point audio file recording and playback with no loss of track count
  • VGA and PS/2 connections for keyboard, monitor and mouse
  • Built-in 48-channel TDIF inputs and outputs
  • Built-in S/PDIF I/O
  • Two 24-channel option slots support analog, ADAT or AES/EBU expansion cards
  • Advanced integrated synchronization and machine control, including HDTV tri-level sync
  • Time-stamped Broadcast WAVE file format
  • Front-panel transport, track arming, project management and meter functions
  • Built-in 80GB hard drive
  • Built-in DVD+RW drive for backup and restore
  • Two FireWire (IEEE-1394) and four USB 2.0 ports for external hard drive support
  • Graphic User Interface for editing, mixing, plug-ins and meters
  • ±12.5% varispeed
  • Grid-style editing
  • Theater Play mode
  • Gigabit Ethernet, includes FTP server and drive sharing
  • Non-destructive editing with undo/redo
  • Built on embedded Windows XP operating system
  • OMF, AAF and OpenTL import and export

In addition, the X-48 functions as an all-in-one workstation, with powerful digital editing and mixing facilities:

  • Turn-key operation: no software or hardware conflicts to troubleshoot
  • 48-channel digital mixing at 96kHz / 24-channels at 192kHz
  • 6 stereo returns (60 inputs at mixdown)
  • 24 busses
  • 6 aux sends
  • Stereo buss
  • 32-bit floating point mixer resolution
  • Full dynamic automation
  • Dynamics and four-band EQ per channel
  • 4 VST plug-in inserts on each channel, group and aux return
  • Controllable using the US-2400 24-fader Universal Controller
  • Full graphic user interface

The TASCAM X-48 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $4,999 and will be available in the Summer of 2005.

For more information, visit their web site at www.tascam.com

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