Summary: An intelligently planned machine that offers a lot of recording space for not much money. In some areas it is rather basic, but it scores heavily when it comes to ease of use and reliability.
Pros: 24 tracks at 24-bit., Designed to make recording fast and easy., Great value for money., Great monitoring options., Dedicated submix control., Auto punch-in feature is extremely good., Good sound quality., SSA and global pitch adjust.
Cons: Screen is a bit small for metering., No radical new features added since the 2488., The 64-voice sound module is gone., Effects arrangement is restrictive., EQ is basic., There are no sound-manipulation tools onboard., Only four XLR inputs., Stereo tracks restrict options.
Excerpt: Not so long ago, a 24-track tape machine was one of the most significant and expensive investments a studio could make. Having 24 tracks to play with meant you were one of the big boys – several leagues ahead of the Portastudio enthusiasts struggling on 4-track cassette-based systems, and suitably more geared up than smaller facilities which could stretch to only 8- or 16-track recordings.