Cymatic Audio LR-16 Live Recorder

16-track USB Recorder/Interface with 16 x Simultaneous Line-level TRS Inputs- Mac/PC/iOS
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Cymatic Audio LR-16 Live Recorder
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Compact USB Recorder and Interface

The Cymatic Audio Live Recorder LR-16 makes recording live audio simple and fast. Just tap into the inserts on your mixer and plug them into the LR-16. This compact and easy-to-use device records directly to USB 2.0 hard drives or even thumb drives. All you have to do is plug it in and hit record. With no confusing and complicated setup, the Cymatic Audio Live Recorder LR-16 is as easy as it gets. You can also use the LR-16 as a USB interface into your favorite DAW. Capture audio easier than ever with the Cymatic Audio Live Recorder LR-16 USB recorder.

Cymatic Audio Live Recorder LR-16 USB Recorder at a Glance:
  • Versatile USB recorder for stage and studio
  • Never run out of drive space
  • Use the LR-16 as a 16-channel USB interface
Versatile USB recorder for stage and studio

Record your live gigs quickly and easily with the Cymatic Audio Live Recorder LR-16. This compact recorder captures audio as WAV files at up to 24-bit 48kHz resolutions (up to 96kHz when used as an audio interface). Setup is quick and easy. Take the inserts from your mixer into the input of the LR-16, then hit record. That's it! You're capturing up to 16 simultaneous channels of audio onto the USB device of your choice. No confusing menus or tracks to arm! The LR-16 records all 16 tracks all the time. The Cymatic Audio Live Recorder LR-16 is ideal for live performances, mobile recordings, podcasting, houses of worship, and more.

Never run out of drive space

Want days of storage space? Use an external USB hard drive. These are relatively inexpensive and can hold tons of audio. You can also use portable USB 2.0 hard drives. If you're after the most portable solution, you can even use a high-quality USB thumb drive for 16-bit recordings. The Cymatic Audio Live Recorder LR-16 makes recording live easy.

Use the LR-16 as a 16-channel USB interface

The Cymatic Audio Live Recorder LR-16 also doubles as a 16 x 2 USB interface for your computer or iPad via USB. You can record up to 16 simultaneous tracks into your favorite DAW. When used as an interface, the LR-16 boasts an increased resolution of up to 24-bit/96kHz. Whether you're recording live or tracking in the studio, the Cymatic Audio Live Recorder LR-16 is the perfect device.

Cymatic Audio Live Recorder LR-16 USB Recorder Features:
  • Compact recorder for live and studio use
  • Records directly to USB 2.0 hard drives and high-quality thumb drives - 16/24-bit 44.1 - 48kHz
  • Use with your computer and DAW as a class compliant USB interface - 24-bit/44.1 - 96kHz
  • Works with Mac OS-X and Windows
  • iPad compatible via USB
  • 16 analog 1/4" TRS inputs
  • Headphone and stereo outputs
  • Built-in mixer with pan, solo, mute and volume control
Capture live audio easier than ever with the Cymatic Audio Live Recorder LR-16 USB recorder!

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Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
Digital Workstation Buying Guide
LR-16 Live Recorder User Manual

Tech Specs

Total Channels 16
Tracks 16
Analog Inputs 16 x 1/4" (TRS)
Analog Outputs 1 x TRS (Stereo)
A/D Resolution 24-bit/44.1kHz/96kHz
D/A Resolution 24-Bit, 44.1kHz-96kHz
Internal Res. 24-Bit, 44.1 - 96kHz
Simultaneous Play 16
Simultaneous Rec. 16
Manufacturer Part Number LR16

Customer Reviews

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Very Cool Multi Track Recorder

First of all, it did take a bit of trial and error to get the hard drive I have working. It's about a 5 year old 250GB Western Digital USB hard drive,. I ended up reformatting it from the LR-16. Once that was done I ran TRS cables from the insert jacks (and group out jacks for stereo channels) from my 16 track Yamaha analog mixing board. Then I balanced the mixer levels as best I could for all the band instruments (guitars, bass, drums, keys, sax, vocals) and hit the record button on the LR-16. We played and it recorded. Then I brought the hard drive over to my laptop, fired up Cubase (DAW), and imported the tracks into Cubase. They show up on the hard drive as 16 separate .wav files which import nicely into Cubase. I adjusted mix levels, EQ'd and added a few effects in the mixdown and ended up with a decent recording. That was my first use of this thing. It worked!! The only negatives I see with this is the housing is kind of a cheap plastic box and the display is primitive. However the menus are intuitive and well layed out. It works great for what our band needs. A quick way to record live multitrack at our practices. We can then hear what we sound like collectively and individually and make improvements. We can also do overdubs and make demo recordings.
Music background: Serious Hobbyist, Bandleader

Basic, and basically EVERYTHING you want/need

Let's start with the negative... It feels a little bit light and would have liked to see a more sturdy structure. The power cord is cheap and flimsy. The USB cable that comes with it is short and nearly useless.Positive... Recording Quality is PERFECT, this is a bare bones thing that strips away all the gear you should already have before you're ready to start recording, why should you pay for MORE pre-amps when your bands mixer already has them (and probably better ones too)... there are no effects on it because if you're using a stand alone recorder to mix down your own tracks instead of a DAW you probably don't know a good effect if you hear one. It was a quick instal of the drivers for my DAW's to recognize the 16 inputs for high quality recording, but I was even able to do 48k 24bit on my external SSD hard drive (a few errors on the USB key, but at 16bit it was error free).If all you're missing is the recorder or the I/O... THIS is your thing
Music background: Recording Engineer, Radio DJ, Musician

very easy to use

I have been looking for a system like this for a number of years. Either they weren't affordable or, when I read the fine print, they could record only 4 or 8 tracks simultaneously. This is the one I have been looking for!

Put it in your briefcase !

I used to carry a Tascam DA 88 and a DA 38 to record live gigs. They were quite the pain in the butt. I recently purchased the Cymatic LR-16. The unit, external hard drive and all the cables fit in my briefcase ! The recording quality is pretty good. The one touch record function is great for when you are playing a song and suddenly remember that you need to record the song you are butchering at that very moment. You won't miss a beat starting the record sequence. Once the machine is set to the record mode all you need is the Start and Stop buttons. It is also VERY easy to drop your audio into Pro Tools. In fact, I was worried because it worked flawlessly the first time I transferred audio to Pro Tools. I highly recommend this product ..... just remember that I also recommended buying PAN AM stock years ago ! That one I got quite WRONG ...... this one I know I got RIGHT !

Great product!

amazed by the simplicity of the product. I recorded a live-gig the same day, imported and mixed in Sonar the next. All without a hitch.
Music background: Live Sound Engineer
See also: USB Interfaces, Cymatic Audio, Cymatic Audio USB Audio Interfaces, Cymatic Audio Digital Multitrack Recorders