Cymatic Audio uTrack24

24-track Recorder/Player/Interface, 1U 19" rackmount chassis, with 24-bit Resolution, 96kHz Sample Rate, USB Media Port, and Balanced I/O via 25-pin D-Sub
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24-track Recording Without a Computer!

Sweetwater knows that sometimes, you want to do high-quality recordings without a computer. Enter the Cymatic Audio uTrack 24, a 19" rackmount, 24-track recorder/player/interface. The uTrack 24 records directly to USB media plugged into its front panel, while a three-color LED lets you keep tabs on the levels of all channels. The LEDs do double duty as a 24-segment level meter for individual channels. A big LCD shows all important info and makes for fast and intuitive editing of parameters via an endless push encoder. Illuminated front-panel transport controls make recording easy even in dark venue conditions.

Cymatic Audio uTrack 24 24-Channel Recorder at a Glance:
  • Versatile USB recorder for stage and studio
  • Tons of functionality in a compact chassis
  • Use the uTrack 24 as an interface
Versatile USB recorder for stage and studio

The Cymatic Audio uTrack 24 can record 24 channels with a sampling rate of 48kHz and up to 24 bits; it records up to eight channels with a sampling rate of 96kHz at 24 bits. It also gives you the possibility to loop record endlessly. Unlike other digital recorders, you have no limit on maximum recording time; the only limitation is the capacity of the recording medium.

Tons of functionality in a compact chassis

The uTrack 24 packs tons of functionality into its compact 1U chassis, accepting up to 24 input and output signals via D-Sub multi-pin connectors. This allows even large live shows to be recorded easily. And thanks to the BNC WordClock input and output, the recorder can integrate seamlessly into a range of digital recording environments.

Use the uTrack 24 as an interface

With its dedicated control room and headphone outputs with individual hardware level controls, Cymatic Audio's uTrack24 also functions as a powerful and value-packed 24x24 computer audio interface. It's plug-and-play compatible with Mac OSX, Windows, and iOS.

Cymatic Audio uTrack 24 24-Channel Recorder Features:
  • Allows connection of 24 channels of balanced I/O via 25-pin D-Sub connectors
  • Operates as a 24x24 USB computer audio interface
  • Alternate format 24x24 I/O using optional digital expansion module
  • 24-bit resolution, up to 96kHz sample rate:
    • Channel configuration: 24 x 24 at 48kHz
    • Channel configuration changes to 8 x 8 at 88.2 and 96kHz
  • Records directly to USB hard drives via front-panel USB port
  • 3-segment hardware input metering per input channel
  • Large, easy-to-use illuminated front panel transport controls
  • Internal DSP mixer allows internal monitoring of stereo mix of all 24 inputs through
  • Monitoring via front-panel headphone jack
  • Adjust level, panning, mute, and solo for all 24-inputs
  • 24-segment hardware input metering, all with no external mixer required
  • Synchronize two uTrack 24 recorders for a total track count of 48 tracks
  • BNC Word Clock I/O allows integration into larger digital systems
  • Large, detailed LCD screen, dedicated menu buttons, and rotary push control
  • Compatible with Mac OSX, Windows, and iOS
Record 24-track without a computer, with the Cymatic Audio uTrack 24!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
Digital Workstation Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Total Channels 24
Tracks 24
Analog Inputs 3 x DB25
Analog Outputs 3 x DB25, 2 x TRS, 1 x Headphones
Digital Outputs 1 x Ethernet
MIDI I/O In/Out
USB Yes
Word Clock BNC I/O
A/D Resolution 24-bit
Editing Yes
Simultaneous Play 24
Simultaneous Rec. 24
Rack Height 1U
Power Supply 12V (DC)
Manufacturer Part Number uTrack24

Customer Reviews

3.5/5
Based on 4 reviews
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5/5

Cymatic uTrack24

This is exactly the multi-track unit I have been looking for to replace my beloved Alesis HD24s. An audio engineer friend recommended it to me. Over the years it has become more and more difficult to reliably and quickly transfer audio from the no longer supported HD24. I don't like using a computer in live orchestra and opera recording situations (which is all I do), so this Cymatic unit is just what I have been looking for. It is compact, straightforward, and a great value. It is relatively new on the market, and from the promotional material I see, the company is serious about enhancing and expanding the unit's capabilities. Thanks, Cymatic, I'm glad I discovered you.
Music background: Classical music recording engineer and radio broadcast host.
4.5/5

works great, a tremendous value

I was very excited about this product when it was previewed at NAMM in 2014. Very similar in features to the JoeCo Black Box BBR1-B recorder, and at about 1/3 the cost. There were a couple things holding me back. One was the primitive metering. The Black Box is by comparison quite luxurious with three VU meter LEDs per channel. The uTrack 24 only has one tri-color LED per channel. Yes, there is a mode where you can dedicate all of the LEDs to create one gigantic 24-segment VU meter for a channel you designate, but you have to menu-dive for that, and who has time for that in a live situation? But there’s very, very good news on that front. Whereas the Black Box unit requires a $500 accessory to use an iPad as a meter bridge, this capability is essentially free on the uTrack24. If you use iOS, the uRemote app is free and you probably should download it just to check it out, as it has a demo mode so you can play with it even without being connected to a uTrack24. You can change all the record parameters, as well as monitor the VU meters over WiFi using an iPhone or an iPad. (Apparently an Android version of the app is in the works). I have my uTrack24 racked up with 24 channels of mic preamps. Because the uTrack24 has a network connector on the back, all you need is a wireless router. I bought a ZyXel MWR102 wireless router off Amazon for under 25 bucks. It’s tiny and I have it attached to the inside roof of my recording rack with double sided tape. So my little recording rack puts up a secure wireless hotspot and I can monitor my recording levels, and stop and start the machines from anywhere in the vicinity. I cannot overstate how convenient this is. In addition the uTrack24, when it’s sitting idle, is actually constantly buffering audio data. So even if you’re a second or two late hitting the record button, the pre-record buffer is written to disk so you don’t end up missing anything. Another very nice feature. So far I’ve recorded one gig with it, and the results look promising. Two things to note: Many digital recorders I’ve used have some amount of margin at 0 dB. Yeah, I know, you’re never supposed to go to 0 on a digital recorder, but the reality is, a blip of red usually isn’t the end of the world. Not so here. On this device, 0 dB really is zero dB. Here be dragons. It does not help that on the front panel LEDs, warning orange and here-be-dragons red are very hard to tell apart. Best to use the uRemote app for metering. With 24 bits of resolution, there’s really no need to push the signal has hard as I did. Bad me. The other issue I discovered is that the WD 1TB USB hard drive I was using doesn’t take kindly to vibration. During especially loud passages, if the drive is vibrating, it will be unable to write and the buffered audio data gets lost. What you hear are gaps in your recording. The uTrack 24 tells you right on the front panel whether it’s encountered any dropouts. So I will need to experiment with how I place the drive. At this gig I simply had it sitting on a metal rack shelf, inside the rack case which was right next to the bass rig. In retrospect, not a great plan for success. The manufacturer does not recommend solid state thumb-drives because, while average access times are fast, sometimes these drives momentarily experience very high write latencies, and these write latencies will cause dropouts. I tested a 64 GB Kingston thumb drive, and was unable to record at 24 bits / 24 tracks / 44.1 kHz without dropouts. I did a 2h test recording at 16 bits though without any issues. Sound quality is great. The uTrack 24 can also be used as a 24 in / 24 out interface for Windows or MacOS, and I have not yet had a chance to try that out.
Music background: keyboards, mobile recording, manufacturing
4/5

1U simplicity

great unit. works as advertised. simple front panel with big transport buttons. I primarily use it for live recording ...it is very easy to set up and use for live gigs. Files easily import to PC. I am using a Seagate 1TB hard drive ..works great..no issues. 4 stars because it does not have input pad or gain / trim... otherwise would be 5 stars...but I knew that before the purchase so I was not surprised or disappointed. This unit has quite a lot of horsepower in a small very easy to use package. I have recorded some live bands and artists that have 10 to 40+ years in the biz with this unit....they loved the tracks I gave them. Others have mentioned the single LED per channel metering as a pain ...but you will need something in front of this unit to trim the input anyway ...pick something with metering so its not too much problem. I will probably purchase a second one at some point.
Music background: musician, engineer
1/5

Awful d-sub connectors, and lagging usb expiriance

This is probably worst investment in my music life so far. D-sub connectors are very bad, don't hold cable, they are always falling off. Usb connections throw computer is very slow and very easy to make computer slow. As soon as I connect this device to computer, everything goes slow. Only useful thing on this is recording capability. I didn't test it yet, but I hope it is better than usb work. I was hoping that I will be able to use this device with 24 track output to my mixer, but usb is so slow and always lagging, so It is useless for soundcard jobs. I only hope that this device can record good quality, and I will use it for that only. If it don't record good quality, I will sell it and forget it hopefully.
See also: USB Interfaces, Cymatic Audio, Cymatic Audio USB Audio Interfaces, Cymatic Audio Digital Multitrack Recorders