|Korg D3200 32-Track Digital Recording Studio|
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|KORG's D3200 32-Track Digital Recording Studio is the first in its class to provide up to 32 tracks of simultaneous playback and up to 16 tracks of simultaneous recording. Interactive Session Drums allow you to easily create a realistic and natural drum track for your entire song, simply by tweaking a few knobs. The D3200 provides 16- and 24-bit uncompressed 44.1 or 48kHz recording and playback. By taking advantage of the 8 virtual tracks provided for each track, you can record a total of up to 272 tracks. In 24-bit mode, the digital data passing through the fader and EQ is recorded onto the internal 80GB hard drive as 32-bit data, ensuring even higher recording and playback quality. The internal processor uses 64-bit precision (maximum 69-bit), delivering professional-level audio quality.|
|Number of Recording Tracks||32|
Average review score based on 16 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
Portable, 12 track recording at once, high quality bit-rate = NICE!
But the screen is small & so are the many icons & windows on it.
The drums are *Meh*. The learning curve is steep.
What drove me nuts: I could not get it to record!
I read the 200 page manual over & over. But was focusing on the wrong sections. Finally, after reading 300 posts at an online forum...I discovered:
It defaulted (new song) into the *song protect mode*.
I could not arm a track until I unlocked it.
Took me a week to figure that out....DUH!
I can set unit up in about a minute and start recording.
Sound quality is excellent.
I synch D3200 to computer for writing midi tracks to go with audio recordings.
A VGA and USB video output can now be fitted to D3200 called a '2seemy' unit solving the main drawback being the too small LCD screen on the D3200.
Internet forums such as Studiotrax provide great knowledge base. This is relevant if you have or are thinking of buying a D3200.
You'll have to spend a few hours getting familiar with how the unit works.
It doesn't have input for a mouse, yet.
I had the D1600 little brother and now have had the D3200 for awhile now. Bottom line, if you're a guitarist/singer/songwriter and want to do great sounding demos quickly and reliably without EVER having to worry about CPU usage or latency issues, pick one of these up. Everybody talks about how the built-in drums suck, but the built-in drums are meant to be like loops for guide tracks until a real drummer can come in and overdub. Which he can because you can record 12-inputs simultaneously. If you have a band that likes to record live, it's perfect. I got the Korg because I think it actually sounds a bit like tape. There's a warm quality to it. As for the tiny screen issue, don't let that put you off unless you have to get into waveforms and tweak as a part of your recording process. It should not be a dealbreaker. The effects are like 56-bit and totally tweakable and they're Korg, like in their synths, Pandora, etc. Add a decent set of monitors and mics, and you've got an instant 16-channel 24-bit 48kHz home studio with no latency EVER and no CPU issues. And did I mention total reliability? It does not crash, period. One last word - it is not a simple machine, but the manual is excellent. You have to read and learn how to use this machine, but it will handle 98% of the recording jobs most of us have. If you know what you're doing, you can cut an album on this that sounds really great!
The Korg D3200 is a major home run. It's easy to use and sounds great. I've found the preamps warm with plenty of headroom. There are plenty of analog inputs to record your songs with the whole band and enough tracks to add the parts you hear in your head later. Compared to computer recrding the D3200 is a snap. No latentcy monitoring problems and no year long learning curve. Importing and exporting is easily done from the CD burner. Editing and marking your "in & out" locations points is rediculouly easy. I especially loved how easy it was to do a stereo mix of your recorded tracks and burn a CD on the spot. How could you not like this machine? Way to go Korg!
I've owned the D3200 for about three years now and it has performed flawless. The unit is built sturdy and all of the controls, knobs and inputs are easy to access and operate. The pop-up display screen is a bit small but serves the purpose. My biggest complaint is maneuvering the pointer via the track-ball system. Again a small deal. My last issue would be the session drums - which are to me only appropriate for simple drum beats and patterns to keep timing. I highly suggest using real drums for end results or a good drum session machine.
Having said the above and what I don't like about the unit - which to me is petty to be quite honest. The rest of the unit and functions are great for the price and design. Setup and recording tracks is very simple and straight forward - as well introducing effects, EQ etc. I was able to record a complete song with multiple instruments without even using the manual - it's that simple if you have basic knowledge. The sound quality is very good for the price and unit components. Editing and mix down are also fairly easy once you have some basic instruction. Burning a finished product to CD is a breeze as well writing tracks to CD, backup etc.
Overall I'm very satisfied with this unit and would certainly recommend it to anyone who has moderate knowledge of recording as well great for beginners = perfect unit. Do not hesitate to buy this machine - it certainly is a lot for the money and worth every penny.
4 out of 5 stars - missing 5 stars only due to minor short comings above