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Hard Disk Recorders:
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 What file formats are supported by the HDR24/96?
You can record your audio into either Wave (.wav) and AIFF (.aif). All files are mono, non-interleaved files that can be imported or exported. This refers to the audio files only.

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 What kind of backup options do I have?
You can back your files up to either the MackieMedia M90 or FTP through an ethernet hub to an external computer or network. The HDR24/96 must be idle (not recording or playing back) to transfer files between drives.

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 What kind of inputs and outputs can I use?
The HDR24/96 uses a three-slot card cage for all inputs and outputs. Each slot supports a single card for eight channels of I/O, giving you a total of 24 channels I/O simultaneously. Four different tape I/O cards are available: the AIO•8 (analog format, +4dBu signals), the DIO•8 (24 bit ADAT optical & Tascam TDIF formats), the OPT•8 (24 bit ADAT optical format only) and the PDI•8 (AES/EBU format). All cards are sold as additional purchases to the HDR24/96 and are the same cards that are used in the Mackie Digital 8•Bus (D8B).

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 What type of hard drive does the HDR24/96 use?
The HDR24/96 uses IDE Ultra DMA hard drives. The drives are 7200rpm and 2x file transfer rate. You can record to and play back from either the internal and removable drives. Ultra DMA drives use FAT32, which can boot up on Windows-based PCs or compatible Mac platforms.

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 Do the HDR24/96's hard drives require defragmentation?
Since fragmentation results from very small amounts of data (like a text file) being "skipped over" so that larger amounts of data can be stored, the HDR24/96 stores all data in large 500KB chunks and thus eliminates the need for de-fragmentation.

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 What kinds of synchronization does the HDR24/96 support?
The HDR24/96's internal clock can be used as a master source for either peripheral digital devices or slave HDR24/96's. It can send SMPTE, PAL, NTSC, and MTC. You can also sync the HDR24/96 to external sources in the form of word clock, video sync, SMPTE, NTSC, PAL, MTC and MMC.

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 If I already own a D8B, how does the HDR24/96 integrate into my system?
The HDR24/96 will work together with the D8B to give you the full power of a professional DAW system for less than $15,000. All recording, editing, and mixing is done without any other platforms or software applications getting in the way. Because they use the same I/O cards, it is very easy and convenient to patch both the D8B and the HDR24/96 together. You'll need 24 channels of I/O connection (check your cards), a Word Clock cable and MIDI cables. Also, you can use an external combiner/switcher to merge the monitor, keyboard, and mouse connections from both the HDR24/96 and the D8B into a single display and set of controls.

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 Now that I can record, what are some other features of the HDR24/96?
You can use the HDR24/96 as a non-linear, non-destructive editor without the assistance of any external computer or software. Simply plug in an SVGA monitor and PS/2 compatible mouse/keyboard and you're ready to edit. Features of the editor include fade-in, fade-out, looping, auto-crossfade, multiple-layer undo, scrub/shuttle functions, cue list, level automation and many more!

Each of the HDR24/96's 24 tracks has eight virtual tracks, one of which can be activated for playback or recording. Audio regions on the virtual tracks can be edited and dragged/dropped in the same fashion as all other tracks.
 

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