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TASCAM Premiers X-48 Digital Multitrack

World's First 48-Track Hybrid Hard Disk Workstation Offers High-Resolution Recording with a DAW Interface

TASCAM's new X-48 is the world's first 48-track hybrid hard disk workstation, offering the best of both worlds: the stability and ease-of-use of a stand-alone hard disk recorder with the GUI, editing and mixing features of computer-based digital audio workstations. The X-48 boasts 96kHz/24-bit recording across all 48 tracks and 192kHz recording across 24 tracks. Its file interoperability and synchronization surpass even the TEC award-winning MX-2424, making it the ultimate multitrack solution for high-quality music, post and live recording applications. Yet it goes beyond mere stand-alone recorders - its built-in automated 48-channel digital mixer, VGA display output, powerful editing functions and DVD+RW backup transform the X-48 into a complete standalone workstation.

"Configuring a professional computer-based DAW of this capability could cost over $20,000 and would require more than a dozen components to install and troubleshoot," says Jim Bailey, Product Manager for TASCAM. "We have created a turn-key multitrack workstation with peerless audio quality and a state-of-the-art feature set while retaining the interoperability and reliability of our acclaimed MX-2424. The Broadcast WAVE file format and OMFi import and export are compatible with workstations such as Pro Tools, and the built-in DVD+RW drive, support for FireWire hard drives and Gigabit Ethernet make it simple to transfer tracks between systems. But it's the built-in digital mixing, plug-in support and graphic user interface that make this a unique solution for users who need either a multitrack recorder or an all-in-one workstation."

The X-48 is the most advanced standalone multitrack recorder ever released:
  • 48-track digital recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit
  • 24-track recording at 192kHz/24-bit
  • 32-bit floating point audio file recording and playback with no loss of track count
  • VGA and PS/2 connections for keyboard, monitor and mouse
  • Built-in 48-channel TDIF inputs and outputs
  • Built-in S/PDIF I/O
  • Two 24-channel option slots support analog, ADAT or AES/EBU expansion cards
  • Advanced integrated synchronization and machine control, including HDTV tri-level sync
  • Time-stamped Broadcast WAVE file format
  • Front-panel transport, track arming, project management and meter functions
  • Built-in 80GB hard drive
  • Built-in DVD+RW drive for backup and restore
  • Two FireWire (IEEE-1394) and four USB 2.0 ports for external hard drive support
  • Graphic User Interface for editing, mixing, plug-ins and meters
  • ±12.5% varispeed
  • Grid-style editing
  • Theater Play mode
  • Gigabit Ethernet, includes FTP server and drive sharing
  • Non-destructive editing with undo/redo
  • Built on embedded Windows XP operating system
  • OMF, AAF and OpenTL import and export

In addition, the X-48 functions as an all-in-one workstation, with powerful digital editing and mixing facilities:
  • Turn-key operation: no software or hardware conflicts to troubleshoot
  • 48-channel digital mixing at 96kHz / 24-channels at 192kHz
  • 6 stereo returns (60 inputs at mixdown)
  • 24 busses
  • 6 aux sends
  • Stereo buss
  • 32-bit floating point mixer resolution
  • Full dynamic automation
  • Dynamics and four-band EQ per channel
  • 4 VST plug-in inserts on each channel, group and aux return
  • Controllable using the US-2400 24-fader Universal Controller
  • Full graphic user interface

The TASCAM X-48 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $4,999 and will be available in the Winter of 2005.

TASCAM is the professional audio division of TEAC Corporation and produces the most comprehensive line of audio recorders, mixers and related equipment in the pro audio industry. TASCAM has offices in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Japan, Mexico and Latin America . For additional information, contact:

TASCAM • 7733 Telegraph Road • Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 726-0303 • www.tascam.com