Still one of the best hardware multi-track recorders out there, the Alesis HD24 has not just stood the test of time but continues to prove itself as one of the most reliable machines to record up to twenty-four simultaneous tracks of audio.
What I specifically like about the HD24, is its ergonomics. Quite simply, there’s no faffing around. Big buttons that do the simple tasks that you want them to do an’ that’s it! Love it!!!
For location recording or any situation where you don’t want to be bothered with a computer, the HD24 is just perfect.
THE DOWNSIDE… The reason that the HD24 fell out of favour is that Alesis used its own proprietary file format which although very robust, meant that you couldn't just pull out the drives and connect them to a Mac or a PC. You need to use either the original Alesis Connect software which will only work up to 32-bit Windows 7 or early Mac OSX, or something like HD24 Tools, which is a freely available third-party program.
The next problem is connecting up your IDE HD24 hard drive and this takes a little skill. Not difficult but you have to respect a couple of things. Hot-swappable hard drives are now the norm’ but that wasn’t the case back in the days when things were IDE! There are lots of IDE interfaces available on the market and even caddies to make mounting of IDE hard drives a breeze.
I have three of these machines. Two of them are being sold as part of a couple of large PA systems. One them is being sold by itself. All HD24s are in beautiful condition. All come with hard drives in both bays and all are supplied with the Alesis remote control and I even have some caddy boxes for sale.
I really don’t want to sell these but needs must.
The user manual (and specifications) are available here: https://7132afa424c2f1a2ab6d-54d68a14e2e7c1f76563a2d8c3e9fd82.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/1581/documents/adat_hd24_manual.pdf
PRICE: £450.00. COLLECTION FROM HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HERTFORDSHIRE ONLY.