Aged 1608 - time to change to R24?

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Aged 1608 - time to change to R24?

Post by Pork Pie Hat » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:58 am

Hello all,

I've had my old faithful 1608 workhorse since 2005. I think it's nearing the end of its life. I can't get a master I'm happy with - they all seem very quiet.

A bigger problem is that certain projects seem to be corrupted - playback is jerky, repeating itself. From analysis, what seems to be happening is that the drum tracks are playing not only in their proper place, but simultaneously coming through out of sync on one of the instrument tracks 1- 8. I'm wondering if I could painstakingly go through all the V-takes and find something that will play.

I have Windows 10 on my desktop, and the USB connection won't work any longer for backing up. I've managed to get round that by hooking the Zoom up to a Windows 8 tablet. I've done scandisk and disk repair, restored to initial settings (without erasing user data). Neither of these seem to fix the problem. I could maybe try factory reset and reload my projects, but would that solve the weary mastering problem?

My options seem to be:
new hard disk - however, recommended maximum HD size is 120 gigs if I recall correctly, and most hard drives you see now are much bigger. Could a HD be partitioned? I still have my original Zoom disc, but I'm sure I had an update a while ago, and I doubt if that is still available from Zoom?

conversion to SD card - this looks a bit tricky to me, I could maybe take to a shop.

Or is it time to get a new machine? I'm thinking of the R24, but my main question on that is - I have quite a lot of stuff that is nearly finished apart from the jerky playback and not very loud masters - can I transfer my projects from the 1608 into the R24, and how? I'd hate to lose so much nearly-finished material and have to start again...
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Re: Aged 1608 - time to change to R24?

Post by Jim_Fogle » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:29 am

You can go to a computer store and buy a IDE to USB converter device. If you feel comfortable opening the MRS-1608 you could remove the hard drive and use your computer and the converter to both test the hard drive and copy all the hard drive files to your computer. If not, ask the computer store tech to remove the hard drive.

Then you can use forum member codekiddie's fabulous software conversion program http://www.philchris.co.uk/guitarweb/software.htm to convert Zoom audio files to WAV files.

I found a new 120 GB hard drive on Amazon for $20 US. https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywo ... e5jlh2bl_e

The R24 has a different set of features than the MRS-1608. Besides recording, what features do you use that are important to you? Is it important that you have recording capability when you're not around your computer? Do you ever take the MRS-1608 someplace to record others? Do you need eight inputs active simultaneously?
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Re: Aged 1608 - time to change to R24?

Post by Pork Pie Hat » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:21 am

Hi Jim,
Thanks for your response.

I want to keep away from the computer screen when recording music if possible as I have to look at one all day at work. That's why I like the Zoom, it's a substantial piece of kit. I have occasionally taken the Zoom to someone's house to records tracks. I probbaly don't need to record 8 tracks simultaneously.

I'd like to get a new hard drive in the 1608 as I'm familiar with the controls. I think I'll try getting a new hard drive installed. Would i be able to get hold of any patches that came out after I bought the 1608? I have version 1.07 at the moment.

If for some reason a new hard drive didn't take, could I load my saved projects on to an R24?
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