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moosers's review (Tascam - CD-RW2000 v3)
By moosers, 05/04/2010
The Tascam CD-RW 2000 V3 is a discontinued model of a CD recorder and player. It is designed for use in recording studios, although there isn't nearly as much need for something like this now as there was even ten years ago, so CD-RWs like this one seem to be quickly dying out. This one comes in a rack mountable casing, which will take up two spaces in a traditional rack case. It is a fairly simple recorder and player to use, especially if you're only using it for the basic features, which is what my experience is with the CD-RW 2000 V3. I don't know how it compares to the original 2000, as I've only used this particular version. In the professional recording studio where I've used this, we had it set it up to record mixes straight to CD. While of course this can be done inside on the box on your computer, this has been in the studio for a while and has stayed since the days when it was a necessity. As a CD player it does the job very well, offering up a headphone jack in the front as well as a knob to control the level. It also has large buttons for play, stop, pause, and record. It has the standard settings that you'd expect from any CD player, as well as some not so standard ones for using the recorder. I must admit that I haven't delved too deep into the 2000 V3, and have generally only used it to write mixes to a CD for clients for myself. For this sort of use and beyond this unit will undoubtedly get the job done. It really just depends on what kind of system you're currently running to see if you need something like this, but most home studio owners won't at all. If you do need a hardware version of a CD player and recorder for your studio, the Tascam CD-RW 2000 V3 shouldn't be too expensive or hard to find even though they don't make them anymore, so I'd definitely recommend looking into it if you've got a need.
moosers's review (Tascam - CD-RW700)
By moosers, 07/08/2010
The Tascam CD-RW700 is a discontinued CD recorder. CD recorders like this aren't really necessary in the world of Digital Audio Workstations, but the professional studio that I work at still has one of these set up, and I would think that you'll find many pro studios out there that still have them as well. These are certainly better CD burners than those you'll find in computers, so when burning a CD from the source in the studio we still use this to do the job. Of course sometimes we'll do it on the computer to save time, but if it's going to be a master CD, it's always done with our Tascam CD-RW700. I've used a few of these before but haven't ever had a need to use one extensively or get too in depth with it beyond making a simple CD, so I can't really speak to the more in depth features of the CD-RW700. Having said this, I wouldn't think that too many people out there are still using this for anything other than simple CD recording/burning. This device does sit in a rack mountable casing, as it takes up two spaces in a traditional rack space. While there are some benefits to using the Tascam CD-RW700, I wouldn't say that it's necessary this day and age and would really only recommend having it or something like it if you're going to be using it in a professional studio where a lot of masters are made. Even so, you could get away without using one if you wanted to. This having been said, if you do find yourself in need of a nice CD recorder, the Tascam CD-RW700 is more than capable of handling everything you'd need it to do and even though I only have a few other models to compare it to, it's probably the best one I've used...
moosers's review (Alesis - MasterLink ML-9600)
By moosers, 15/12/2010
The Alesis MasterLink ML-9600 is a two track hard disk recorder designed for a variety of purposes. The studio I work at has one of these in one of our smaller rooms for printing final mixes to CD for the most part. The MasterLink ML-9600 will take up two spaces in a traditional rack casing and consists of connections for both analog and digital inputs and outputs, and has both XLR and RCA jacks for each. The front panel has a good amount going on, as there's a ton you can do with the ML-9600 that I haven't delved into yet, including on board signal processing. You can burn CD's with this at either standard 44.1 kHz/16 bit, or at higher resolutions up to 96 kHz, 24 bit. It's a great mastering tool as you can even do fade in and outs as well as other trimming and cutting for mastering purposes. The signal processing it has on board includes compression, limiting, equalization and normalization. You can also save playlists and store up to 30 hours of stereo tracks right on the internal drive. Basically the Alesis MasterLink ML-9600 is just about the most up to date CD recorder you'll find, combing older methods with the newest technology available. While most home studio owners probably won't have a need for the ML-9600, in professional studios like the one I work it, it can be very useful for getting mixes ready for mastering and beyond. They're no longer making the ML-9600, so I'm not sure exactly what kind of price these command on the used market or how it compares to a newer model if there is one. However, the Alesis MasterLink ML-9600 is a very powerful CD recorder and is one you should know about if you're in the market for something like this.
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