US: M-Audio has announced the introduction of the MicroTrack II handheld digital recorder. Following on from the successful MicroTrack 24/96 recorder, the MicroTrack II incorporates an extended input gain range, analogue input limiter, 48V phantom power, headphone monitoring of S/PDIF and other enhancements, reports PSN-e.
Heading the new features list are an extended input gain range and built-in analogue input limiter for capturing high SPL sources without clipping. The high-speed USB 2.0 connection yields a faster file transfer rate, while the ability to place markets in BWF files during recording enables the location of a specific event during the content editing process. Users are also able to create seamless multi-part WAV files of more than 2GB in size, dim the backlight to save battery life and let the recorder hibernate.
Like its predecessor, the compact MicroTrack II recorder enables users to record WAV and MP3 files to CompactFlash cards or Microdrives (sold separately) through balanced line inputs or built-in microphone preamps. Recordings may then be dragged and dropped to a computer for immediate editing or web posting.
The recorder features a variety of connections. Professional-quality preamps with full 48V phantom power work with condenser microphones to record up to 24-bit/96kHz, making the unit suitable for songwriting, recording practice sessions and gigs, and capturing film-quality sound effects in the field. Balanced _" TRS line inputs enable a feed to be taken directly from a studio or club mixer, while S/PDIF input means that users can record the output of digital mixers and perform transfers from other digital recording/storage devices.
Rounding out the picture, the MicroTrack II arrives with a T-shaped stereo electret microphone, earbuds, 1/8" stereo extender cable, protective carrying case with mic pouch, power supply unit with USB connector and cables.
"Sound quality is the top priority in a handheld digital recorder," said Adam Castillo, marketing director of M-Audio. "That's why the MicroTrack recorder is the only choice for top film and audio professionals - the recordings made with the MicroTrack rival those made on high-end audio interfaces. With the MicroTrack II, we've taken all the input we've gotten from the field and engineered a unit that's virtually indispensable to many musicians and audio pros."
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