Los Angeles, CA (December 4, 2007)–M-Audio has unveiled its MicroTrack II handheld digital recorder. Building on the company’s MicroTrack 24/96 recorder, the MicroTrack II features an extended input gain range, analog input limiter, 48V phantom power, headphone monitoring of S/PDIF and more.
The recorder has an extended input gain range and built-in analog input limiter for capturing high-SPL sources without clipping, a USB 2.0 connection for file transfer, and the ability to place markers in BWF files during recording, making it easier to find a specific event while editing the content. A user-created folder structure makes it possible to organize and locate files in the field. The MicroTrack II overcomes the limitations of FAT32 by enabling users to create multi-part WAV recordings beyond 2GB in size. Users can also dim the backlight to save battery life and be discreet in a dark room, as well as let the recorder hibernate, then wake it up to record on a moment’s notice. A CompactFlash test ensures that the card can record at the desired settings. Additional refinements complete the package.
Like its predecessor, the compact MicroTrack II recorder lets users record WAV and MP3 files to CompactFlash cards or Microdrives through balanced line inputs or built-in microphone preamps, then drag and drop recordings to a computer for immediate editing or web posting. The recorder features a variety of connections to facilitate diverse applications. Preamps with full 48V phantom power work with condenser microphones to record up to 24-bit/96 kHz, making the unit ideal for songwriting, recording practice sessions and gigs, and capturing film-quality sound effects in the field. Balanced 1/4-inch TRS line inputs also make it easy to take a feed directly from a studio or club mixer. S/PDIF input means that users can record the output of digital mixers and perform transfers from other digital recording/storage devices with pristine quality. Regardless of how users choose to record, they can monitor via the 1/8-inch stereo headphone jack or RCA line outs.
“Sound quality is the top priority in a handheld digital recorder,” says Adam Castillo, M-Audio’s marketing director. “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.”