What can you do with an Alesis ML9600 Masterlink Recorder? Perhaps the question should be: what can't you do with one? From transferring vinyl LPs to digital audio to bouncing a final two-track mix-down for mastering to cataloging your entire master recordings, the Alesis ML9600 Masterlink has the high fidelity and component quality to shine in a wide variety of critical audio applications. Whether you're a mastering engineer, a recording semi-pro, a singer-songwriter, or a vinyl freak, you need to own an Alesis Masterlink.
Burning Your Final Mix
It's one of the most important steps in the process of creating a record, but it's often the most over-looked: burning the final two-track disc that gets shipped to the mastering house. The Alesis ML9600 offers not only the critical fidelity necessary for preserving your musical creation, it offers a full suite of tools for track-listing, cropping, and arranging the songs the way you want to them to be arranged. On the fidelity side, the ML9600 is capable of rock-solid analog-to-digital conversion at the standard "Red Book" CD resolution (16-bit, 44.1kHz) all the way up to pristine 24-bit, 96kHz "HD" audio. You can also burn AIFF-compatible audio CDs, so no matter what system your mastering house uses, you can be sure your sonic vision gets to them fully intact. The easy-to-use track arranging tools put even more control in your hands. Because the Masterlink records to a 40GB hard-drive before burning to CD, you have plenty of freedom to set fade-ins, trim tracks, and audition multiple song orders before committing to a final burn. No more frustrating conversations with the mastering engineer to try and get him to understand what you had in mind for the way your album should sound--dictate track order yourself with the Masterlink.
The top-notch conversion quality and track flexibility also lend themselves to vinyl archiving. Preserve the sonic integrity of your prized collection of LPs and keep them perfectly organized with the ML9600. The unit's high-resolution recording stays true to the original analog sound of the vinyl, and the range of professional inputs and gain-adjustment options mean that no matter what phonographic equipment you have, the Alesis will match it for proper recording. The track-listing tools let you dictate track start and stop times, and the hard-drive recording allows for flexibility after the fact. You won't have to babysit the transfer while it's happening -- just set a side to record and come back and insert track breaks after the fact. If you're a record collecting fanatic, you'll appreciate this level of convenience; if archiving vinyl is part of your job, this feature is a near-necessity. Creating compilations is just as easy. Save up to 16 different track-lists at once with 99 tracks per list.
The ability to record-and-forget and set track divisions later is also perfect for making high-quality live performance recordings. Plus, the ML9600 has a 40GB hard drive that can record up to five hours of stereo audio. You'll never have to worry about changing DAT tapes or CD-Rs, and you'll easily be able to integrate the Masterlink into your live rig. Balanced I/O connections give you flexibility for routing, and the included ears let you plug it right into your rack. An infrared remote control (included) lets you make adjustments even when you're nowhere near the rack.
Create Your Own Masters
Even if you're just creating a demo recording, or if you want to try your hand at mastering yourself, the Alesis ML9600 Masterlink has a suite of built-in DSP tools for creating your own finished CDs. In addition to the disc authoring tools, the Masterlink has compression, EQ, limiting, and normalization processes that are the foundation of any proper mastering procedure.
Mixing, mastering, live recording, vinyl transfers, archiving. . . no matter what niche of the pro audio world you occupy, you'll find 1,001 uses for the Alesis ML9600 Masterlink Recorder. Get yours today at zZounds for an unbeatable price.
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Audio (44.1/48kHz frequencies) Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz, +0, -0.3 dB
THD+N: <0.002% @ 1kHz, -1 dBFS
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 113 dB, A-weighted
Analog/Digital Converter: 24-bit 128x oversampling
Digital/Analog Converter: 24-bit 128x oversampling
Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
Word Lengths: 16-, 20-, 24-bit
CD Drive Type: ATAPI CD-ROM (8x read, 4x write)
CD Read/ Write Formats: Red Book, CD24
Hard Disk Type: High capacity IDE Drive
Digital Inputs and Outputs:
AES/EBU-compatible balanced XLR connectors
S/PDIF-compatible unbalanced coaxial (RCA) connectors
Analog Inputs and Outputs:
Balanced XLR connectors (+4dBu)
Unbalanced phono (RCA) connectors (-10dBV)
Nominal Input and Output Level:
Balanced: +4dBu (-15dBFS)
Unbalanced: -10dBV (-15dBFS)
Balanced: +19dBu = 0dBFS
Unbalanced: +5dBV = 0dBFS
Balanced: 15k Ohm nominal
Unbalanced: 10kOhm nominal
Balanced: 75 Ohm nominal
Unbalanced: 150 Ohm nominal
Power Requirements: 90-240 VAC, 40W max, 50/60Hz
Dimensions (W x H x D): 19 x 3.5 x 11 in. (483 x 88 x 279)
Weight: 16.55 lbs. (6.2 kg)
If you have additional warranty questions,
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The MasterLink ML-9600 combines hard disk recording, editing, digital signal processing, and the world's most advanced high-resolution CD-R format for creating professional, fully finished 2-track masters.
Here's how it works: record your 2-track mixes onto MasterLink's internal hard disk. Arrange songs into playlists with precise control of fades and track start points. Fine-tune your master with built-in DSP Finishing Tools, then record it to CD using inexpensive CD-Rs. MasterLink will create standard 16-bit Red Book CDs, as well as AIFF-compatible high-resolution discs up to 24-bit, 96kHz.
Offering amazing flexibility and control, MasterLink is fully compatible with today's CD and digital formats, yet it also delivers the high-resolution audio quality you'll need for the future.
Huge internal hard disk recorder...up to 5 hours of 2-track audio capacity.
Burn CDs using Standard "Red Book" (16-bit/44.1kHz) and high resolution formats - up 24-bit, 96kHz.
Choose any combination of digital resolutions (16-, 20-, and 24-bit) and sample rates (44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96kHz) with full AIFF compatibility.
Organize song playlists with total control of fade-ins, fade-outs, track pain, start points, track cropping, and more.
Stores 16 different playlists containing up to 99 songs each.
Onboard digital signal processing: compression, EQ, limiting, and normalization.
Uses inexpensive, readily available CD-Rs.
As a songwriters tool, the Masterlink is perfect for capturing every improvisational idea that any songwriting session can produce. In addition, it is the perfect storage device for any songwriter to store their entire collection of work. Every songwriter should own a Masterlink. Alesis receives daily reports that more and more mastering facilities are receiving projects sent to them on Masterlink discs. This is proof positive that the Masterlink has become the industry standard mix down device for home, project, and professional studios.
As a live recording tool, sound engineers can now record extended performances without worrying about changing DAT tapes or blank CD's. This is especially important in recording classical performances where uninterrupted recording is expected.