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M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96 Portable Handheld Recorder

USB 2.0 for file transfer. Phantom power mic preamps. (96) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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M-Audio MicroTrack Recorder

The M-Audio MicroTrack is a rugged high-fidelity mobile 2-channel digital recorder that records WAV and MP3 files to CompactFlash or microdrives--perfect for everything from professional field recording to corporate meetings, training, education and worship. Record via balanced line inputs or built-in high-fidelity microphone preamps complete with phantom power for studio-quality microphones. Connect MicroTrack 24/96 to a PC or Mac via USB and simply drag and drop recordings to your computer for immediate editing or Web posting. Power derives from a lithium-ion battery, and the unit can recharge via the computer's USB connection or included USB power adapter. The MicroTrack 24/96 combines quality beyond that of DAT recording with the convenience and cost-effectiveness of personal digital recorders for the ultimate solution in mobile recording.

M-Audio MicroTrack Features
2-channel WAV and MP3 recording and playback for pro recording, meetings, training, education and worship

Storage via convenient CompactFlash or micro drives

Immediate drag-and-drop file transfer to PC and Mac via USB 2.0 mini connector

Powered via USB, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included) or included power supply

Separate left and right input level controls with signal and peak indicators

Professional balanced 1/4-inch TRS inputs with mic/line switch

Dual microphone preamps with phantom power for studio microphones

1/8-inch TRS input with 5V power for use with stereo electret microphone (microphone included)

S/PDIF coaxial input for digital recording

Monitoring via RCA line outputs or 1/8-inch stereo headphone output

Stereo output level control

Large LCD for navigation and statistics

Dedicated buttons for navigation, record, hold, pause, delete, menu, and power

Includes Audacity software for editing and file format conversion

64 MB CompactFlash card included

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M Audio MicroTrack Specifications
MP3 Recording: 96 to 320kbps at 44.1 or 48kHz

PCM Recording: 16 or 24-bit at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96kHz

Storage Capacity: Variable based on data rate and storage medium

Battery Life Before Recharge: Approximately 8 hours (3 hours with phantom power)

Minimum System Requirements
Windows 98SE or Mac OS 8.6. This is required for proper use of USB devices. A USB 1.1 or 2.0 port is required for connection to computer and charging.

Compatibility
WAV

MP3
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5765
Customer Reviews
4 out of 5 (96 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Battery is the deal breaker"
Sound: The recorded sound is good, and reveals how far audio has come in just a few years. in 24/96 mode and fed by a good mixer, the sound is excellent. It's not professional, but even five years ago it might have been. For live classical concert recording in unpredictable situations, its sound is fine. Feature: This would get a "10" except for the battery. It dies, it's not user-replaceable, and I haven't found an online replacement yet. I'm certainly not going to send it back, pay $75, and be without it while I wait. For now, it's powered with an external APC supply with four AAA batteries. If you're not handy with a soldering iron to replace the battery when one becomes available, it's a deal breaker. Ease of Use: There's not much easier to use. The menus are clear and it operates easily and with each control different enough that you don't make mistakes. The screen is bright when you need it. A few flaws: too easy to double-press the delete button; you have to tape down cables if they're too heavy because they'll pull out of the TRS jacks; and it takes too long to boot. Quality: The quality is okay -- and it's durable. I fell off a cliff into a river with it, and after careful cleaning and drying, it worked just fine. Value: For the street price here at Zzounds, it's a good deal. With a tiny T microphone (mine is Core Sound), it's the perfect travel recorder to get excellent recordings with no weight. Take extra batteries and a USB power supply, a bunch of flash cards, and somewhere to dump them (I use an X-Drive Pro) and you've got a recording studio that weighs about a pound. Manufacturer Support: Not being able to buy a battery is very bad. Downloadable firmware updates is very good. Overall: Does a good job, except for that darn battery.
Style of Music: Nonpop
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"MICROTRACK 24/96 is SERIOUSLY COOL"
Sound: Relatively low rating due to somewhat misleading stats. Although billed as 24 bit 96khz capable, even a cursory look through the documentation indicates more of a 16/44.1khz "on steroids" level of performance...that being said the truth is, this little box rocks! I aspire in a vague sort of way toward true multi-track recording but I don't practice it. For years I've tended toward "Live to Two-Track" with carefully chosen and placed microphones to record small live ensembles. I've recorded to cassette, VHS, Minidisc, Compact disc, Laptop PC, Destop PC and Digital multi-trackers from Boss and Tascam. For what I do, this is tops. Low-to-no self noise (umm, you gotta accept that if you use the included mic which ATTACHES TO THE MICROTRACK 24/96 it will pick up all the handling sounds-with exquisite clarity)I will eventually put it through some paces with some better setups but with a $100 Sony stereo mic right into the 1/8th" jack I get REDBOOK AUDIO CAPTURE with NO MOVING PARTS. Sound quality beats minidisc with the same mic in the same room with weird little side-effect: Minidisc's ATRAC compression is a little more musical and forgiving. The enhanced clarity of the MICROTRACK allows for much improved accoustic guitar top-end, does nice things for spatialization on cymbals but, A/B'ed with minidisc sounds a little harsher and hissier. The hiss isn't from the MICROTRACK, though. It goes away when the amp is shut off. Sound would be a 10 if it were billed as 16/44.1. Knocking 3 points off for "lost" resolution I don't plan to use is harsh. I don't feel billing it as "True 24 bit 96Khz" is fair. It will make "~24 bit~" recordings but not with the fidelity/bandwidth that spec deserves. "Better than CD" would have been more accurate advertising. Overall, it's more than good enough to play back for you how bad you really are. It does lack any limiting or compression (NOT DATA compression-AUDIO COMPRESSION is different concept)circuitry. EQ is crude but effective. I haven't recorded MP3s off the mic(s)it is a very good MP3 player Feature: This is, overall, an ABSOLUTELY STUNNING PRODUCT!! It is thougtfully accesorized but loses the elusive "10" rating due to a lack of "slipcase" or fitted cover. The included velveteen bag does keep out the dust but is not really befitting such an otherwise VERY COOL product. Another lost chance for "niice touch" kudos is the openings:the 1/8" and RCA ports. Why not include soft rubber covers for these ports to protect the MICROTRACK's insides when those ports aren't in use. Better yet, attach the plugs to the FITTED and FUNCTIONAL slipcase (neoprene would add impact/shock protection...)wiht sort nylon lanyards and this would be ready for real field recording. I plan to keep it indoors. On a mixing desk. But a nice case would ROCK....In terms of what it's got vs. what it lacks, it includes a USB-to-AC plug for battery charging without a PC. The included earbuds are servicable but nothing special. The stereo "T" mic works...about what you would expect but really not capable of showing the potential of the MICROTRACK. Try to find a better source. There were no audio cables or adapters but most people spending $400 on a two-track probably have enough cables and adapters to re-stock a Radio Shack... The supplied USB cable allowed hookup to PC and laptop as well as AC power to put an initial charge on the battery. That took less than 5 hours but I didn't get an exact time. The included 64 meg Compact flash is enough to test out the unit's functions but, unless you really want to go live to 2-track MP3 (probably a significant market, actually) is not enough for serious recording. It won't read any higher than 4 gig. Plan on another $60-$400 for additional memory. $60 should get you a gig which is a bit longer recording time than a 100 minute cassette at 16/44.1khz. Mass storage drive is SOOO MUCH BETTER than "jukebox" paradigm nonsense. This is how NETMD (minidisc with USB) should have worked BUT DIDN'T! Fast, easy transfer of digital files TO AND FROM the MICROTRACK and the PC. Absolutely wonderful! As Compact flash prices drop you can get extra cards for spare storage. IT also works to "shuttle" music between bandmembers:no need to burn to CD when you've got USB and FTP:.... SUPER SUPER COOL I LOVE YOU M-AUDIO! Thank you for recognizing that I have my own stuff to record and I don't need my equipment CRIPPLED in a misguided attempt to prevent me from doing things I would NEVER do (like copy a Britnny Spears CD...weren't there too many of those in the first place?)Minidisc recorders by Sony have always been musician-hostile due to draconian software limitations on fairly capable hardware. Well G'bye Sony. HELLO M-AUDIO! Quality: I feel a little queasy about offering a 10 for something I haven't used for years. It seems tight and compact. If I hadn't been using solid-state memory players for the last few years I would find it somewhat insubstantial-this isn't a bad thing. The lack of heft or stolid "tank-like" build is a reflection of NO MOVING PARTS-it doesn't have to withstand wearing itself out. Use care with the buttons, remember than LCDs deserve attention, and this thing should last for generations...provided you can find a way to get at the LI-Ion battery...no screws, no obvious joints...nice construction. Do wish there was a cover over the Compact flash port. Value: It should come with a better case...or it should cost less...or come with better mic...or more memory...or, wait a minute? Isn't this a BRAND-NEW thing? Isn't it true there there was and is NOTHING like it? (other flash recorders are bigger and not really any better...well no, the MArantz kicks serious A%* but costs a grand...and won'r slip into a shirt pocket....) Y'know, maybe this is a REALLY EXCELLENT value. I found it for $399. I think it's worth that. With a 4 Gig card and some amenities it would be worth $600 and I would have paid that instead of $400 for "this" model. A nice peice of hardware. I'm like seriously. Manufacturer Support: Alright, bit of a cheat. The best support is that which you don't need. I can't see needing support on such a well-designed and executed product. The Wow Factor: This is a narrow market, I think, but if you do stereo recording you will love this little gadjet. No real bells and whistels, just a solid redbook audio capture device you can use for files with a PC or as a standalone recorder. Good playback, good capture. Nice loud inputs and outputs. Controls for fine-tuning and rock-solid construction (for a handheld recording device-DON'T PLAY CATCH WITH HARDWARE!!) Overall: I gotta do something about the exposed jacks...I need to find or sew a fitted case that lets me use the controls...I won't be replacing this. I hope. I see no reason why I won't still use it from time to time even after I record everything to ubiquitous "smart dust" in 2035
Style of Music: "The greys"-improvisational strings and electronics with (usually) lots of delay, loops
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