Korg ToneWorks PXR4 4-Track Digital Recorder

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Records directly to SmartMedia cards. Includes AC adapter and 16 mb Smart Media Card.

The new PXR4 packs serious recording power into a compact, ultra-portable package. High-quality digital recording and playback, comprehensive editing including trick features like time compression and expansion, tons of great sounding digital effects, even a built-in mic. The PXR4 delivers everything you need to record, mix, and edit your songs from start to finish.

Huge Performance
The heart of the PXR4 is its 4-track digital recorder, which records directly to SmartMedia cards. Three recording modes - standard, high-quality, and economy - afford maximum flexibility by enabling you to select the one that's right for the task at hand depending on the recording quality and time you need. Standard mode provides good recording resolution and offers an excellent balance between recording quality and memory use. High-quality mode captures your performance with impeccable clarity. Economy mode delivers maximum recording time. SmartMedia cards from 4* to 128 MB can be used and, via its built-in USB port, the PXR4 can also transfer song data to and from your computer in stereo MPEG format. (*4MB cards will work in the PXR4, but offer limited amount of track memory. 8 to 128 MB cards are recommended.)

Pro-Level Editing
The PXR4 is loaded with user-friendly features that make capturing your best ideas easy. Features like 8 virtual tracks per track allow you to record multiple takes of the same track and select your favorite one. It's also the world's first pocket-sized multi-track recorder read more to deliver full editing capabilities. With easy-to-use punch in/out, bounce, copy, and delete functions, the PXR4 is equipped with everything you'd expect from a digital recorder many times larger. It even offers time compression/expansion making it possible to speed up or slow down phrases without altering their pitch.

Easy, Compact, and Cool
Despite its compact size, the PXR4 is very easy to use. Its front panel contains 5 faders, 1 per track, plus 1 master fader, as well as controls for all the unit's key features. Selecting parameters and editing is easy. Plus, the PXR4's clear, backlit display uses an intuitive icon-based user interface.

The PXR4 also offers a surprisingly full-sized complement of I/Os. For inputs, there is a 1/4 in. jack with a hi/low impedance switch, plus a stereo line/mic input. For outputs there is a 1/8 in. stereo out jack, a stereo headphone output, and a USB.

Serious Effects Using Korg's REMS Modeling Technology
The PXR4 boasts a full complement of 77 different built-in effects. It's equipped with 100 "factory" multi-effects programs (with up to 5 effects used at once!) and enough room for an additional 100 user programs. The PXR4 relies on Korg's proprietary REMS technology to deliver studio-quality effects that range from ultra-realistic models of amazing guitar amps and pedals to some of the world's great microphones. Of course it also includes studio essentials like reverbs, delays, various modulations, effects, and more.

REMS, that's Resonant structure and Electronic circuit Modeling System, precisely reproduces the complex character and nature of both acoustic and electric instruments as well as electronic circuits in real world environments.

Korg didn't stop at effects. In their quest to make the new PXR4 the ultimate recording tool, they added 55 different rhythm patterns (and 32 metronome patterns) that use high-quality PCM sounds. The patterns range from simple to complex and include Rock, Funk, Big Beat, House, Reggae, Hip-Hop, R & B, Disco, Dance, Jazz, and more. You can use a rhythm pattern as a recording guide, or to create the actual rhythm track for you song!

At 4.8 in. wide, 4.25 in. high, and 1.33 in. deep, the PXR4 is a compact yet powerful package. And, since it runs on either AA batteries or an AC adapter, it can travel with you anywhere, always ready to capture your musical ideas at a moment's notice.

There is now a Windows 98 USB driver for the PXR4 is available for free! PXR4 is now compatible with Windows 98 for backing up files or emailing a writing partner for cooperative composing efforts. Sales of this amazing palm sized recorder continue to grow, and with it so does the support from Korg. You can download it from the Korg website.
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Recorder Tracks:
4 tracks x 8 virtual,
4 tracks simultaneous playback,
2 tracks simultaneous recording

Recording Format: 16-bit MPEG 1 Audio Layer 2 compressed, 32kHz

Recording Time:
Hi-quality = 11 min 15 sec (*max. 90 min, approximately)
Standard = 16 min 50 sec (*max. 135 min, approximately)
Economy = 33 min 50 sec (*max. 270 min, approximately)
(one track,16MB SmartMedia)
(*one track, 128MB SmartMedia)

Songs: 99 songs/per SmartMedia

Mark Points: 99 points per song

Tempo Range: 40 - 240 b.p.m.

Metronome Patterns: 32

Rhythm Patterns: 55

Editing: Track (Copy, Insert, Erase, Delete, Time Expansion/Compression), Song (Rename, Copy, Delete)

Counter/Locator Format:
Free Time

Number of Undo/Redo Levels: 1

Sampling Frequency: 32 kHz

Mixer Section Structure: 4ch + 2ch

Effect Section Structure:
Guitar Effect x1,
Insert Effect x1,
Master Effect x1,
Final Effect x1

Effect: 100 preset, 100 user

Tuner Calibration: A=440

Detection Range: 27.5Hz~2093Hz (A0 - C7)

Card Media Slot: SmartMediaTM Slot (3.3V, 8MB - 128MB)

Power Supply: 2 AA size batteries or DC 4.5V AC/AC power supply

Power Consumption: 20W

Dimensions (W x H x D): 108 x 122 x 34mm (4.25 x 4.80 x 1.33 in.)

Weight: 260 g (0.57 lbs.)

Line In:
-50dBu @TRIM=max.,
-10dBu @TRIM=min.

Guitar Input Connector: 1/4 in. phone jack

Guitar Input Impedance:
470k ohms (Low)
940k ohms (High)

Guitar Maximum Level:
+8dBu (Low)
+14dBu (High)

Guitar Nominal Level:


Guitar Source Impedance: 600 ohms

Line Input Connector: Mini stereo jack

Line Input Impedance: 10k ohms

Line Nominal Level:

Line Maximum Level: +2dBu

Line Source Impedance: 600 ohms

Line Output Connector: Mini stereo jack

Includes AC adapter

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 631-390-6800
Web: https://www.korgusa.com/support

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (239 ratings)
Submitted December 26, 2003 by a customer from hotmail.com
"Not bad..."
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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It's a very cool machine it mess around with. Sounds good. It's small. It sucks that it has to use smart media cards, so plan on buying a better one than the 16 mb card it comes with. And your better off doing the final mixdown on the computer with a nice program like Pro Tools, or Cool Edit Pro or something along those lines. So if you don't know how to use any programs then you should learn it.

The sound is very good for it's price range. I was really surprised on how well the interal mic worked. The interal mic is pretty good for recording acoustic seasons, ideas, live events, and jam seasons. Just remember sense it is a interal mac, you move the recorder, push any buttons or anything like that while it's recording it will endup in your recording.

It has a lot of effects and all, which are cool but I doubt I'm really going to use the onboard effects sense I like to do the final mixdown on my PC. The reason I'm giving it a 7 is cause it would be great if it record two line-ins at a time; inside it does one. There's also no lo-z input, but I knew that when I bought it. I like the USB feature. It allows you to transfor all the tracks in .mp2 format onto your computer for backup, mixdowns, editting, ect... It can run on batterys and fit in the palm of your hand. It also has some preset drum tracks that are fun to jam with. You can setup a click track and all that stuff if you like to use that read more too...

The highest it can record is 192 kbps 32 khz which a little bit of a downside. However, it's really not that noticable.

It seems to be made very well... it is very small.

Manufacturer Support
Haven't messed with them

The Wow Factor
Very cool for recording ideas and such, so I'd want one around for at least that. It would still be very nice if it could record two line-ins at the same time...

Musical Style:
A little bit of everything but mainly emo, indie, alt rock, and grunge.
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