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Alesis ProTrack Handheld Stereo Recorder for iPod

by Alesis

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  • Sleek design with clear, protective covers, integrates iPod
  • Combo XLR-1/4" inputs for connecting mics, mixers, and more
  • Records 16-bit, 44.1kHz or 22kHz stereo digital audio
  • Built-in mics in XY configuration for accurate stereo image
  • AC/DC operation on 4 AAA batteries or AC adapter (included)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 3 x 1.2 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001GVIXGU
  • Item model number: ProTrack
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,772 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 20, 2007

Product Description

Product Description

Record stereo audio directly to your iPod with ProTrack. Capture live sound on your iPod anywhere and anytime without a single cable, and with one hand free! Just dock your iPod and cover it with the protective clear shield, and you're ready to roll. You can record detailed, 16-bit, 44.1kHz or 22kHz stereo digital audio without connecting any additional equipment using ProTrack's onboard pair of cardioid condenser microphones. The on-board mics are fixed in XY configuration for optimal stereo imaging. ProTrack also has a pair of combo XLR-1/4" inputs enabling you to connect any professional sound source, including condenser and dynamic microphones and mixer outputs. Whether you are running on plug-in or battery power, ProTrack supplies 48V phantom power to its inputs for operation with external condenser microphones. ProTrack has LED-level metering for instant visual indication, even in a dark club. You can monitor or play back recordings on the 1/8" stereo-headphone output. Controls for phantom power, limiter, and volume are easy to access. ProTrack records on four AAA batteries or AC power using the included adapter. A 1/4"-20 threaded mounting point enables you to mount ProTrack on a mic stand with the optional ProTrack Adapter, on a table with the optional ProTrack Tripod table stand, or on a camera tripod for hands-free tracking.

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Capture live sound directly on your Apple iPod anywhere and anytime without a single cable with the Alesis ProTrack. Just dock your iPod and cover it with the protective clear shield, and you're ready to roll. You can record detailed, 16-bit, 44.1kHz or 22kHz stereo digital audio without connecting any additional equipment using ProTrack's onboard pair of cardioid condenser microphones. The on-board mics are fixed in XY configuration for optimal stereo imaging.



The Alesis ProTrack handheld recorder (with iPod touch).


The Alesis ProTrack handheld recorder (with iPod touch).
The ProTrack also has a pair of combo XLR-1/4-inch inputs enabling you to connect any professional sound source, including condenser and dynamic microphones and mixer outputs. Whether you are running on plug-in or battery power, ProTrack supplies 48V phantom power to its inputs for operation with external condenser microphones.

You can monitor or play back recordings on the 1/8-inch stereo-headphone output and check the LED-level metering for instant visual indication, even in a dark club. ProTrack records on four AAA batteries or AC power using the included adapter. A 1/4-inch/20-threaded mounting point enables you to mount ProTrack on a mic stand with the optional ProTrack Adapter, on a table with the optional ProTrack Tripod table stand, or on a camera tripod for hands-free tracking.

If you have an iPod touch, you can purchase and download the iProRecorder app from the iTunes App Store.

Key Features

  • Sleek design with clear, protective covers, integrates iPod
  • Combo XLR-1/4-inch inputs for connecting mics, mixers, and more
  • Stereo 1/8" headphone output
  • 48V phantom power for use with external condenser mics
  • Records 16-bit, 44.1kHz or 22kHz stereo digital audio
  • Onboard stereo condenser microphones for detailed pickup
  • Built-in mics in XY configuration for accurate stereo image
  • Switchable limiter ensures overload-free recordings
  • AC/DC operation on 4 AAA batteries or AC adapter (included)
  • Threaded mounting point for tabletop and floor-stand applications

Specifications

  • Analog Inputs: Two combination XLR-1/4-inch
  • Gain:
    • Internal Mic Inputs: +6dB to 49.3dB
    • External Inputs (XLR): +6dB to 49.3dB
    • External Inputs (1/4-inch): -11.3dB to +32dB
  • THD+N
    • 2nd & 3rd Gen. iPod nano: 0.01% @ 92dB SNR A-weighted (charge off, min. gain)
    • 5th Gen. iPod / iPod Classic: 0.014% @ 88dB SNR A-weighted (charge off, min. gain)
  • Digital Circuitry
    • Bit Depth: 16-bit
    • Sample Rates: 44.1kHz (high); 22.05kHz (low)
  • Main Outputs
    • Max Level: +0.3dBu Maximum
    • THD+N: < 0.01% @ 1kHz
  • Headphone Outputs: Max Level: 75∞ output impedance, 40mW into 32∞
  • Battery Life:
    • Without phantom power: > 3 hours
    • Using phantom power: > 2 hours
  • External Battery Pack Requirements:
    • 6V DC 1A
    • 2mm diameter (center pin); 5.5mm outside diameter
    • Wired as center positive
  • Weight (ProTrack only, without batteries or iPod): 8 ounces

Compatibility Notes
* When a 3rd generation iPod is used with this product, the iPod will not charge. Although 3rd generation iPods feature dock connectors, these iPods communicate via FireWire, not USB (which is used on all newer iPods), making it impossible for many products with dock connectors to provide a charge to 3rd Generation iPods.

** You can record using a third-party recording application for iPod touch, such as iProRecorder.

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brett D on May 2, 2009
Sorry Librado, I couldn't wait for your follow-up...

I bought the ProTrack for use exclusively with my 3G iPhone, and it works like a charm! As the previous reviewer indicated, yes, you will need to buy a recorder app, since the iPod application that comes with iPhone OS does not have the automatic voice memo feature that previous click-wheel iPods do. I'm using AudioFile Engineering's FiRe app (short for "Field Recorder", I guess), and it works with none of the hassles that the previous reviewer identified in the BIAS app. In addition to two more graphical sound level meters (which are better than the LED's on the actual unit, IMO), FiRe also gives you a real time waveform display, three sample rates, and the ability to reposition the playhead. In fact, I actually learned about the Alesis ProTrack from AudioFile Engineering's recommendation.

***THERE IS A CATCH, HOWEVER*** if you're going to use this device with an iPhone: Alesis did not include a cover that will fit the iPhone. Besides protecting it from scratches, the cover serves to secure the iPod in the sled, and locks in place. Without the cover, your iPhone is held in place only by the strength of the dock connector. It may not be everyone's aesthetic cup of tea, but a rubber band wrapped around the top of the phone and the ProTrack solves this perfectly. Just be aware of that before you buy.

As for build quality, the chassis is all plastic, and mostly hollow, transmitting a fair amount of handling noise while recording at higher gain settings. Otherwise, I have no complaints about the placement of switches.

Next, I'm going to score some XLR shotgun mics and see how well it does with phantom power.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Clawson on January 8, 2010
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This thing has done everything as advertised. Which is better than I can say for some of the more expensive items out there. It picks up sound very well but be careful for background noise as the mics are very sensative. If your on a budget and just want raw sound without editing this tool is great or for maybe a live show for a small crowd this thing would be great. For those of you that have the iphone and the iTouch be mindful as there is no plastice sleeve for them to sit in so the jack will get a little warped after a while. Either way I am very happy with my purchase. But know that this is not used for recording for editing...just raw sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Butch on September 26, 2010
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This is not a bad little unit. I use mostly as a "scratch pad" and for recording some band practice sessions. Has a clean recording mics and works well with external mics. I like the fact that i could take advantage of my little used iPod.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yeah, That Guy on June 25, 2010
I picked this up with the hopes of having a field recorder that would take better audio to sync with my HDV recordings of live band shows. While it does record pretty decent audio (I only tried the built in mics, I'd be hopeful that the audio inputs would be even better), it wasn't significantly better than the built in mics on my video camera (HC9), at least not enough to justify the money and the hassle of syncing the audio later. I will say the dynamics were much better, but the bass roll off was more apparent. Coming from a Pro-Audio background, my standards are pretty high, so don't let my comments deter you, it's well worth the money.

As a field recorder, it's a great addition to the iPods or iPhone. I would suggest trying Blue FiRE, which is a free app from Blue Microphones intended for their mikey, it's the same as the $10 FiRe app, only with less file type formats to choose from. Either of these are supposidly better than the app Alesis mentions, though I haven't tried it to know.

For a use other than what I was intending, I'm sure this would have been a great option love the fact that it makes used of an existing device (iPod) that many of us already have.
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