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Line 6 BackTrack + Mic Guitar Riff Recorder

by Line 6
23 customer reviews

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  • Automatically capture musical ideas with Instant replay and review
  • Up to 24 hours of audio capture with up to 24-bit/48 kHz album-quality audio
  • Microphone with automatic gain control; 1/4-inch input; 1/4-inch output; 1/8-inch
  • Easy .WAV file transfer to your computer via USB 2.0 for storage or further recording, editing or mixing
  • argeable battery via USB; over 8 hours of battery life

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Product Description

Inspiration is spontaneous, and BackTrack™ + Mic is your guitar’s instant replay button. Easy to use, BackTrack + Mic captures everything you play without ever hitting record.

Always on, BackTrack + Mic begins recording as soon as it detects a signal through the sensitive mic or the quiet 1/4-inch input. Use the 1/4-inch output or headphone output for immediate playback. Just set it and forget it for total inspiration control.

Pressing the “Mark” button designates what you just played as special and separates it for easy review. The Forward and Reverse buttons provide instant recall of marked and non-marked ideas.

BackTrack + Mic can capture up to 24 hours of audio. Saved as .WAV files to a rugged 2-GB flash memory, the audio is easily transferred via USB 2.0 to your computer or recording software for further recording, editing or mixing. The USB connection also recharges the internal battery to its full capacity of over 8 hours.

Sleek and low-profile, BackTrack + Mic fits in your gig bag as easily as it fits into your setup. At rehearsal, at the gig or at home, BackTrack + Mic is fully dedicated to capturing everything you play.

• Up to stunning 24-bit, 48 kHz audio
• Up to 24 hours of audio capture
• 1/4-inch guitar input
• 1/4-inch output
• Microphone with gain control
• 1/8-inch headphone/Line out
• Drag .WAV files to your computer via USB 2.0
• Rechargeable via USB
• Over 8 hours of battery life
• Looped playback

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the differences between BackTrack™ and BackTrack™ + Mic?

The biggest differences: BackTrack + Mic features a microphone and a 1/8-inch headphone output, BackTrack does not. Both feature similar features, though, including variable sample rates and bit depth, which are shown here:

BackTrack + Mic
BackTrack Sample Rate 

Bit Depth
24 hours of
audio capture

12 hours of
audio capture
11 kHz 16 bit *
12 hours

6 hours 22 kHz 16 bit *
8 hours

4 hours 32 kHz 16 bit
6 hours

3 hours 44.1 kHz 16 bit (Standard
CD audio)
5 hours

2.5 hours 48 kHz 16 bit
4 hours

2 hours 44.1 kHz 24 bit
4 hours
2 hours 48 kHz 24 bit

*These settings are not recommended for mic’ed full-range audio but may be sufficient for direct guitar.

How much audio can I record?

At their capacities, BackTrack + Mic can capture up to 24 hours of audio and BackTrack can capture up to 12 hours but it depends on the sample rate and bit depth you’ve chosen. At 16-bit/44.1 kHz (standard CD audio), BackTrack + Mic can capture six hours of audio whereas BackTrack can capture only three hours.

What's the big button on top?

That’s the “Mark” button and it’s a great feature. After playing something really special, press “Mark”. Your marked ideas are stored in a separate folder on the flash drive so when you go to drag your ideas off your BackTrack to import them into your recording software, your best ideas will be there waiting for you.

What's with the USB connection?

BackTrack and BackTrack + Mic each have a USB connection for two main reasons:

            • To transfer your ideas to your recording software.

            • To recharge the battery.

What's the best way to use BackTrack?

There’s no best way to use BackTrack. It’s equally effective at home, on stage, at rehearsal or anywhere else you’re playing.

What kind of file is the recorded audio?

Everything you record is saved as .WAV files. These high-quality audio files will sound great when imported into your recording software.

What's automatic gain control in BackTrack + Mic?

Automatic gain control guards against clipping and overloading, and helps maintain an even level when you’re recording using the microphone.

How do I import files from my BackTrack into my recording software?

It can vary so we recommend that you read your software’s manual but, with most applications, it’s as easy as dragging an audio file right onto a track.

Can I ditch school and record lectures with BackTrack + Mic?

Of course! BackTrack + Mic features an 8-hour battery and a flash drive that can capture up to 24 hours of audio—plenty of power to record lectures that seem to go on forever. But we can’t guarantee that you’ll pass your class.

Does this thing have models?

Nope, no models. It’s a recording device.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B001ELJTD8
  • Item model number: 99-073-0403
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,638 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at October 2, 2001

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Peter G Levine on January 17, 2009
Why is easy so hard? What is it about electrical engineers that they have to stuff their bells and whistles full of more bells and whistles? And with on-board computing, this practice of `mine is more ginormous than yours' is out of control. I know MDs and PhDs who have a variety of handheld devices that absorb months of their lives in a frustrating learning curve.

For a long time I recorded my own personal jams on a stereo recorder that I got for 5 bucks at a yard sale. Two mics against the amp and all I had to do was press record. But my friend who lives in the far off land of New Jersey wanted to hear my stuff so I had to do the laborious transfer from analog to digital...hassle-o-rama dude. So I wanted something that would basically do the same thing: hit record, play, listen...but that was digital so I could bring it to the PC and email it off. Kinda like the PC cameras that they have where you shoot, bring it to the PC and send it off. No such luck. Everything was multi-track onboard technology with the dot matrix window and the 2 million options and a headache in a box.

I'd like to say that there was no learning curve with the Backtrack (w/mic) but I can't. The hardest part was just figuring out what to push if you just wanted to, uh, what do you call it...?...oh yeah, RECORD. This thing is designed to record when you play and stop when you don't. Which I don't get. I can push a button.

I did figure out which two buttons to push to immediately and continuously record. Once you bring it to a PC it opens like a flash drive and it has everything you recorded. Cool. The only other problem is that to set the levels you have to download the software that allows for you to set the parameters.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Flanagan on February 23, 2009
I'm not an audiophile but certainly enjoy good audio and had a need for good recording. Our church records sermons using a Mac laptop (and Audacity). This works well but requires a lot of overhead... Charger for the laptop, ensure that Audacity is monitoring the line-in, ensure that nothing crashes or interferes. Just too much hassle.

Enter the BackTrack.

It's been great... Although we still record with the laptop, we use the BackTrack as a backup recorder. Since it has a built-in mic, we have the option of simple leaving this on the podium where it records VERY nicely, or attaching it to the line-out from the wireless lapel mic in the sound booth. I'm considering axing the laptop and just using this since it's less distracting and so far has worked without a single hitch.

We don't use the auto-detect (just turned it off in the BackTrack utility) but use the "forced" recording mode (hold the Play and Mark buttons and wait for the red light). This is SO much easier than the intricacy of the laptop method, especially for the backup sound guys who aren't used to the software. The quality is excellent and the battery life has been outstanding. I'm no expert with sound but the recording always come out very nicely with no noise. Even on the laptop (a MacBook) often the internal circuitry seems to create a bit of extra noise (especially if USB is being used). With the BackTrack, the sound is rich and deep even when using the built-in mic (rather than the line-in).

When we're done recording, we simply attach via a standard, non-proprietary USB cable to any computer and you have your saved audio files in WAV format (it treats the device as USB mass storage device). It's easy and simple.

5 stars. Definitely.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By EJD on April 4, 2009
This product did exactly what I hoped it would do, that is record my practice sessions so I could go back to listen and evaluate what I played.

The sound quality is great, its easy to use and very easy to transfer songs to my PC. I then convert the tracks to MP3 files and burn on a CD using NERO for later listening in my car stereo. While hooked up to the PC I delete the files off the Backtrack and let the battery charge - all very easy. I mention these obvious things because some of the reviews I read before I purchased it made it sound like this was very difficult. After my first recording session, within minutes I was listening to the playback of the WAV files on Winamp.

My only dissapointment so far is the fact that the in-jack is not stereo. My amp and effects pedals put out stereo effects and stereo backing tracks so I'm missing out on an even better recordings, but as I said, sound quality is fine, just mono.

After all, its just really best for practice or song writing. Overall, I do reccomend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers on January 31, 2012
I have been using this little gem for about 3 years now. It makes my life easier and gives me what I need - what more can you ask?
I use it for: Recording instrumental acoustic guitar in my living room (yes, it works beautifully - the key is finding the sweet spot to place it); Recording my sons' band rehearsals; Recording my band's gig every Saturday (I process the WAV and send band members MP3 files within 2 days); My sons have also used it for recording their voice lessons and practice...

It is a tough little unit, it has been dropped countless times and still keeps ticking.

I do not use the Vox activated recording feature. I have used the plug in feature for recording electric guitar riffs, but generally do not have a need for that. Most acoustic guitars do not have enough signal to use the plugged in recording mode. I use the condenser microphone for everything. If I lost it - I would be very ticked - and would go buy me another one.

File transfer could not be simpler. Plug in - becomes a drive - copy.

The only down side is using the setup interface - it lacks useful instructions... But once you have it set for your needs - you can forget having to use the interface for a while.
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