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M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96 Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Recorder

by M-Audio
45 customer reviews

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  • Compact 2-channel digital recorder with balanced 1/4-inch TRS inputs and mic/line switch
  • Saves audio files in WAV or MP3 format on compatible CompactFlash cards and microdrives
  • Immediate drag-and-drop file transfer to PC or Mac via USB 2.0; easy-to-read LCD display
  • Separate left and right input level controls with signal and peak indicators; coaxial digital input
  • Includes 64 MB CompactFlash card; measures 2.4 x 4.3 x 1.12 inches (W x H x D): 1-year warranty
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Product Description

Product Description

The MicroTrack 24/96 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.

From the Manufacturer

The 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 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 USB power adapter. The MicroTrack combines quality beyond that of DAT recording with the convenience and cost-effectiveness of personal digital recorders for the ultimate solution in mobile recording.

Post MP3s to the Web-Instantly
MicroTrack’s ability to record directly to MP3 files and transfer them instantly to the computer means that you can e-mail or post high-quality recordings to the Web immediately. Musicians can e-mail demos to writing/production partners and record companies when the inspiration strikes. Business users can easily upload meetings and presentations for review and wider dissemination immediately. Educators can post classes, lectures and seminars without delay. Faith-based organizations can quickly broadcast worship services and speakers. Professional presenters can create and sell back-end collateral content almost instantly—and the list goes on.

Flexible Recording
One of the secrets to the MicroTrack’s compact size is that, like many of today’s digital cameras, it records to CompactFlash or microdrives. Recording capacity is based on the recording format selected and the size of the currently inserted media. An affordable upgrade to a 1GB CompactFlash card or microdrive, for example, will hold approximately 100 minutes of uncompressed CD-quality 16-bit stereo 44.1kHz WAV files. That same 1GB media will store 1500 minutes of stereo speech-quality MP3 audio at 96kbps. Of course, you can use and swap out whatever capacity media suits your needs.

Simple Transfers
You can record as many unique files as the capacity of your available storage allows. Then just connect MicroTrack to your PC or Mac via USB, and it appears as a USB mass storage device showing the unique identification number of each file. Just drag and drop the files to your computer’s hard drive and your audio is ready to edit and/or post to the Web. The included Audacity software even gives you the power to easily edit your files and convert between file formats.

Power to Go
MicroTrack is powered via long-life lithium-ion batteries. You can record for approximately four to five hours on a single charge (or about three hours with phantom power engaged). Recharge the battery by simply connecting MicroTrack to a PC or Mac via USB, or using an optional power supply.

Professional Recording—Anytime, Anywhere
At about the size and weight of a deck of cards, MicroTrack will go anywhere you need to record—but don’t let its small size fool you. Thanks to leaps in miniaturization, this rugged device is in the same class as our critically acclaimed audio interfaces. Pro-quality preamps complete with phantom power will work with your favorite condenser microphones virtually anywhere you need to capture audio—all the way up to 24-bit/96kHz.

Take MicroTrack with you wherever you go as a songwriter’s notebook
MicroTrack's mobility and mic preamps also make it ideal for recording practice sessions and gigs, not to mention capturing film-quality sound effects in the field. Balanced ¼" TRS line ins also make it easy to take a feed directly from a studio or club mixer. S/PDIF input means that you can even record the output of digital mixers and do transfers from other digital recording/storage devices. And regardless of how you choose to record, you can monitor via the 1/8" stereo headphone jack or RCA line outs.

Beyond DAT
The MicroTrack represents a far better way to acquire audio than DAT, especially in the field. For starters, MicroTrack's media and electronics are all solid state, making them significantly more compact, reliable and resilient. Where delicate DAT tapes are comparatively hard to find, CompactFlash and microdrives are readily available, and the price per megabyte keeps plummeting. Perhaps even more compelling, audio data transfers from MicroTrack to your computer almost instantly—no more waiting around for real-time DAT transfers. And MicroTrack's media can even double as storage for other devices such as digital cameras.

Full Feature Set

  • 2-channel WAV and MP3 recording and playback for pro recording, meetings, training, education and worship
  • storage via convenient CompactFlash or microdrives*
  • immediate drag-and-drop file transfer to PC and Mac via USB 2.0 mini- connector
  • powered via USB, rechargeable lithium-ion battery or power supply (both included)
  • separate left and right input level controls with signal and peak indicators
  • professional balanced 1/4" TRS inputs with mic/line switch
  • dual microphone preamps with phantom power for studio microphones
  • 1/8" TRS input with 5V power for use with stereo electret microphone (microphone included)
  • S/PDIF coaxial input for digital transfers
  • monitoring via RCA line outputs or 1/8" 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 software for editing and file format conversion
  • 64MB CompactFlash card included

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000ANQXKS
  • Item model number: 9900-40773-00
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,708 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 3, 2005

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Customer Reviews

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129 of 132 people found the following review helpful By P. Schmidt on January 14, 2006
First I should say that I do field/mobile recordings of jazz and classical groups, lugging heavy road cases, cables and stands to various venues in order to do CD recordings of the concerts. I am also a professional musician, and frequently wish to record rehearsals and informal performances for self-evaluation later on. I formerly used a small Sony DAT-Man recorder for this with a Radio Shack battery powered stereo mic, but both died and it was time for a replacement using the latest technology. Enter the M-Audio Microtrack 24/96...

In concept this unit is fantastic, and the layout and feature set are just about all I can ask for, to do what I need to do. And, the unit works. Here are my thoughts on the unit, using the latest firmware as of mid-January 2006:

Good:

-Acceptable LCD display, although level meters are too slow to use, making it hard to see what the signal is doing. This leads to surprises when the red CLIPPING LEDs suddenly light up; I can't see these hot levels coming until it is too late. At least M-Audio thought to put these LEDs there instead of relying on the LCD alone.

-Excellent controls layout and simple control scheme.

-Basic audio quality is comparable to CDs, although this depends greatly on how I bring the signal into the unit. The only way to get a really clean signal is via the digital S/PDIF connector, and I have nothing small and light enough to take to sessions that will provide S/PDIF from a microphone.

-Firmware is very easy to upgrade.

-USB interface to computer works seamlessly and easily, although to upload longer audio files from the unit to the computer I choose to use a USB Compact Flash card reader...it is much faster.
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Bob Carroll : Gooplusplus•com on November 27, 2005
I wonder a bit about some of the comments in the earlier reviews. The little "T" stereo microphone should be able to handle very loud levels if you remember to SLIDE THE LEVEL TO "L" on left side of the unit. I would also recommend that you make absolutely certain that you have downloaded and installed the latest firmware from the M-Audio web site. Regarding file dupes, it never happened to me but I don't do MacIntosh.

I bought this unit mostly for Podcasting for my future vegasmusictalk web site. It is great for that purpose - SIMPLE, SELF-CONTAINED, and UNOBTRUSIVE for close-distance interviewing using the included stereo "T" mic.

The AMAZON description is incorrect about the 48V phantom power. M-Audio made a design decision (voltage versus battery consumption) and used 30V phantom instead. For some phantom-powered microphones this is okay. For others, especially more pricey professional ones, it will compromise microphone performance.

The M-Audio's biggest annoyance for me is how easy it is to mistakenly have the PHANTOM POWER switch set to "ON" which could damage certain microphones or connected equipment and even if it doesn't will surely introduce added noise at the 1/4" inputs. A big disappointment for me is that you CANNOT MIX the 1/4" inputs and stereo 1/8" input at the same time. For interviewing it would have been very convenient to use the stereo "T" mic to pick up the main interview table conversation while also mixing in voices from two more remote Shure SM57 mics. Maybe next revision ... ?

This unit will record to either WAV or MP3 files. Even though I replaced the included smallish FLASH memory card with an under $100 Corsair 2GB FLASH memory card, recording to WAV really uses up memory very quickly.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Snap, Crackle and Pop on January 5, 2006
People's reactions to this seem to vary widely depending on how they plan to use it, and their expectations. I'd note that their expectations aren't that realistic, in some cases. Do you expect it to be perfect, or just a significant step forward? Some people are surprised the included mic doesn't work well for every possible audio application (!); others - like me - are surprised it includes a mic at all!

Google on these words to see some very detailed reviews, they may be helpful in knowing what to expect, given how you plan to use it:
m-audio microtrack review

It's far from perfect, but I'm not sure why people expect it to be, as the alternatives are all far from perfect. It's well worth considering if you're looking for a reasonably priced recorder.

Some might want to look into the recording capabilities of the latest generation of iPods (the video iPod).
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gunthersan on March 16, 2006
I found the m-audio MicroTrack 24-96 to be a great little recorder. I recorded a 2.5 hour concert using some self-powered, high-impedance binaural microphones onto a 1GB Kingston Elite CF card (50x), using the low input setting, mp3 recording at 320 kbps, and no phantom power. The unit's battery lasted through the concert with a little charge to spare. The 1GB CF card is capable of holding over 7 hours of audio at the settings I used.

The recording is wonderful; it has no hiss or distortion. I found the interface and controls easy to use. The green LEDs indicated that each channel was recording, and the red LEDs indicated when my input levels were too high. The only issue I noticed is that the unit takes several seconds to boot up when the power is first turned on, and I was caught off-guard when the first song of the concert started and I didn't give myself enough time to get the unit ready. Copying the audio files from the unit to my PC was easy. The quality is superb.

I did test the `T' microphone provided with the unit at home, and found it introduced noticeable hiss. My guess is that the quality and impedance of the microphones used with this unit have a great deal to do with the quality of the resulting recording.

Headphones can be used with the recorder while recording to hear exactly what the microphones are picking up.

Before using it, I downloaded the latest firmware into the unit. Following the instructions, I had no problems installing the firmware. I fully charged the unit's battery before using it; it took about two hours to charge, although the battery wasn't empty when I started.

What I wanted was a device similar in size to a DAT or cassette recorder which could make good stereo recordings without having to change the recording media too often for a reasonable amount of money, and this unit fit my needs perfectly.
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