Belkin GoStudio Recorder for iPod (Green/Gray)
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- Record directly to your iPod in 16-bit, 44kHz digital audio quality
- Built-in speaker for instant playback
- 2 combo microphone inputs; 3.5mm mini-jack microphone input
- 2 built-in microphones for stereo recording with independent gain control
- Master level control with signal/clip LED's; Direct monitor level control
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Belkin GoStudio Recorder for iPod (Green/Gray)
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Manufacturer's Review (December 2, 2008)
Turn your iPod into a virtual, on-the-go recording studio with the Belkin GoStudio Recorder. With its highly portable and rugged design, built-in microphones for stereo recording, and a wide array of advanced controls, the GoStudio is the perfect way to record interviews, lectures, and music directly onto your iPod. And by simply connecting your iPod to your computer, it's a cinch to upload your new content to your blog or Web site, or to your Facebook or MySpace pages.
The GoStudio was designed with the roaming recording professional in mind, letting you make high-quality recordings directly onto an iPod. This palm-sized studio features a docking cradle that keeps your iPod secured in a position that allows convenient and comfortable access to the screen and click wheel.
The GoStudio features two built-in stereo microphones and also has two combo inputs with XLR and 1/4-inch jacks for connecting either external microphones or line-level sources, and a 3.5-mm mini-jack microphone input.
Easy to access controls, including a master level control with signal/clip LEDs and a direct monitor level control, let you adjust the gain and control your recording levels. The GoStudio also has a limiter switch, mono switch, and low cut filter, as well as a headphone jack that lets you monitor the recorded material in real time.
You can record in either high-quality or low-quality mode, depending on what your applications are and how much free disk space you have. On high-quality mode, you can make 16-bit 44.1 kHz recordings, which has the same quality as audio CDs. This results in large files (about 10 MB per minute) that are ideal for recordings of live concerts. Low-quality mode, better for voice memos, interviews, and lectures, records at 22.05 kHz in 16-bit mono and weighs in at about 2.5 MB per minute.
With all these controls and options, you'll be able to make clear recordings whether you're in a recording studio, in a lecture hall, or out in the field interviewing people.
For musicians and others who want even more options, such as the ability to mix four channels of audio simultaneously with your iPod, the Belkin TuneStudio is the way to go.
Play Back Your Recordings Instantly
When you're done with your recording, you can play back your audio instantly either through headphones or through the built-in speaker. Your recordings can easily be transferred to your computer for more editing, storage on your hard disk, and burning onto a CD.
And once you've edited your files and uploaded them to iTunes, it's a simple step to add your new audio content your blog, Web site, Facebook or MySpace pages, or wherever else your fancy takes you. With the GoStudio Recorder, you're only limited by your imagination.
Compatibility with Range of iPods
The Belkin GoStudio Recorder is compatible with 2nd and 3rd generation iPod nano, iPod classic, and iPod 5th generation.
The Belkin GoStudio requires two AAA batteries (included) for operation and is backed by a one-year warranty.What's in the Box
GoStudio, adapter inserts for different iPods, warranty card, quick start guide, two AAA batteries.
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Then things went digital. It was great for the camera crew: quality went 'way up while cost and size went 'way down. The only problem was that I suddenly couldn't record audio anymore. Digital audio recorders just cost too much, or the ones that didn't lacked professional features like XLR connectors and plug-in power. Meanwhile, in my pocket was an Apple iPod that could store hours of CD-quality audio. What I wanted was a recording interface that would let me plug my pro and pro-sumer stuff into the iPod--and wouldn't require me to mortgage my house (especially since I live in an apartment).
The Belkin GoStudio does the job for me. It has two good built-in mikes for stereo recording, two combo connectors (XLR and quarter-inch) for external mikes, a stereo mini mike jack with plug-in power, on-board playback, and a bunch of other features that make it useful. Best of all, it lists for about $150 (US), and I've seen it on Amazon for under $100 (also US, of course). I've only had it a few weeks and I've used it to get good recordings of interviews, sound effects, and my own incoherent rambling that I call "thinking out loud." I use an 5th generation iPod with a 30-gig drive, but it's compatible with a number of iPods and Nanos, but not the iPhone. I know 'cause I tried it.
The GoStudio is not perfect. The biggest problem is that the built-in mikes pick up handling noise and even the whine of the iPod as it writes to the hard drive every few minutes. Others have also said that the GoStudio burns through its two AAA batteries pretty quickly. I haven't had this problem yet because most of my recording is a few minutes here and there. More annoying is the need to keep a supply of AAA batteries handy, when most of my other stuff (GPS, MagLite, etc.) uses AAs.
But these problems aren't hard to work around. Handling and drive noise can be circumvented by using external microphones and the tripod socket on the bottom of the GoStudio. There are few occasions when I'd use the built-in microphones anyway. As for extra power, the GoStudio has an auxiliary power port, so just take it down to Radio Shack and get a generic wall wart AC adapter. For portable recordings, it shouldn't be too difficult to hack an external power supply for the aux port, or just carry extra AAA batteries.
I'm using the GoStudio to record research interviews for documentaries, "found" sound effects, and my guitar playing (which I wouldn't exactly call "music"). One of these days, good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise, I'll get a proper digital field recorder, but in the mean time the Belkin GoStudio is good enough for boot-strapping.
use. Pull in a Ipod and everything comes up pretty much plug and play, with the ipon touch menus taking care of everything. I have to try it out on a real live performance (this is what I wanted it for) but so far so good.
It is light-weight and very easy to use. I can't speak to its durability because I have been fortunate to not drop it as of yet. It may not look terribly sophisticated, from an aesthetic standpoint, but it gets the job done. If you are a novice with recording technologies, I think this is a nice piece of starter equipment because it has a simple, intuitive (to a point) design for not a huge financial investment.
--It does drain the iPod battery pretty quickly, but this has not been a problem in my personal usage so I didn't factor it in to my rating.--
I have also been very pleased with the way it handles input from a cassette player. Between the GoStudio recorder and iTunes, I was able to improve the quality of what was a pretty rough live tape recording. It actually minimized some of the hissing and distortion, then enhanced the vocals. This was a nice way for me to put our musical program on cd for distribution among church members who otherwise would have gotten the dubbed cassette.
I would recommend this product to other beginners as myself. If more advanced technology is available, this is obviously not an equal alternative. In cases where this is the only recording equipment available to you, it is a pretty cool gadget.