Gemini iKey Portable USB Recording Device
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- Record live DJ mixes or Karaoke performances
- Sample DVD or CD audio
- Record audio directly to an MP3 Player hard drive
- Record speeches & seminars
- Convert MiniDisc recordings to MP3 & WAV
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I am right now using it to record from a cassette to mp3, and plugged into my stereo tape deck, I can imagine using it like this a lot. I have not been able to attach it to a hard drive, so I have only used it with a usb2 compact flash reader and a 1gb card, and generally successfully. But again, the only way to know if you are really getting the sound right is to stop recording, remove the card or whatever, and plug it into something that does play it, like a computer. And I have one next to my stereo, so I can do that if I want.
For field recording I have found this to be too much of an impediment. I am however enthused about trying the ikey plus, as soon as it is available at your usual online retailers like Amazon here (Just released apparently, and has a mic input and a headphone out.) I will probably sell this one as soon as I can get the plus model.
This added much later. I have since sold it and gotten the iKey Plus, and am very pleased with it, at least for the few times I have used it. Not only does the iKey Plus add several key functionalities, but improves on the ones already present. But the absolutely crucial feature of being able to monitor your input is what really made the difference. I'll probably give the Plus model a favorable review in a few more weeks, unless I encounter some major glitch.
It is very limitied in what it does, but what it does works well and is quite simple.
The biggest problem I have with it is remembering if I have it on "record" or not. The other problem is also have the record level set up correctly. Too low and you get nothing and too high and the signal is distorted. The manual states that it is better to record too low than to record too high and I agree. I have found that taping the dial to the best setting from the previous time works best so all your recordings from the same type source are all at the same sound level.
I then take the USB drive out and connect to my PC and dump the mp3 files or wav files into my hard drive and then edit using Music CD Recorder by databecker. You can use any audio editing/recording software like cakewalk pro, etc.
Gemini has a plus edtion that provides more functions and less "blind" type recording, but all in all this little device delivers what it promises. You can't monitor what you're recording and you can't check it (playback) until you have a PC to connect it to. I think everyone of the bad reviews are from people who might have expected too much or didn't read and comprehend the directions in the owners manual.
I use this at my Karaoke shows to record singers and then later burn a CD of their own singing as a little gift of appreciation for them coming out and helping to draw a crowd (I do this for the "good" singers", not the Scary-oke singers).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This thing is like a music box, technology outmoded, and it wasn't easy to use either-looked liike a video game to me!Published on August 8, 2014 by John I. Hart
We have been using one of these units for several years now. We are recording church services with the music and sermons from the line out port of the installed audio system in... Read morePublished on August 14, 2009 by Bookworm
I was very frustrated with this device until I resolved what seems to be a fundamental problem with the design that others seem to have run into as well, so I wanted to share my... Read morePublished on August 28, 2007 by D. Chody
This is a great item for anyone who wants to convert their tapes and records to CD or MP3. The iKey "Plus" allows you to adjust the input level while using an LED meter and... Read morePublished on December 4, 2006 by M. Nelson
I tried it with 3 differnt usb sticks and I could sometiems successfully record a 3 minute songs, but most of the time it failed. Read morePublished on November 10, 2006 by Guenter Weissenseel
I have now been through 2 of these. The first didn't work consistently, so they sent me another. Same issues. Read morePublished on July 21, 2006 by Max
The device I received worked alright for my first test recording. I recorded a song from vinyl to 256 kbps mp3 using a Sandisk 512k USB flash drive. Read morePublished on April 19, 2006 by bleak
they said this would be able to record albums, but they didn't say one track at a time, they seemed to have left out the part of how long you can actually record a track, it seems... Read morePublished on March 9, 2006 by John Stecker