Korg MR2 Handheld Portable DSD Recorder with AudioGate Software - Black
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- Ultra-high quality DSD recording @2.8 MHz; Multi-bit PCM formats supported up to 24-bit/192 kHz
- Built-in stereo electret condenser mic with X-Y configuration; dual screw mounts for tripod use
- Onboard analog limiter, low-cut filter, bass EQ; Save 10 custom setups (40 Preset); chromatic tuner
- Over 11 hours of DSD recording, direct to SD/SDHC card; AA battery (x2) or USB bus connection power
- AudioGate editing, file format conversion, and disc burning software tools
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The MR-2 is an unsurpassed capture device; your audio "butterfly net." With it, you'll never miss a musical moment, whether it's a band rehearsal, performance, concert, your own personal practice - or any event, for that matter. Top engineers and mastering experts proclaim that DSD offers the closest representation of analog warmth and the presence of the original recording than any other format. While no other hand held recorder can match the MR-2's DSD fidelity, recordings made on the MR-2 can be converted into nearly any multi-bit format for use on any project and within any DAW software/hardware platform.
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While instrument recording was my original purpose for purchase - piano, trombone & band recitals - I found many other handy uses for it. They range from archiving my vinyl LPs and other audio sources via analog inputs, to recording soundtracks for home video editing that should surpass the home video recorder's internal audio. I have not yet edited in any of the sound files to video, but expect this should yield good results.
I have found it extremely simple to convert vinyl LPs to hi-resolution audio files for archiving at hi-res, or down-converting to CDs or mp3. I simply plug the analog out from my receiver to the analog input of the recorder, and record hi-res audio files while the LP plays. I can choose DSD at up to 2x SACD resolution, or WAV up to 192 kHz. The resulting sound file is indistinguishable from the LP when played back through my sound system. The imagination can extend to other sources for hi-res recording from analog outputs, to preserve or make portable audio files from other, difficult-to-archive sources. For example, I was impressed with results when I connected the analog outs from my Oppo to the Korg's analog in. It is not possible to create digital copies, but the analog to digital converter (ADC) in the Korg is great.
To convert hi-res files to lower resolution formats, I use the Korg AudioGate software - a free download, unlocked for owners of Korg recorders. This allows me to record my LP music collection, then convert to formats I can play in my car, via a thumb drive full of mp3 files, or CD quality via CD-R at standard-resolution (CD quality 44.1 kHz). It is very simple and intuitive to convert hi-resolution file formats (DSDFF or WAV) to standard or low res, using the AudioGate software.
For live piano, I use a tripod to position the mic. This prevents friction noise from my hand. The device has 2 standard tripod receptacles, and can be mounted in either of 2 directions to help aim to the sound source. The internal microphone can be aimed by a little dial on the side, allowing flexibility to direct the mic. I position the mic behind the sound board of an upright home piano, or on stage at recitals. It is small enough to mic inconspicuously for live performances. Although I have yet to purchase an external microphone for even better recording, so far I'm happy with the quality of the internal mic for archiving recordings.
While I would not recommend using the internal mic to finalize a file for commercial uses (e.g. burning an SACD), it provides outstanding quality for a hand-held recorder internal mic.
I highly enjoy and have come to rely on the Korg MR2.
- high quality internal mic, also accepts external mics (check compatibility)
- versatility of uses
- free Korg AudioGate software (unlocked version, i.e. no social media requirements)
- ability to record at low, mid, high, ultra-high resolutions, including & up to DSDIFF (at 2x SACD resolution) or WAV 192 kHz
- ability to use the software to down-convert and trim audio files (simple editing only), including option to burn to CD
- far higher audio quality than its diminutive size suggests
- logical menu system with many customizable settings - could have been a nightmare of confusion but organized simply
- display is well organized despite the amount of info packed into its small screen
- easy to tripod-mount & aim internal mic
- manual is educational and reads well
- accepts SD / SDHC cards (I use a 32gb SDHC)
- have to download, install and register the software to access file-conversion tools for PC (but what else would one expect?)
- small memory provided, but easy to upgrade SDHC card
- hard to think of many negatives!
However, this unit (MR-2) uses AA batteries and a card. I am a musician and can't always set up mikes for a performance and a good recording. This unit allows me to set up in a New York minuite and capture a superb recording.
I have to use an external battery for recording more than one 45 min. set. That is the only bad thing. The internal batteries (AA) will only last for about a set (50min.) and that's it!!! Spent the extra money on a portable battery and you won't lose any valuable, once in a lifetime meterial.