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        American Audio

        Portable digital audio recorder designed for voice & audio recording.

        The Musicians Gear Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder is equipped with leading edge digital recording technology, excellent sound quality, and it's easy to operate. The hand-held recorder is suitable for capturing the sound of acoustic instruments, electric guitars, keyboards, MP3 players, interviews, educational presentations, band rehearsals, and field recordings.

        The Pocket Record boasts 128MB of built-in flash memory with an SD memory card slot that accepts 16MB - 4GB SD cards. (Not compatible with SDHC cards). Pocket Record SD digital recorder has a 1-year limited warranty.

        Features
        • Stereo built-in condenser microphones
        • Supports high-quality 44.1kHz wav and MP3 recording formats
        • Stereo audio inputs
        • Microphone, guitar & line-in recording sources
        • Volume control for input and output level adjustment
        • Stereo earphone jack
        • Built-in 128Mb flash memory
        • Equipped with an expanded memory slot for SD cards up to 4GB (Does not accept SDHC cards)
        • USB port for computer connection and DC power in
        • Works with either two AA batteries or a 5V DC adapter (sold separately)
         

        Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder Specifications:

        • Dimensions: 6.1"(L) x 3.3"(W) x 1.2"(D)
        • Weight: 7 oz. (not including batteries)
        • Recording media: Internal flash memory: 128MB
        • SD memory card slot:
        • Accepts 16MB-4GB SD cards (Not SDHC compatible)
        • SD card format type: FAT 32
        • Recording format: WAV(16-bit), sample rate:8/11/16/22/32/44.1kHz;
        • MP3(128Kbps), sample rate: 44.1kHz.
        • Playback format: WAV: PCM WAV with sampling rate of 8kHz, 16kHz, 32kHz and 44.1kHz,
        • MP3: MPEG1,MPEG2,MPEG2.5Layer3,from 32K~320Kbps
        • S/N ratio at 1Khz: 55dB
        • Frequency response: 20 — 20kHz
        • Built-in microphone: omni-directional condenser microphone type
        • Input: Two 1/4" mono for selection of extension microphone, Line-in, and Electric Guitar (plug-in power 1.5V)
        • Built-in stereo microphones(L & R).
        • Output: 1/8" stereo heanphone , 1/8"stereo Line out
        • Built-in speaker: 0.2Watt, 8 Ohm
        • USB interface: Mini-B type (USB 2.0 Full-Speed compatible)
        • Power requirements: AA battery x 2, or USB DC adaptor 5V (not included).
        • Battery life (Alkaline batteries): 5 hours for recording, or 6 hours for playback (by earphone)
        • Accessories: Two lapel microphones, USB cable, two AA batteries, and a headphone.
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        American AudioPocket Record SD Digital Recorder
         
        3.1

        (based on 33 reviews)

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Good recorder with some flaws

        I had been thinking about getting some sort of portable recorder to record myself in practice and also possibly recording my band. The name brand portable digital recorders were rather expensive for me, so...Read complete review

        I had been thinking about getting some sort of portable recorder to record myself in practice and also possibly recording my band. The name brand portable digital recorders were rather expensive for me, so I started looking into cassette recorders. A google search turned up one of these recorders on scratch and dent sale, so I went for it.I have experienced some of the problems mention in other reviews here but have found ways to at least work around them. I recorded several tracks successfully in the first folder available, transfered them to my computer and deleted them. I them had problems recording in that folder - it would seem to record fine, but on playback only would play about 5 or 6 seconds. But recording in other folders works fine. Sometimes after recording a track it won't play back. Sometimes waiting awhile will work, and sometimes I just turn it off and back on.I recorded a gig my bluegrass band did - I just turned it on and let it run (engaging the lock switch so it wouldn't automatically turn off after a few minutes. I had problems transferring it to my computer - it would seem to transfer fine but the track wouldn't play on the computer. But I was able to transfer to a different computer I own and then copy it over to my main computer.The 2 built in mikes work fine when I record one of my classical or acoustic guitars. I also have an electric, one of my CGs has a pickup and I have a clip-in pup on my 12. You can record a guitar directly via one of the 2 1/4" jacks. It also comes with 2 small mikes with about 3-4 foot cord on each, and plug these into the jacks for additional miking options. These mikes come with a clip allowing you to clip one on yourself or something.I have made a brief experiment with recording on a 2 gig SD card I have and it worked fine.The recorded sound seems to be pretty good. I am sure you won't be turning out finished recording with this, but recording a practice or gig for review and self-critiquing later on, preserving ideas you come up with and the like I think it works quite fine.Overall, I find this a useful if not perfect device. For the price I got it, it was considerably less than other digital recorders, and being digital allows me to transfer recordings to my computer to edit, post online, or email to others, none of which could be done as easily with a cassette recorder, so I am glad I didn't go that route.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        If you want something that works, don't get this!

        It worked for about 3-4 recordings and then quit. it turned on but that's all it did. There were NO recordings on it and it said the memory was "FULL"....Read complete review

        It worked for about 3-4 recordings and then quit. it turned on but that's all it did. There were NO recordings on it and it said the memory was "FULL". NOTHING on it, EVERY track and folder said "00:00:00" on the title. every recording I did make this I deleted because of poor sound quality. Even if I kept the sound recordings I made, there are 99 tracks per folder! If you want to pretend to record and just have a chunk of plastic laying around get this. But if your a REAL musician, don't get this thing because it's just going to bring disappointment. NOT RECOMMENDED!!!!

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        1.0

        Don't waste your money

        By Pluto

        from Chapel Hill North Carolina

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Poor Quality Construction
          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Weak

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

            Don't waste your money,this is a toy at best

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            3.0

            Get something better

            By dman_chief

            from DC

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Construction
            • Poor Sound Quality
            • Weak

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

              For the price, you could get a Kodak PlaySport HD camcorder that will not only record better sound than this, but also give you video. I wasn't impressed with it.

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              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              out of date

              Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

              Compared to other handheld digital recorders that are available it's bulky and sucks up the batteries. There is a bit of a weird phase shift kind of a sound sometimes too. I later got a Sony meant for spoken note taking and conferences. The Sony is better. I also got one of the small Tascams - it's also better than this unit. Usable, but not recommended.
              Doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.
              Better units available for similar money.

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              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Avoid this Recorder

              Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

              I purchased this recorder new about 2 years ago. It worked very well for about 6 months. Recording quality and transfer quality was good. But suddenly it stopped functioning properly. I treasted this unit with care. It turns on, records, but now it only plays back the first 7 seconds of the file. Called the company for tech help, but they could not offer any solution. Don't buy it.

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              If you want something that works, don't get this!

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

              It worked for about 3-4 recordings and then quit. it turned on but that's all it did. There were NO recordings on it and it said the memory was "FULL". NOTHING on it, EVERY track and folder said "00:00:00" on the title. every recording I did make this I deleted because of poor sound quality. Even if I kept the sound recordings I made, there are 99 tracks per folder! If you want to pretend to record and just have a chunk of plastic laying around get this. But if your a REAL musician, don't get this thing because it's just going to bring disappointment. NOT RECOMMENDED!!!!

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Spend a little more money

              By Laserfloyd

              from Atlanta, GA

              Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

              Bought this 11/09 for voice recording primarily. First couple of months it worked fine.The first issue I had was while recording the president of our company doing a voice message. The recording appeared to go fine but it wasn't until I got the file off the device that I noticed weird sound artifacts. I was able to edit most out and the background music also helped cover those up.The next problem was the dreaded corrupted file. This has happened about 5 times both internal memory and external SD card. It's caused major headache in having to a) re-record someone or b) go with sub-par video camera audio. So far we've managed to work around these problems but as time went on I realized that we can't depend on the device anymore.Spend a few more bucks and get a TASCAM or something. I wouldn't recommend this product.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Don't Waste Your Money

              By Bassman57-zvZm9

              from Mississippi Gulf Coast

              Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

              Bought this recorder last June to record sermons for my Pastor. Worked fine for a little while then started to act up.I recorded using line in from our mixer's recorder out jacks. It seems to be recording, but when I try to download MP3 files to my PC for editing I get Corrupt File errors. This was very random, but frustrating (not to mention having to tell Pastor the sermon didn't record). Called Tech Service at American Audio and was told to "reformat" the internal drive via windows. Now unit won't work at all.Stay away from this recorder and American Audio Tech Support.

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not reliable

              By Macstudios

              from North Carolina

              Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

              I bought one of these about a year ago just to capture some ideas (which is about all it's good for considering the sound quality is terrible). Worked great for a while but now it says it's recording but only captures about 3 secs, or the entire file may corrupt. It's not the card, the internal memory does it too. Planning on investing on a better quality recorder next time. Still works great just to sit down and catch some ideas, if you have time to try several times before it actually saves the file. Save a few extra dollars and get a better quality recorder though!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Really Not Very Good

              By Shufflocity

              from Pittsburgh, PA

              Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

              The Musician's Gear Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder is about as inexpensive a PDR as you will likely find. That said, it still isn't a great deal. I have found the sound quality acceptable only when used direct (not mics), the user interface clumsy, and the controls balky and sluggish (making precise timing impossible).

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Piece of Junk...Avoid at All Costs!

              By JasonCraig

              from Kansas City, MO

              Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

              I bought this from MF and after 3 or 4 recordings it locked up and wouldn't do anything. After removing the batteries and rebooting it, it worked 3 or 4 more times and locked up again. I returned the original, thinking maybe I had a lemon, but the second one would lock up intermittently after 5 or 6 recordings. This plus less than acceptable sound quality, an MP3 encoder (Blade) that isn't compatible in some apps, and overall poor construction make this an absolute piece of junk. Avoid at all costs!!!

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