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Korg MR-1 Mobile Recorder  

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        Step up to 1-bit/2.8MHz digital recording — what goes in is what comes out with no math in between.

        Future-proof digital recording is here! With the pristine fidelity and ultimate flexibility of 1-bit technology, the new, surprisingly affordable MR-1 sound recorder ensures that your location recordings and final masters are never obsolete. The hand-held MR-1 provides high-quality 1-bit/2.8 MHz recording and playback in a shirt-pocket portable package that is perfect for location recording, broadcast journalism, podcasting, live music performances — even for rehearsals and song-writing sessions. By recording in 1-bit/2.8 MHz format you are assured that your most important, once-in-a-lifetime moments are captured in stunning detail, and ready for whatever the future brings you. And back in the studio it also provides superb final mix and archiving benefits.

        Powerful new software bundled with the Korg MR-1 recorder enables the conversion of your 1-bit recordings and mixes into all of today's audio formats without degradation. Best of all, by archiving your data in 1-bit format you're ready for the future, as playback systems and standards change.

        Real world features
        • The Korg MR-1 supports multiple recording formats including DSDIFF, DSF, and WSD 1-bit formats*, as well as multi-bit PCM format (BWF) with resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz.

        • It features a 20GB internal hard drive, offering up to six hours of recording** at the highest audio quality (1-bit 2.8224 MHz stereo), or approximately 20 hours at CD quality (16-bit 44.1 kHz).

        • High-speed USB 2.0 connectivity provides for fast and easy transfer of files between the recorder and your computer. The MR-1 runs on AC or long-life rechargeable lithium polymer battery.

        • The maximum continuous recording time is approximately six hours when using an AC adapter.

        • The ultra portable MR-1 digital recorder includes dual balanced mini plug inputs and a stereo mini plug output. It includes a stereo electret condenser mic so the unit can be tucked away and the mic clipped or placed in a convenient location. It features an intuitive, menu-driven interface featuring a large backlit LCD for superb visibility.

        • A total of one thousand projects can be recorded in the MR-1, and file management functions such as Rename, Delete, and Protect can be easily applied to individual projects. Up to one hundred mark points can also be stored in each project.

        • Recognizes a maximum of 200 projects for each format (WAV, DFF, DSF and WSD), max 1,000 projects

        Free integrated software solution
        The MR-1 comes with Korg's innovative and powerful AudioGate software for Mac and PC. AudioGate can convert 1-bit recordings into WAV and AIFF formats at various bit-rates (and vice versa) and offers real-time conversion and playback of 1-bit files using your computer's audio hardware.

        It also does essential functions like DC offset removal, gain control, and fade in/out. The combination of the Korg MR-1 and this exclusive software makes the perfect system for both capturing and preserving your critical projects and source recordings. This archiving capability that had only been the domain of the major record companies and top studios is now available for everyone!

        1-bit technology equals pristine fidelity
        1-bit recording is the latest advancement in audio, and has been adopted for use in the critically acclaimed SACD recording format. It offers a frequency response of DC to 100 kHz (analog tape is 5Hz to 50kHz) and dynamic range of 120 dB. This uncompromising fidelity, low noise floor, extended dynamic range, lifelike imaging and analog quality depth has been praised by top experts. But there are other important advantages to the format that are of benefit to all recording professionals, regardless of their tracking platform.

        Future proof flexibility
        Today's state-of-the-art 24-bit converters use high-speed 1-bit conversion to capture audio, using real-time decimation and other processes to present the data in the desired bit depth/sample rate format. The beauty of the MR's bitstream format is that it uses the original 1-bit data, without the need for the other processes. What comes in comes out, with no manipulation needed.

        As files are converted and reconverted between various bit depths and sampling rates, there are possibly degrading effects, depending on the sample rate conversion algorithms. The critical issue is that files mixed and mastered in today's state of the art resolution may be insufficient for tomorrow's formats. Archiving your final mixes and masters in a 1-bit system allows you to bypass these issues, and preserve your music with both the highest fidelity and in a more "universal" format. That data then can more easily be converted at a later date to the bit depth/sample rate format of your choice without compromising the integrity or fidelity of the data. You can even convert to newer formats that will be adopted in the future, be they multi-bit or a further migration to the 1-bit format.

        DSF (DSD Stream File)
        This is a DSD file format supported by some Sony "VAIO" personal computers (models with the "Sound Reality" engine) sold since September, 2005. This format is already supported by software such as "SonicStage Mastering StudioVer.2.0" and "DSD Direct," and it is expected that increasing numbers of software titles will support it in the future, including shareware and freeware.

        WSD (Wideband Single-bit Data)
        This is a 1-bit audio file format created by the "One-bit Audio Consortium." It accommodates all formats of one-bit audio data without limitation of channel number or sample rate. The "One-bit Audio Consortium" was established in 2001 with the goal of contributing to the advance of audio through research, development, and popularization of 1-bit audio technology, and its work is currently supported by more than 60 members.

        Features

        Recorder Section

        • Number of Tracks: 2 tracks, 2-track recording/playback simultaneously
        • Recording Formats: DSDIFF, DSF, WSD: 2.8224 MHz @ 1-bit WAV, BWF: 44.1 kHz @ 16/24-bit, 48 kHz @ 16/24-bit, 88.2 kHz @ 24-bit, 96 kHz @ 24-bit, 176.4 kHz @ 24-bit, 192 kHz @ 24-bit 44.1kHz/192kbps(playback 44.1kHz/32kbps-320kbps)
        • Internal Hard Disk Drive: 20 GB
        • Recording Time: max approx. 31 hours (44.1 kHz @ 16-bit, 2-track)
        • Number of Projects: **Recognizes a maximum of 200 for each format, max 1,000 projects
        • Mark Points: 100 points per a song (no mark name)
        • USB Functions: USB2.0 supported, ability to use as FAT32 external USB drive
        • Song Editing: rename, delete, protect

        General

        • Display: 160 x 104 dots LCD with backlight
        • Dimensions: 64 (W) x 120 (D) x 24 (H) mm / 2.52" (W) x 4.72" (D) x 0.94" (H)
        • Weight: 200 g (including battery)
        • Power Supply: AC adapter, or internal rechargeable battery (lithium ion polymer)
        • Current Consumption: 2.15 W
        • Accessories: AC adapter (also operates as charger), carrying pouch, stereo mic (CM-2M), CD-ROM ("AudioGate" audio file conversion software)

        Order your MR-1 now and be on the absolute cutting edge of digital recording for years to come.

         

        MR-1 Mobile Recorder Specifications:

        • Frequency Response: 10 Hz-20 kHz ± 1 dB @ fs 44.1/48kHz, 10 Hz-40 kHz ± 1 dB @ fs 88.2/96 kHz/176.4kHz/192 kHz, 10 Hz-100 kHz (1-Bit)
        • S/N: 90 dB (typical) @ IHF-A INPUT-OUTPUT
        • THD+N: 0.018% (typical) 20 Hz-20 kHz
        • A/D Conversion: 2.8224MHz (1-bit), 24-bit (PCM)
        • D/A Conversion: 2.8224MHz (1-bit), 24-bit (PCM)
        • INPUT 1-2
        • Connectors: mini phone jack (balanced)
        • Input Impedance: 10 kOhms
        • Nominal Level: LINE -6 dBV, MIC -39 dBV
        • Maximum Level: LINE +6 dBV, MIC -27 dBV
        • Connector: stereo mini phone jack
        • Nominal Level: -6 dBV
        • Maximum Level: +6 dBV
        • Load Impedance: 10 kOhm or greater
        • PHONES
        • Connector: stereo mini phone jack
        • Output Impedance: 16 ohms or greater
        • Maximum Level: 40 mW + 40 mW @ 16 ohms
        • USB
        • Connector: Type B (mini)
        • Format: USB 2.0 High-Speed device, USB mass storage class
        • Included Items
        • AC adapter (also operates as charger), Owner's Manual, protective case, stereo mic (CM-2M), clip stand, CD-ROM ("AudioGate" audio file conversion application)
        • MP3 format support will be added in an upcoming free update. This system updater is expected be available in the middle of 2007 via KORG distributor's websites.
        • System Requirements
        • Supported OS: Windows Me/2000 or later, Mac OS 9.0.4 or later
        • AudioGate
        • Supported OS: Windows XP Home Edition/Professional Edition Service Pack 1 or later, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later (Intel-based Mac supported)
        • Supported Computers: [Windows] Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or faster [Macintosh] Apple G4 800 MHz or faster (Intel-based Mac supported)
        • Memory: 256 MB or larger (512 MB or larger recommended)
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        3.0

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        By Mike .

        from Finland

        Comments about Korg MR-1 Mobile Recorder:

        Mic Pre-amps are not the best, noise is present although they are 'clean' - DSD modes are overated, converting from single bit to 16, 24 bit at 44.1 khz or 96 khz doesn't bring much benefit, wav modes are useless beyond 44.1khz too much noise from the converter. Single bit converted to 44.1 / 24 bit is the best this can do. Forget it for scientific recording at 192 Khz, far too much noise above 50 Khz. Recommendation consider a recorder like the Edirol R09HR or Oly LS-10.

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        Mine froze up after 2 months and is now in the shop. For the price, bad news.

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        1.0

        Over priced paperweight

        Comments about Korg MR-1 Mobile Recorder:

        There are a lot of very significant flaws with this thing. Integration software does not work properly. Too many limitations in number of files available for recording as well as inability to move files. In short, it is severely malfunctioning to the point where I am afraid to use it at all for fear of losing all data. And I can not transfer the data to computer for back-up because of faulty software. It is now a paper weight. And the sound quality was never that great to begin with. The mic that comes with the unit is of poor quality. You can do much better for much less. I will never buy anything from Korg again.

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        3.0

        Great if you have limited requirements

        Comments about Korg MR-1 Mobile Recorder:

        This is good recorder, and easy to use, but after a very short time, it's numerous and significant faults become obvious. First you cannot choose an order for the songs, except by renaming with a number. you can't just move the files, and when you rename using and actual name, them the unit moves them arbitrarily. This is little more than a nuisance, though it would be nice to be able to group songs how I want to. There is a play list, and you can move files around in any order there, but there is only one, even though the manual says you can store up to 100- not true.My biggest complaint is that you can only have 200 files for any given recording format (of which there are four). If you are recording entire performances on high-fi it's not going to be a problem, which is what they told me. Well we don't all want to use it for the same thing. I am using it to record original songs and bits of songs, as well as multiple takes of each during rehearsal. Using separate files allows me to name each one so I can find it quickly when going over it. This is the entire reason I bought this thing. But even if you want to put multiple songs on one file, you can't do it unless you record them at the same time or push pause between recordings. Every time you push record/play a new file is recorded, and when you push stop, or the unit powers off automatically, the file can not be added to. So if you have a bunch of 3 to 5 minute songs you will end up with 10 gigabytes, or 15 hours of recording space that you can't use. You'll have to start deleting files to keep recording in the same format. So I find myself asking 'why did I buy this thing?' Also, when I went to plug it in to my computer the software which is supposed to automatically upload itself onto the hard drive did not. I am still waiting for a response about tech support for that, but I am not overwhelmed with confidence. My previous inquiry, while the response was timely and by an individual who actually spoke and understood english, (a nice touch, nothing like microsoft) wasn't actually very helpful. His answers were; "well most people don't use it like that" and "that's actually a misprint, it doesn't really do that" (refering to the claim that it stores 100 play lists) were not exceedingly helpful.

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