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A pocket sized stereo recorder with great sound and powerful features.
The Yamaha POCKETRAK CX may be just what you're looking for, if your recording needs demand the best possible sonic quality as well as unprecedented portability and convenience. POCKETRAK CX is a pocket-sized recorder that will record or play for 50 hours on a single AA penlight battery. The Yamaha POCKETRAK CX delivers a level of sound quality that you can take to serious post production if necessary (Steinberg® Cubase AI4 audio workstation software is supplied). The built-in X-Y stereo microphone assembly is of outstanding quality, offering detailed spatial imaging without phase problems. The POCKETRAK CX is an ideal recorder for band rehearsals, live performances, and any type of field recording that requires maximum reproduction quality.
The Yamaha POCKETRAK CX is a 92-gram all-in-one recorder that slips an incredible amount of recording power into your shirt pocket. The high-sensitivity, 90-degree X-Y microphone on the POCKETRAK CX results in natural stereo recordings. The Yamaha recorder's micro SD card storage and USB capability ensure you have all the storage and connectivity you need.
The rechargeable "eneloop" AA battery built into the Yamaha POCKETRAK CX recorder's compact body allows up to 40 hours of continuous recording and playback operation. A variety of different recording formats from 16 bit 44.1 CD quality .wav files to convenient MP3 allows you to select a recording format to suit your purposes. The POCKETRAK CX comes bundled with Yamaha-exclusive Cubase AI4 software.
If your recording needs demand the best possible sonic quality as well as unprecedented portability and convenience, the Yamaha POCKETRAK CX may be just what you're looking for. This 92-gram all-in-one recorder will record or play for 50 hours on a single AA penlight battery, and deliver a level of sound quality that you can take to serious post production if necessary (Steinberg® Cubase AI4 audio workstation software is supplied). The built-in X-Y stereo microphone assembly is of outstanding quality, offering detailed spatial imaging without phase problems. The POCKETRAK CX is an ideal recorder for band rehearsals, live performances, and any type of field recording that requires maximum reproduction quality.
Extended recording and playback time
Advanced LSI technology that achieves top-class sonic quality as well as low power consumption means you get unprecedented extended recording and playback performance in a compact package that weights only 92 grams, including battery. Using the most accurate linear PCM recording mode you can record continuously for up 22 hours on a single battery charge. If stereo MP3 recording suits your needs you can record for up to 50 hours.* The corresponding continuous playback times are 22 hours, and 54 hours, respectively. The POCKETRAK CX cones with an environment-friendly rechargeable Eneloop battery that is charged automatically whenever the unit is connected to your computer via the supplied USB cable.
High capacity micro SD memory cards
The POCKETRAK CX stores audio data on a convenient microSD memory card that contributes both to high storage capacity and the unit's compact, lightweight form. A 2GB microSD card is supplied, and with it you can record up to 3 hours of top-quality audio in 44.1kHz linear PCM format, or up to 35 hours of stereo MP3 audio at 128 kbps. The POCKETRAK CX complies with the standard microSD cards specifications, so you can use compatible cards with higher capacity for extra audio capacity if needed.
Top-quality x-y stereo microphone
The built-in X-Y stereo microphone assembly include 2 directional microphones mounted at a 90° angle to each other. While providing extremely wide coverage this system delivers astonishingly natural stereo imaging with smooth, uniform response from full left to full right, without the level variations and phase anomalies that plague common stereo microphones. The microphones themselves are constructed of parts and materials that were carefully selected to deliver optimal recording precision and clarity without compromise. To further maximize the microphone assembly's performance it is mounted outside the POCKETRACK CX casing in a solid shock-resistant die-cast aluminum frame.
The POCKETRAK CX is capable of recording in uncompressed linear PCM (WAV) format as well as compressed MP3 format. 2 linear PCM modes are provided, corresponding to audio CD and DVD quality sound. MP3 recorded is the best choice for extended recording times, but at the best quality setting (44.1kHz, 320 kbps) delivers outstanding sound quality with full frequency response up to 20,000Hz.
A pocketful of advanced functions
•Wolfson stereo CODEC chip for low power consumption and outstanding audio quality.
•Fine manual record input level adjustment in 80 increments.
•High-pass filter automatically reduces wind noise and low-frequency rumble.
•Auto level control function for optimum speech recording quality.
•Peak limiter prevents overload and distortion on sudden high-level transients.
•VARS function automatically starts recording when a specified input signal level is detected.
•Divide recorded audio files at any specified point.
•Apply fade-ins and fade-outs to recorded linear PCM files.
•"Recycle Bin" folder makes it possible to retrieve deleted files.
•High output built-in speaker allows instant review of recorded material.
•MP3 file playback speed can be varied without changing pitch (70%, 100%, and 150%).
•One-touch Phrase Play function rewinds and replays a specified number of seconds.
•5-band equalizer makes it possible to tailor the playback sound for optimum response.
More than just a recorder
Connected to your computer via the supplied USB cable the POCKTRACK CX is recognized as an external USB drive, allowing you to easily transfer audio files to your computer. You can also transfer audio files from your computer to the POCKETRAK CX for playback: it makes a great music player that can handle MP3 and WMA. And the supplied Cubase AI4 audio workstation software gives you advanced editing and overdubbing capabilities for files that you've recorded on the POCKETRAK CX and transferred to your computer.
Everything you need
A photo-tripod compatible screw socket is provided on the rear of the unit, and a microphone stand adapter is supplied so it can be conveniently mounted on a variety of supports. The POCKETRAK CX is also supplied with slip-on windscreen that effectively cuts wind noise when recording outdoors.
The POCKETRAK CX comes supplied with:
•AA Eneloop Battery
•Microphone Stand Adaptor
•microSD Memory Card (2 GB)
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Comments about Yamaha Pocketrak CX Pocket Recorder:
I have owned this product for about 2 days - until I decided to return it. One could say that this is a goood product due to its size and capabilities. For the size alone, maybe this product is for you. However, I bought this product with the understanding that this can record anything I want through a Mic and Line-In jack. I later found out the ugly truth about this product - You CANNOT record anything in uncompressed format (PCM 44.1 or 48) when you switch this device to record in Line-In mode. It will ONLY record in Mp3-192 kbps with no option to switch out of it. Initially it sounded strange to me, so I called Yamaha to confirm if this was a defect - and I was told this wasn't. If you go to the Yamaha website, you are not told about this at all in the specs. I wonder why. As a result to Yamaha's blunder, I put my money into the Roland Edirol R-09HR. I have yet to get it - but I have heard a lot of good things about the Edirol. Shame on Yamaha, they could have made this product worthwhile.
Comments about Yamaha Pocketrak CX Pocket Recorder:
I auditioned this unit in comparison to the $100 less expensive Yamaha 2G which is very similar but with lower quality mics built in. Both function very similarly. I found the sound quality for spoken word to be great, and for acoustic jamming, also quite fine. For recording a live band in a practice space (my intended use) I found the cheaper 2G to be a tad compressed and "washed out" sounding with a not very extended high end. The CX sounded clearer but with a reedy high end and poor bass response. Both models sounded FAR better when using a plug-in external stereo mic like a ATM-822. Lastly, the 2G plugs directly into your USB port without a cord. Convenient, but the design makes the USB port support the device, and it feels like it is putting strain on the port floating out of the side of your laptop 6". The CX uses a micro-USB cable to plug-in. I'm not sure this product is a great deal. I'd expect the mics to be better for the money, otherwise, you can just use the cheaper 2G model with a external mic and get better sound than the CX.