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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)
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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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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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Avoid this Recorder

By Fleck ther bassman

from Swan Lake NY

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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.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

out of date

By mitchell

from undisclosed

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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.

(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!!!!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not reliable

By Macstudios

from North Carolina

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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!

(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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Spend a little more money

By Laserfloyd

from Atlanta, GA

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

4 Channels

By Maxim

from Florida

Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

Bought it to analyze flute playing performance. Great recorder for the price. It does reproduce voice and music faithfully thanks to the great frequency response. To my surprise I found out that although not independently, it does record out of the 4 microphones in stereo at the same time as if it had 4 channels. I use it to keep the band music using the two mics to the rear and I play my flute thru the two built in mics. This capability of playing 4 channels at the same time is not fully documented.Great investment and it has helped me in my flute playing.

(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!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

This is junk.

By Charles Darwin

from New York City

Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

This device works very inconsistently and can not be relied on for any recording. I would have said cannot be relied on for "serious recording" but that should be assumed. This device simply can not be relied on for anything. You don't know when it is going to engage and work and when it is not going to engage. There's supposed to be a way to "pause" recordering but what it does is shut off the device. Because it is digital, this means you have to reboot which takes at least 12 or so seconds and by this time you have missed what you want to resume recordering. This is only one example of what's wrong with the device. It sometimes changes tracks on its on and you lose your place where you were recording. When you do get it to work, the play back volume is extremely low. You could not play it back to a group in a room because anyone more than five feet away wouldn't hear it, even if it you turn it all the way up to a setting on the device of "20." And after doing so, the device defaults to a lower volume setting of "16." You get higher volume with a microcasset recorder. I called their 800 number which in their booklet is labled "customer support." Far from it. When I said that I was having problems understanding the operation the person who answered kept on repeating to "read the instructions." I said I did, but it still seemingly did not always work. He said they were not there to teach how to operate the thing but only to "troubleshoot problems." He said they didn't have time to help with the operation, "only troubleshoot!" I said I was indeed having such problems but he kept repeating to "read the instructions we only troubleshoot." The instruction booklet is very poor. It is full of typos, is not paginated but in many places refers to other pages by number and you don't know what the heck they are refering to. This is indeed junk. Do not buy it. It appears that this device is made in America. Figures! No wonder we're loosing the trade wars.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big Bang for the bucks!

By Bobecaster

from NJ

Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

I had an insanely tight budget. There was no device with acceptable recording characteristics even close to the Musicians Gear Hand-Held Stereo Digital Recorder at this price. So I took a chance. I have used it to capture 3 two hr. band practices. We use both amplified acoustic and electric guitars and basses. The frequency response is all there, it captures the subtle pings and harmonics as well as enough bottom rock the house. Vocals are clean and true. It's a little tricky to get the levels right but take your time set it up and you'll be happy. The soundfield will seem too "centered" until you get the mix of onboard and external mics set.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

didn't like it

By nbdeweese13

from Tennessee

Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

I bought this machine because, like most folks, I'm on a tight budget. I have owned two of these and I'm trading mine in for something else. I've read the other reviews and other people seemed to have good experiences with these things, but here was mine; the thing works good at first. But after a while of using this device, here's what happened: I would delete a track and the machine would lock up. I would have to pull the batteries out to turn it off. Then, when I would re-record on the empty deleted track, pieces of the new track would bleed over to the other tracks that I didn't want to delete. Sometimes it didn't even record at all. I would press the record button and the screen would say "full", after only three tracks that were a few minutes a piece. This was while I was using the on board hard drive; I never tried using a chip. Personally, I don't believe you should have to. It ought to do what the manufacturer says it will do. This piece of garbage was just a nightmare of a mess. The sound quality was good, though. I do need to say that even though this machine is no good, musician's friend's costumer service has been second to none in assisting me with solving this problem.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Really Not Very Good

By Shufflocity

from Pittsburgh PA

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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).

 
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

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      Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

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

       
      3.0

      Get something better

      By dman_chief

      from DC

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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.

         
        2.0

        not worth the trouble

        By Rodney-SNNm0

        from Tenn..

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        Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

        I received this recorder about 3 months ago. At first it was working fine. After about 4 uses it started locking up. It would record fine, levels seemed to be picking up normal. Then on playback, after 5 or 6 secs it would lock up. After finally taking the batteries out just to get it to shut off, it locked up agian. I tried different folders and different methods of recording, straight mic, open mic, PA, etc. nothing could make the unit work correctly. Very dissapointed in this product. Spend a little more and get a good quality recorder.

         
        3.0

        Keeps freezing up

        By dirtwaterdog

        from Poconos, PA

        Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

        I have tried this at 3 different gigs. The first time it worked fine. Since then, I have not been able to record right. Also, when I delete a track, it stays on delete and never goes to 0. I have to take the batteries out or disconnect from USB.I am giving it one more shot by checking line in sources and guitar to see if its worth keeping. Good tool for the price if it works.

         
        2.0

        Great unit when it works

        By Bruce-PZwM_

        from Alton, IL

        Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

        I had been using the unit for about four months now for producing a weekly podcast. It first would give me a corrupt file. But I was able to play the file in real time and record it to my laptop through the line out. This happened once or twice. Then last week I had a corrupt file and it played back only the first few minutes and then other tracks would play within the same track. Now I can't record anything. Disk Properties say the disk is 98% full when connected to a Windows Vista machine, but there are no files to delete.

         
        5.0

        Killer Digital Recorder!

        By RTaylorDen

        from Denver CO

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        Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

        The Pocket Record by American Audio (here sold under their own Musician's Gear name) is more bang for the buck than you might expect. It does ALL the stuff the more expensive stereo recorders do but costs LESS. It's identical to the Dynasonics unit except in color. The pictures of that unit are exactly like this one, just silver. The tech specs are flawless. I've now recorded about 7 hours of live jams and some personal stuff. It ran 4-1/2 HOURS at a jam on just two penlights and still wasn't giving me a low warning. Plug it into the computer and it instantly comes up as another drive ... actually TWO, if you have an SD card in it. After all this recording at 44.1 MP3 quality I found that it takes about "a Meg a minute" to store clean digital stereo. That means: 1) the built in 128 meg Flash memory holds more than TWO hours of CD quality sound! 2) each Gig in a SD chip holds more than EIGHT hours, so ONE 4-gig chip holds more than THIRTY hours! 3) you can buy 4-gig chips the Internet, so 4) who NEEDS an iPod for HUNDREDS of dollars more?Bottom line: I've already sold two more of these to my music buddies, so I think maybe these guys owe me a commission!

         
        4.0

        great for line-level recordings, not much else

        By BJ-2Gkua

        from PA

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        Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

        I've owned this unit for several months. It works well as a utility recorder, recording gigs by tapping off a stage mixer. I connect the stereo tape-out of the mixer to the 1/4" inputs on this and get a recording of the whole show on mp3 on the SD card. I avoid USB; instead plug the SD card into my laptop, and either share with the band or extract demo tracks (using audacity). It also takes rechargeable batteries, which is great.The onboard mics are OK for recording speech, not great for music. Plugging in (my own) external mics produces some hum in the recording, so I don't do much of that either. These limitations, together with the cheap construction and rudimentary file system and user menus make it less versatile than advertised, but for my purposes it is fine.

         
        4.0

        Good recorder with some flaws

        By Wschart

        from Columbia, MO

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        Comments about American Audio Pocket Record SD Digital Recorder:

        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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