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The Gemini iKEY Portable USB recording device was designed to change the way you transfer live music or any other analog audio source to your hard dr...Click To Read More About This Product

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Record live to your iPod or any other USB device!

The Gemini iKEY Portable USB recording device was designed to change the way you transfer live music or any other analog audio source to your hard drive. The iKEY is capable of capturing an audio signal, converting it to MP3 or WAV format, and writing it directly to a USB compatible storage device, including the Apple iPod - all in real time.

To use the iKEY, just connect a cable from your headphone jack or any other output source to the gold-plated RCA inputs, connect to any USB-equipped computer, flash drive, or storage device, select the desired digital audio format, and hit record - it's that simple.

The iKEY lets you select the MP3 audio format you want: 128, 160, or 256kbps bit rate, or the lossless WAV format. This is the first time that a portable device allows you to do this without extra hardware and software, and the iKey does it all at a stunning low price!

FEATURES
  • USB Port (For direct connectivity to supported
  • USB Storage Device)
  • Compatible with USB 2.0/1.1/1.0 devices
  • Records audio to uncompressed WAV format or
  • MP3 format (w/ selectable bit rate, up to 256kbps)
  • Gold-plated RCA inputs
  • LED Indicator shows memory remaining on target drive
  • Battery powered with low battery indicator
  • DC charger input for use with rechargeable batteries (Requires 4 AA batteries, not included)
  • Level clip indicator
  • Record volume control
  • Reset button
  • AC adapter included

The iKey opens the door to hassle-free real-time USB recording! Order yours today!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Sampling rate: 44.1kHz, 16 bit
  • Dynamic range: 98dB
  • THD + N: -91dB
  • Unit Dimensions: 5-2/5"W x 1-1/10 "D x 3-3/10"H
  • Weight: Approx. 2lbs.
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
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3.4

(based on 10 reviews)

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Awesome, once you get used to it!

The iKEY is really a fantastic product, once you get used to the way it works...Sure, I'll agree, it might be a little unconventional at first, but a brief look at...Read complete review

The iKEY is really a fantastic product, once you get used to the way it works...Sure, I'll agree, it might be a little unconventional at first, but a brief look at the Quick Start instructions, and you'll be on your way in no time at all. The manual itself is as concise as it can be, as this little unit packs a lot of functionality into one box! All kidding aside, the guy who was sore because he didn't understand the manual should learn how to read, because operating this thing is chimp-simple, once you're acquainted with it.As far as the sound quality goes, I will add that the WAV recording yields the absolute highest quality, and that I rarely record as MP3 - I can always convert it to MP3 when I edit it on my PC, which gives me the best of both worlds - a high quality recording, and the ability to compress it if I want to distribute it online. Being that this is the first iKEY product ever, I only expect to see good things in the future from iKEYaudio.If I could sum it up in two words... I would call the iKEY a 'Giant Killer', because it does the same thing as other products costing 3-4 times as much, and the tradeoff that one might experience is really negligable, when you consider the price and the value of the product you're getting.

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Does not work with all USB storage as advertised

It's possible I will be happier with this product once I find a suitable USB storage medium. The box says it works with a "USB compatible flash drive, hard drive, or MP3...Read complete review

It's possible I will be happier with this product once I find a suitable USB storage medium. The box says it works with a "USB compatible flash drive, hard drive, or MP3 Player . . . ."I am a part-time professional musician, so I'm not interested in digitally compressing my audio files. It follows, then, that I would be using a USB hard drive to store .wav files, since most affordable flash drives are not larger than 1GB these days, which is not enough to hold an average evening of performances or rehearsals.So, I tried TWO different USB hard drives, both brand new---the LaCie 50GB portable external USB hard drive, and a Memorex 5GB USB microdrive. I carefully followed the instructions, and the iKey will not recognize either drive. My computer recognizes and reads and writes to both drives without a problem.I checked the iKey manual, and, buried at the end in troubleshooting, it says to "[u]se a supported USB mass sotrage device that does not require proprietary driver software."There is no list provided of what USB devices are compatible with the iKey. Neither of my USB hard drive storage devices required installation of any software.I both called and wrote to customer support today. When I called, someone answered within a reasonable time, but did not have any information on what USB devices are compatible with the iKey. He said he would check with the tech guys in the back, and call me right back, to let me know what USB storage devices they are using, that work with the iKey. It could be that he will call back tomorrow and some kind of reasonable solution will be found. I suspect this unit may work fine with a flash memory. Or, there could be something wrong with my unit. Or, I could be doing something wrong, however I very carefully followed the directions, exactly as written, and I've used many computers and audio devices over many years.So, just watch for this problem. Also, the volume indicator only tells you whether you have no signal or are clipping, it's pretty spartan that way, but for the price I'd accept that, if the unit was able to write any data to the two storage devices that I've now purchased for that purpose.Good luck!

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2.0

Use a card reader. NOT a flash drive.

By Temple(aka DJ Polar Bear)

from Palmyra WI

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I updated the firmware. The noise gate is totally useless. It is unreliable using normal flash drives. It may pretend it's recording, but the file may or may not be there after your done. The good news is, I'm using it with a flash card reader with a smart media card and it is rock solid. All other forms of thumb drives, etc will work 50% of the time, everytime. The fidelity is very good, but how hard is that? The batteries and charging system is goofy. I'd be chicken to trust it to run on batteries is a real important situation. I couldn't get this thing to run my 40GB ext hard drive. This thing needs to have a real company design one like it.

 
2.0

Good idea, needs work

By Pegdrums

from Buffalo, NY

I got this unit as a cost-effective solution for digital recording, much less than the M-Audio microtrack unit. The manual is very poorly written, probably a translation. The iKey seemed to work OK the first few times I used it, mainly for live gigs or rehearsals, but after that it would lock up on me for no reason. There was no correlation between recording times, format, or flash drive that I could figure out. I did the s/w update on the iKey site, but that still hasn't fixed the problem. (and the update instructions were very poor, as well). I hope they get the kinks worked out, because when I have gotten recordings they've been great. At this time, though, I'd have to say it still needs some work.

 
4.0

Handy gizmo

By Boris-.V9d_

from Huntington Beach, CA

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I bought one and recorded a show the same evening. I've been debating between this unit, a minidisc player (have owned several in the past), an Edirol R-1, or the 5th Gen iPod which has line in 16 bit recording capabilities, just no dock interface yet (as of this writing.) Anyway, for the money and convenience, I decided on the iKey. Essentially, I plugged a small inexpensive usb storage key into this unit and plugged the unit to the line outs on a mixer. You'll have to understand a few flashing lights as there is no screen to guide you. Got home, loaded the USB key into the computer and the files were there and dragged them off for editing. The build quality is a bit "consumer" level, but for what it is and the overall price and expandability (depending on the storage you use) it's a good tool for getting shows. Get a small preamp/mixer if you want to use it with mics.

 
5.0

Analog to Digital Solution

By music2000bg

from Los Angeles

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Works fine. Using hard drive recorder and PNY card reader/writer with 128MB SmartMedia card. Data stored in WAV format. Laptop accepted file and played it. My problems solved. Can't beat the price!!!

 
2.0

Does not work with all USB storage as advertised

By Rob Howe

from BETHESDA, MD

It's possible I will be happier with this product once I find a suitable USB storage medium. The box says it works with a "USB compatible flash drive, hard drive, or MP3 Player . . . ."I am a part-time professional musician, so I'm not interested in digitally compressing my audio files. It follows, then, that I would be using a USB hard drive to store .wav files, since most affordable flash drives are not larger than 1GB these days, which is not enough to hold an average evening of performances or rehearsals.So, I tried TWO different USB hard drives, both brand new---the LaCie 50GB portable external USB hard drive, and a Memorex 5GB USB microdrive. I carefully followed the instructions, and the iKey will not recognize either drive. My computer recognizes and reads and writes to both drives without a problem.I checked the iKey manual, and, buried at the end in troubleshooting, it says to "[u]se a supported USB mass sotrage device that does not require proprietary driver software."There is no list provided of what USB devices are compatible with the iKey. Neither of my USB hard drive storage devices required installation of any software.I both called and wrote to customer support today. When I called, someone answered within a reasonable time, but did not have any information on what USB devices are compatible with the iKey. He said he would check with the tech guys in the back, and call me right back, to let me know what USB storage devices they are using, that work with the iKey. It could be that he will call back tomorrow and some kind of reasonable solution will be found. I suspect this unit may work fine with a flash memory. Or, there could be something wrong with my unit. Or, I could be doing something wrong, however I very carefully followed the directions, exactly as written, and I've used many computers and audio devices over many years.So, just watch for this problem. Also, the volume indicator only tells you whether you have no signal or are clipping, it's pretty spartan that way, but for the price I'd accept that, if the unit was able to write any data to the two storage devices that I've now purchased for that purpose.Good luck!

 
3.0

Doesn't always work

By Glynrd

from Northern California

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When this product works it does all it says it will do. For me it has been inconsistent. When I first got it I set it up to work with my 60GB iPod. I got a few recordings done, then it didn't record. Then it did again. I contacted their tech support and they weren't very helpful. It's not so easy to tell what's going on with just the blinking lights system. For $150 it would be nice to have at least a level meter or some other visual cues. Some signals need to have a boost (run through a preamp or mixer) to get enough signal to record. I've only used it for .wav files and they seem to have good quality. That's probably highly dependent on the recording source.

 
3.0

Hype

By Ley

from Mississippi

The sound quality was disappointing for me. There isn't much difference in quality for the 128, 192, 256, and wav settings. They all have a humming sound in the background. There seems to be no metal in this box, and it feels like a plastic pencil holder. That being said i've only had it a week and it could last a lifetime, but who knows. Also, this is the only product of it's kind that I'm aware of so... If you want to stream to your ipod, your kinda out of options.

 
3.0

iKey needs work!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I love this unit but it has problems!Before the s/w update it would record only for short periods of time. After the s/w updated I could record and lenght of time but then it added some stupid noise gate! Anytime the recording gets quite and the red light comes on to indicate a low audio level that's when the noise gate comes in!I use it to record my band gigs and all the quite parts of songs or the endings all get cut off! Whay can't I control this or shut it off?I can't go back to the older s/w version either!Even when it wasn't using a noise gate there was noticeable humming noise in the recording, like a hard drive buzzing. Hopefully some future s/w updates will correct these problems! Also I have a wireless transmitter/receiver for my bass guitar and everytime the iKey is powered on or off it makes a extremely loud noise through my system!Keep it away from other electronics! It totally erased my ipod once!I love this unit but for now I will have to go back to recording onto a DAT recorder and then audio capturing with my computer again until they fix these issues!Phone them or email them??? They don't answer....

 
5.0

Awesome, once you get used to it!

By Dustin Fields

from Philadelphia, PA

The iKEY is really a fantastic product, once you get used to the way it works...Sure, I'll agree, it might be a little unconventional at first, but a brief look at the Quick Start instructions, and you'll be on your way in no time at all. The manual itself is as concise as it can be, as this little unit packs a lot of functionality into one box! All kidding aside, the guy who was sore because he didn't understand the manual should learn how to read, because operating this thing is chimp-simple, once you're acquainted with it.As far as the sound quality goes, I will add that the WAV recording yields the absolute highest quality, and that I rarely record as MP3 - I can always convert it to MP3 when I edit it on my PC, which gives me the best of both worlds - a high quality recording, and the ability to compress it if I want to distribute it online. Being that this is the first iKEY product ever, I only expect to see good things in the future from iKEYaudio.If I could sum it up in two words... I would call the iKEY a 'Giant Killer', because it does the same thing as other products costing 3-4 times as much, and the tradeoff that one might experience is really negligable, when you consider the price and the value of the product you're getting.

 
5.0

I love it!

By GuitarMonsterz

from Thorndale, PA

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The iKEY works great, the quality of the music is great and it is easy to use. I use my PNY's Attach 1G, 2G and a SanDisk 2G Micro Cruzer USB drives without any problem.

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