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Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder

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The PCM-D50 is a 96 kHz/24-bit recorder fitted with two-position (X-Y or Wide) stereo microphones, 4 GB of internal flash memory, and a Memory Stick ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Linear PCM recorder with studio-quality sound and versatile stereo recording.

The PCM-D50 is a 96 kHz/24-bit recorder fitted with two-position (X-Y or Wide) stereo microphones, 4 GB of internal flash memory, and a Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo slot for additional storage. The body of the D50 is constructed of lightweight aluminum and it is built rugged to withstand the demands of pro applications, plus it offers long battery life using conventional AA alkaline batteries. The recorder includes a USB high-speed port for simple uploading/downloading its native .WAV format files to and from Windows PC or Macintosh computers. Other unique PCM-D50 features include digital pitch control, dual digital limiter (inherited from the PCM-D1), low-cut filter, Super Bit Mapping, A-B repeat, and MP3 playback capability. To complement the D50 recorder, new optional accessories include a remote commander, tripod stand, and microphone windscreen.

Built-in Electret Condenser Microphones
The PCM-D50's electret condenser microphones have exceptionally high sound quality and offer a selection of 2 operating positions, X-Y and Wide Stereo. X-Y covers a wide sound range with good depth, perspective and a natural sounding stereo image; or alternatively, a wide stereo position offering a wider spread stereo image.

Superior Audio Signal Path
The PCM-D50 is designed with four separate circuit boards to separate analog audio, digital audio, digital recording, and power supply circuits. Separate circuit boards for each function helps minimize noise.

Simple Uploading to Computer
The PCM-D50 conforms to the USB 2.0 Mass Storage Class Device standard and this recorder's native recording file format is .WAV. This means recordings can be rapidly uploaded to a computer and used in conjunction with most common audio production software.

Versatile Recording Functions
The PCM-D50 offers comprehensive signal processing features for location recording including a unique dual digital limiter function (inherited from the PCM-D1 recorder), a high pass filter with selectable frequencies (150 Hz or 75 Hz) and SBM (Super Bit Mapping) noise shaping. In addition, the PCM-D50 includes a 5 second pre-record buffer with an A-B repeat playback function.

FEATURES
Portable and rugged 96kHz and 24-bit recorder
LCD digital peak bargraph metering--along with dedicated nominal and peak level LEDs
Offers solid-state storage, free of drive mechanisms
Built-in high-quality electret condenser stereo microphones
Dual A/D digital limiter and low cut filter
MP3 playback and digital pitch control
Includes Sound Forge audio studio LE software CDROM
SPECIFICATIONS
Built-in Microphones
Electret Condenser microphones. High sensitivity -35.0dB/Pa 1kHz (typical); Maximum input level 120dB SPL; Self-noise level 20.0dB SPL (A)

Recording Media
Built-in flash memory 4GB, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo (Not Supplied), Stereo Recording. The PCM-D50 is compatible with Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo MS-EX4G (4GB), MS-EX2G (2GB), and MS-EX1G (1GB); and Memory Stick Pro Duo (High Speed) MSX-M2GNU (2GB) and MSXM1GNU (1GB)

Sample Rates
22.05kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz

Quantization
16-bit linear, 24-bit linear

Recording File Format
Linear PCM Stereo .WAV

MP3 Playback
Compatible bit rates and sampling frequencies:
MPEG Version 1 Layer 3: 32, 44.1, 48kHz with 32 to 320 kbps (VBR)
MPEG Version 2 Layer 3: 16, 22.05, 24 kHz with 32 to 160 kbps (VBR)

Maximum Record Time using Internal 4 GB Flash Memory
22 kHz 16-bit Recording Mode: 12 hours and 55 minutes
44.1 kHz 16-bit Recording Mode: 6 hours and 25 minutes
44.1 kHz 24-bit Recording Mode: 4 hours and 15 minutes
48 kHz 16-bit Recording Mode: 5 hours and 55 minutes
48 kHz 24-bit Recording Mode: 3 hours and 55 minutes
96 kHz 16-bit Recording Mode: 2 hours and 55 minutes
96 kHz 24-bit Recording Mode: 1 hour and 55 minutes

Frequency Response (Line Input to Line Output)
For Fs = 22.05 kHz: Frequency Response = 20 Hz to 10 kHz
For Fs = 44.1 kHz: Frequency Response = 20 Hz to 20 kHz
For Fs = 48 kHz: Frequency Response = 20 Hz to 22 kHz
For Fs = 96 kHz: Frequency Response = 20 to 40 kHz

Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Line Input to Line Output)
93 dB or greater (1 kHz IHF-A) when set to 24-bit

Total Harmonic Distortion (Line Input to Line Output)
0.01% or below (1 kHz, 22 kHz LPF)

Wow and Flutter
Below measureable limit (less than +/-0.001% W. Peak)

Microphone Input (stereo mini jack)
Input impedance: 22k, rated input level: 2.5mV, minimum input level: 0.7mV. Supports external mic plug-in power

Headphone output (stereo mini jack)
Rated output level: 400 mV, maximum output level: 25 mW +25 mW or more, load impedance: 16 ohms

Line Input (OPT)
Analog input - Input impedance: 40k ohms, rated input level: 2.0V
Minimum input level: 450 mV
Optical Digital Input - Input level: -24.5 dBm to -14.5 dBm, Absorption wavelength: 630 nm to 690 nm

Line Output (OPT)
Analog output - Output impedance: 220 ohms, rated output level: 1.7V, load impedance: 22k ohms
Digital optical output - Output level -21 dBm to -15 dBm, Emission wavelength: 630 nm to 690 nm

USB
Hi-speed USB, mass storage class

Power Requirements
DC IN 6V, Four AA (LR6) alkaline batteries (supplied), Four nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries NH-AA (not supplied)

Power Consumption
0.75W

Dimensions
2-7/8" x 6-1/8" x 1-5/16" (w x h x d) not including projecting parts and controls

Includes: Sound Forge audio studio LE software CDROM, AC power adapter (6V) model AC-ES608K, USB cable, 4 x Alkaline batteries (AA size), Operating Instructions

Mass
12.88 oz (including batteries)
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SonyPCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder
 
5.0

(based on 27 reviews)

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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Outstanding Recorder

By Noisefree-dD.wF

from Naples, FL

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Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

I have never had an instrument of any kind that I could trust to always function correctly, until I purchased the SONY D-50. Fortunately, I bought it several years ago when it first was released, and got the Audio Studio 10 software as a bonus.

My profession is safety and noise control engineering. Recently, I visited a site of a new athletic center with a noisy cooling tower installation that has the neighbors "up in arms" and is threatening a shutdown of the building. The information I gathered was to be shared by many people throughout the country. My report had to be proffered by the end of the day.

Sound level readings, including 1/3 octave analysis, were incorporated into the report along with spot recordings made with the D-50 and saved as MP3 clips. The entire package, e-mailed to the assembly, painted a compelling picture. The D-50 paid for itself on that one job (and it cost a lot less than the Type I SLM).

The SONY unit is extremely durable (I've already dropped it several times without incident) and "battery friendly." I always use lithium batteries, because I want it to be ready to go at a moment's notice.

The only thing I would like to see, when using the D-50 to record my own music, is the ability to overlay tracks, like the Korg unit does. I was ready to also purchase the Korg - until I saw that it didn't have USB output.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top notch recorder

By Troy Albritton

from Lousiana

Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

This is one fantastic recorder. While is has quality buit-in mics, the machine is ultra-sensitive to touch while recording. I mean that the machine picks up extraneous noise caused by being handled during recording so make sure you set the machine for no-touch during recording and you'll love it. If you add a high quality mic, you'll achieve even greater results. The manual is clear and easy to understand. I am TOTALLY enamored with this recorder and am still discovering its possibilities.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent recorder

By River View Music

from New York

Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

I am far from being tech savy, I tried the Zoom H4N and returned it. I was a little skeptical of upping the price point but decided to try the Sony PCM-D50. It only took a short while to figure it out, test a song recording and transfer to my computer. I am definitlely hooked! What an amazing sound and ease of use I will definitely get a lot of use from this one!!

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For Discerning Musicians only

By Jazzman-fQj2W

from New York City

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Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

Don't buy this recorder if you play loud amplified, distorted music--you won't notice a difference compared to all the cheap recorders. I've used this for 8 months playing jazz (much of it acoustic) and never had results like this before. It rivals my DAT but has better limiters and super clean pre-amps. It hasn't gone down in price in 2 years where all the others keep falling.(hint) The built in mics are very good. Put a better mic in and your results improve but has to be fairly expensive mic. As with all Sony stuff, memory stick but they are cheap nowadays. Good luck.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great All-Around Recorder

By Donna J. Lambert

from Defiance, Ohio

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Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

I got this recorder three days ago and found it to be a very durable, capable machine. It is exactly what so many people have been raving about, although it is a bit pricey. I'm sure I'll get my money's worth out of it, since it works well as a field recorder or hooked up to a sound system or keyboard. It works well doing everything, and I haven't even done all that much with it yet. I will probably use the recorder with my digital keyboards and a mixer. It's a little larger than a lot of digital recorders, but it is very rugged, which is good for taking on the road. If you think you'll do a lot of serious recording, you won't go wrong with this machine.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

High Quality, Low Price

By Rythm Section

from Champaign Illinois

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Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

I play accoustic guitar in a country rock group. We use this to record our live gigs. You will not believe the sound quality of the recording. I plug it straight into the PA, and all I need to adjust is the recording level. I have also used the built in mics for recording some accoustic songs in my living room, and the quality is fantastic. I can not speak highly enough of this product.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE RIGHT PURCHASE

By Artgtr

from Wurtsboro, NY

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Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

Well I'm back after owning this unit for close to a year - I still swear by it. Works great no issues and I would buy it again. That is not something I would say usually.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This thing is unreal.

By Loopio

from Tucson, AZ

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Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

This is really great piece of equipment. I love the quality of the recorded sound. The little mic?s are so sensitive ? one has to be careful with the levels. You might hear your neighbors doing things?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing clarity, wonderfully compact

By David

from undisclosed

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Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

First, I am not a technophile, so this was a gamble. Fact is, it is a breeze to record with, both using the on board mics, and with a stereo line out from my board. The sound is flawless, as long as the performance follows suit. With a bit of struggle,(again, not a techie) the included software, (sound forge) enables you to do quite a bit to polish, then burn your resulting tracks. I carry this little gem in an old mic bag. There's no excuse not to have it when you gig, it's so easy to carry, set up and use. If this kind of thing is what you need, then I think this is a great choice.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very useful device for sound artists.

By Devon-5U5I2

from Albuquerque, NM

Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

I chose the Sony PCM D50 primarily to gather sound samples for my electronic music compositions. It was easy to use out of the box (batteries included!) and you can start recording within a few minutes. It is a little larger than similar products, but this unit is clearly made with durable, professional-grade materials. Nothing feels flimsy or weak, and the recording level knob is particularly nice. The built-in mics have surprisingly good sound quality. So far I have recorded a rushing river, some talking, my cat purring, and a few drums -- all of the recordings have accurate sound with nice bass and a clear high end. The digital limiter does a good job of controlling unexpected loudness. One drawback is that the mics seem to pick up a lot of wind, hence the available windscreen from Sony. I had no problem transferring the recordings onto my computer and then into editing software (ProTools). Overall I am very happy with this product and will use it all the time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome... Just awesome

By Skibob

from Wausau WI

Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

I got this to record my bands gigs and practices. We are a punkish-rock band so I wasn't sure how it would handle higher SPL stuff since most of the reviews seem to be acoustic/country type stuff, but it works like a champ. The case, buttons and switches all seem to be very heavy duty and the mics sound great on everything from loud band gigs to quiet acoustic guitar. I can get a 4 hour show on the built in memory at 48kHz/24 bit and have plenty of time to spare.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

acoustic

By T Bone-yC.n5

from Western Virginia

Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

I play old time music, and have used my new Sony recorder at festivals, jams and practice sessions. It has amazingly excellent sound, so don't sniff or pass wind. The file system is not entirely intuitive, and the music editor that comes with it isn't that great, but the recoder is excellent. If size is an issue: it is on the biggish size (but still microscopic compared to my old Marantz field recorder), and a bit hefty. But, I'd but it again. It really does make excellent and true recordings. You don't even need the direction book to get started.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best device I ever bought

By Slidepinky

from Bayonne NJ

Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

AS soon as I got it was put on a live gig in a small bar, no one can believe the quality, instead of paying for studio time buy this puppy and that is all you will need. I also use it for downloading from IPODS , downloads through Windows Media player which can be paused while listening, and I record our tunes with Audacity save them as a WAVE file and then drag them into ITUNES to createa CD. Here is my suggestion in recording a live band situation, I place it on a tripod directly in front of the band with the Mics turned out facing the PA the drums are in the middle and setting the recording volume on 2-3 level,the manual is vey simple to understand, the only drawback is the diplay is small and I do carry a small flashlight to read it in clubs. You also get a free pair of Sony headphones with your purchase, My band Mudbelly uses it to record our rehersals and I burn them to cd and send it out the next day, so any new material is captured for future reference, so each rehersal becomes a active recording session ...very good tool, don't hesitate get it now!!!!!!!!!

 
5.0

Love this little guy

By Arrowman

from Chicago

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Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

My folk rock band uses the D50 to record our practices and shows with the built-in mics. So far, we've been very impressed with the sound quality. Burning to CD is as simple as click and dragging files onto my computer, then pressing burn. I find it easy to use, although I wish the manaul had more basic info on the limiter and attenuator for people like me who don't know too much going in. This is the kind of all-in-one recorder I've been looking for. Very happy with my purchase.

 
5.0

Wow!

By Tom

from Middle Georgia

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Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

This really is an incredible recorder and so EASY to use! Will try to keep this short and to the point. The D-50 is totally capable of studio quality recording as long as the performance is there and the environment is quiet(the mics are uber-sensitive and pick up EVERYTHING). The hidden gem here is the included Sony Sound Forge software. It includes everything needed to spruce up a raw live recording. From noise reduction, volume normalization, reverbs, delays, noise gates, normal AND graphic eq, and more! Everything about the PCM D-50 is no-brainer easy and the recording quality is top notch.

 
4.0

No time for the wrong Recorder

By Artgtr

from Wurtsboro, NY

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Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

I just got this recorder, first off I didn't have time to buy the wrong one, I followed the reviews right here and am satisfied that I purchased the right unit. It is a solid, does what it is suppose to do unit, Contains 4 - AA batteries, that is good and is the only unit that you can purchase a wired remote for that I found. I swear by the reviews, and if it hadn't been for them I don't think i would have been as confident as I was for this purchase. I didn't have the time/money to waste on a unit that wouldn't do what I needed done. enough said,.

 
5.0

Better Sound Quality Than Expected

By Rhythm N Booze

from Dirty South

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Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

I have had this recorder for about ten months and it really works great. I bring it to gigs and either give it to the sound guy or I will place it somewhere around the middle of the stage pointed towards a monitor. If its on stage I just hit the divide button in between songs and then at the end of the night I load them on my computer and all the songs are already split so then I can give the other guys in the band a copy. It sounds really good and picks up bass very well but beware because it picks up wind as well. The 4 gig internal memory seems to be more than enough for 4 hours worth of recording

 
5.0

Great little box

By Mike5853

from Trenton, New Jersey

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Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

The quality of this recorder is excellent. I was impressed as I played back the piano I recorded, nothing less then outstanding. Over all sound reproduction is clean and articulation is very good. Well worth the price tag.

 
5.0

Great for choral recordings!

By Noisefree-dD.wF

from Naples, FL

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Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

This light and compact unit provides excellent clarity for choral recordings. The .WAV format and provided Sound Forge software allow us to make practice CDs or e-mail song files to choir members the same day. A wireless controller would be a great addition, but we have been waiting months just to purchase a wired remote.I intend to try it for direct recording off a digital piano to cut a CD in the next month.

 
5.0

Easy to use, great features, Sony quality

By potterbassist

from San Diego

Comments about Sony PCM-D50 Portable Linear PCM Digital Recorder:

Got it to record: a) ideas at home, b) practice with 2 bands I'm in, and c) shows to see how we sound live. This thing works great for all three. The internal mics are great, but very sensitive to wind/breath and unit movement. Also, with the right cable you can get a soundboard feed, or plug in a stereo external mic. Big, easy to use record/gain dial, even a bass player like me can use this thing and get great results. I love it.

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