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Alesis ProTrack Stereo Digital Recorder for iPod
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With the Alesis ProTrack Stereo Digital Recorder you can capture live audio anywhere and anytime with the convenience of your iPod (Classic and 5th g...Click To Read More About This Product
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Record direct to iPod with no additional equipment.
With the Alesis ProTrack Stereo Digital Recorder you can capture live audio anywhere and anytime with the convenience of your iPod (Classic and 5th generation) and iPod nano (2nd or 3rd generation). Just slide your iPod into the recorder's integrated sled and you're ready to roll.
You can record audio without additional equipment using the built-in pair of condenser microphones fixed in XY configuration. ProTrack also gives you a pair of XLR inputs and one 1/4" line input so you can connect any professional sound source including external microphones. When running on plug-in power using the included AC adapter, ProTrack supplies 48V phantom power.
Its exterior contains a Universal Dock for iPod, LED signal indicators, and controls for 48V phantom power, limiter, and volume. the Alesis ProTrack gives you up to 2-1/2 hours of operation on 4 AAA batteries, or it can run on AC power using the included adapter. A threaded mount allows you mount it on a tripod for tabletop use.
The ProTrack iPod Recorder is the easiest way to capture sound effects, recitals, jam sessions, speeches, interviews, rehearsals, performances, meetings, lectures, notes-to-self, and anything else you can thing of... directly to your iPod!
- Sleek industrial design incorporates iPod
- Integrated recording to iPod (Classic and 5th generation) and iPod nano (2nd or 3rd generation)
- Pro-grade connections: 2 combo XLR - 1/4" inputs, 1/8" stereo output
- Supplies 48V phantom power to inputs when wall-powered
- Records 16-Bit, 44.1kHz or 22kHz stereo
- 2 built-in condenser microphones for detailed recording
- Built-in microphones in XY configuration for optimum stereo image
- Switchable limiter ensures overload-free recordings even in unpredictable aural situations
- AC power adapter included
- 4 AAA batteries provide 2.5 hours of operation
- Tripod stand mount for placing into ideal recording conditions
Reviewed by 5 customers
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I purchased the Alesis ProTrack 2 weeks ago for an upcoming video production assignment. I have worked with field recorders in the past, and contemplated a few that are on Musician's Friend, but settled on the Alesis after seeing what it was capable of doing, and that it recorded directly to my iPod. When the ProTrack arrived I began testing and found that the sound quality was very good. There was no noise in my audio files (they do warn you not to charge your iPod while recording because you will get some noise), and it couldn't be easier to use. The dual xlr inputs really puts this recorder into a class of it's own. Alesis has developed a protective cover for your iPod to help prevent scratches and dings that may occur. The only downfall I could find is even though they use a file naming system based on date/time, being able to insert a marker on the fly would be a great feature... not sure that's something that is possible, but it's really the only thing I could think of that I would improve, and something that would really only apply to video production use. Great job!
This thing is perfect for saving ideas and recording all of my shows so I can listen to them later and see what sounded good and what mistakes we all made and make improvements- something every good musician/band should do! If you have an ipod classice, GET THIS. When you can use 160gig memory and get really good quality sound just from the built in mics, man, wow! I am an idiot when it comes to technology, and I can use this thing. FOR THE MONEY, how could anyone complain? I could hook up external condensers-cheap ones- and use this with audacity software and presto- instant multitrack studio! If you want less memory, but "perfect" sound, I guess go for the sony for a lot more cash. But if you already have an ipod that works with this, this is a no-brainer!
The concept is great & Alesis hit a home run with this. The on board condensor mics sound really good, I was skeptical of them at first but they sound great! I recorded one full night with the on board mics and another night with phantom powered condensors. The recordings came out great, transferred them to iTunes and then burned CD's. Very versatile unit, looks great. The only thing I could see better on this unit would be "detented" gain controls so you can better lock & balance the gain on both inputs. Just plain awesome, with a 160 gig iPOD, you have TONS of recording time - no flash cards that fill up quickly. Thanks Alesis!!!
First off, I should say that I had high expectations that were probably unreasonable for an ipod recorder for this price, but I really like the concept of this. The first disappointment was that the built in mics were practically inaudible with the gain set to where there wasn't noticable hissing noise, or so noisy with sufficent gain as to be almost useless. It did sound better with a phantom powered condenser(shure ksm27), but that was kinda defeating the camping portabilty goals I had. Once you've got a mic, a cord, a stand, and headphones etc, you may as well have a laptop and a buspowered small interface. Another goal I had for this was to use it as a scratch vocal tool, i.e. sending some instrumental music into one input from another ipod or whatever, and a mic into the other. No panning makes track isolation impossible. The gain controls have no feel, no indents, and probably a 3 degree window which is usable. Matching them is difficult. I got this for the extra inputs, and phantom power, but lugging around all that gear to capture decent at best audio seems pointless now. I'd recommend trying the blue mikey cuz its cheaper, simpler, ipod powered, and small. This thing is larger than you'd think and just feels like kinda chinzty plastic. Plus I burned through a set of batteries pretty quickly too just powering the phantom power for one mic with the headphones disconnected and volume minimized. No speaker makes headphones necessary just to check the gain levels. All in all, I hope something comes along to make portable music capture simple with decent quality, but this wasn't the solution for me.
I recently purchased the Alesis Protrack from Musician's Friend, and this has been perhaps the first occasion that UPS actually made the delivery on time. It has performed its job with absolute grace. Like anything, you simply have to learn how to use it, which is easier than 3rd grade arithmatics. Watch the online video about it, and I stand to second everything it says. Why get anything with some crappy SD card, when you can have the storage capacity of the hard drive in your Ipod? This isn't recording studio quality, but it's damn near close.