M-Audio's MicroTrack II ($499.95) handheld digital recorder builds on the legacy of the company's MicroTrack 24/96, offering an extended input gain range and built-in analog input limiter for capturing high-SPL sources without clipping. It also offers a high-speed USB 2 connection for a faster file transfer rate, the ability to place markers in BWF files during recording and a user-created folder structure.
The MicroTrack II enables users to create multi-part WAV recordings beyond 2 GB in size. Users can also dim the backlight and let the recorder hibernate. A CompactFlash test ensures that the card can record at the desired settings.
Users can record WAV and MP3 files to CompactFlash cards or Microdrives through balanced line inputs or built-in microphone preamps, then drag and drop recordings to a computer. Preamps with full 48-volt phantom power work with condenser microphones to record up to 24-bit/96kHz.
The unit also has balanced ¼-inch TRS line inputs, S/PDIF input, 1/8-inch stereo headphone jack and RCA line outs.
The MicroTrack II includes a T-shaped stereo electret microphone, earbuds, 1/8-inch stereo extender cable, protective carrying case with mic pouch, power supply unit with USB connector, and cables. The unit is powered via a long-life lithium-ion battery that facilitates recording for approximately four to five hours on a single charge (or about three hours with phantom power engaged). Users can also employ third-party USB battery packs for additional hours of recording. To recharge the internal battery, connect the MicroTrack II to a PC or Mac via USB, or use the included power supply.