Marantz Professional introduces the PMD620 Handheld Digital Compact Recorder. The new handheld model is powered by two AA batteries and offers direct-to-MP3 recording in three quality levels, as well as uncompressed, CD-quality 44.1/48kHz WAV files in 16- or 24-bit resolution, allowing the user to configure the PMD620 for a variety of applications, from extended-length voice recordings to music recording.
The unit includes two condenser microphones, as well as line and external mic inputs, and an external mic output. It uses an SD (Secure Digital) flash memory card for data storage and accepts other high capacity memory cards.
The PMD620 offers a one-touch record button with a red indicator light. Transport controls incorporate a thumb-operated scroll wheel and organic LED (OLED) display screen with a black background that makes alpha-numerics and function icons easy to read. The screen is also configurable with two font sizes.
The PMD620 also offers editing capabilities. Included in the firmware is Copy Segment editing, which uses non-destructive cut-and-paste-style editing to create a new sound file that can be uploaded or downloaded via the built-in USB port. Another menu feature, Skip Back, allows transcribers the ability to review recorded audio from 1 to 60 previous seconds. The USB 2 port allows drag-and-drop transfer of files to a PC.
Level and peak LEDs indicate the status of the input signal, and users can toggle between four display screens that provide elapsed time, time remaining and other key data.