One of the most interesting new products of 2009 are recorders that integrate with Apple's Ipod. Alesis recently announced that it is shipping its new ProTrack Mobile Recording Kit, which combines the innovative ProTrack handheld recorder for iPod with Alesis’ new AM2 Stereo Microphone Set. The kit enables musicians and recording engineers to record high-quality stereo sound directly to their iPod from a wide variety of sources.
The ProTrack provides direct-to-iPod, stereo, digital recording in a portable, handheld form. Users can capture live audio anywhere and anytime. The ProTrack’s design integrates the iPod into the recorder and clear, protective covers securely mount the user’s iPod to the recorder.
Users can record detailed, stereo audio using the ProTrack’s onboard dual condenser microphones, which are fixed in XY-stereo configuration for reliable stereo imaging. While the onboard microphones are capable of capturing quality sound, the ProTrack Mobile Recording Kit includes the AM2 Stereo Microphone Set, a matched-stereo, cardioid condenser microphone kit with two AM2 microphones, windscreens, clips, a padded hard case and an XY-stereo mount.
With the AM2 mics users can employ stereo miking techniques. For example, drummers can use the AM2s to capture their drumset, guitarists can capture a stereo image of their acoustic guitar or amplifier and bands can record their sets live, in stereo. The ProTrack supplies the necessary 48V phantom power to power the AM2 condenser microphones.
AM2 microphones are low profile, miniature cardioid condensers with switchable -10dB attenuation and high-pass filter. With a clean fet amplifier and a transformerless output stage, AM2 microphones offer low-self-noise, high-resolution audio capture. Their small diaphragm condenser capsules offer excellent pickup of the "air" that characterizes high-quality small diaphragm condensers.
The Pro Track mobile kit carries a list price of $399.99 and an estimated street price of $299.99.