M-Audio MicroTrack comments

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  1. e-z

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    Anybody have one yet? If so, what's the initial impression? Thanks.
     
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    I ordered one just five minutes ago! No kidding. I'll let you know. :)
     
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    P.S. - IF I remember... !
     
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    Been using it today. It's great!
     
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    Thanks. Has it been easy to use?
     
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    Very easy. One button to record, same button to stop. Plug in the USB, drag and drop, done.

    You only need the menu for initial setup or to change file formats, etc. The little stereo mic sounds pretty good.
     
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    And yes, you can record with it plugged in. So now I'm officially freakin' thrilled with mine. So much so that I ordered the Delta stereo mic and the Boost Box from Reactive Sounds to make it easier to record stuff like band practices and so on.
     
  8. MichaelK

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    We've been using it to record song ideas in the car or on the fly. My wife has 32 little snippets of ideas that have been on her voice mail for months, and we both have another G-d knows how many on microcassette. What a godsend this thing is.

    I also intend to record off the FOH board with it. Much easier to operate than the MiniDisk recorder and it will actually will have files I can USE. Re-recording from the Minidisk took more time than it was worth.
     
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    I've had mine 3-4 weeks and wouldn't go to a rehearsal without it. I did find that the battery time was too limited for a long rehearsal so I built myself an external power supply (9v battery to a LM7805 IC to a USB jack and on/off switch - puts out 5 V and works perfectly.)

    I used MDs for years and this is SOOOOooo much easier - drag and drop files to whatever editing program and bam, you're there. Setting levels can be a bit tricky and for one of my bands, which is LOUD, I had to run my mic to a 'Juice Box' to get a line level out and run that into the 1/4" line inputs. Solved that.

    I think there are a few software bugs they're ironing out but updating the firmware is a piece of cake.

    jon
     
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    I've had mine about the same amount of time, finally got my "rig" for it. Which of course means spending more money, but anyway -

    The Reactive Sounds Delta stereo electret mic -> MicPod (a little tripod for the mic) -> Boost Box (preamp plus power for the electret mic) -> MicroTrack.

    The MicroTrack does record on A/C power, by the way, so if you have access to wall power, you can record as long as you want. This has made field recordings a pleasure. Records .wav files, editing is a breeze.
     
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    Exactly! My brother in a parallel universe...... ;)

    jon
     
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    Awwww, mom always liked you best! :)
     
  13. brent

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    How is the internal mic?

    Specifically how does it handle a loud live band?

    I love the idea of this thing
     
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    It's not exactly an internal mic - it is a stereo electret mic that plugs into the top. And it overloads horribly in a loud environment, even if you bring down the gain all the way on the MicroTrack. That's one reason for the BoostBox or equivalent - it allows you to plug into the lower level inputs to keep from clipping.
     
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    thanks,
    That's a drag, having to basically double the price of the unit to get it to do what I want


    I just want to replace my minidisc recorder with something that'll allow me to drag and drop. I use it for recording rehearsals to do a quick check of my playing/sound.
     
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    Then just use the mic as is and don't worry about it. If you go into the red too often, turn down the input gain or move the mic a little farther away. You'll figure it out.
     
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    Thank you guys,

    I was just wondering about this.

    Thanks,


    Tomo
     

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