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Record stereo or four-capsule omni audio directly to an SD card with the pocket-sized Alesis PalmTrack. This portable digital recorder can capture live sound anywhere and anytime without a single cabl... Click To Read More About This Product

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Record stereo or four-capsule omni audio directly to an SD card with the pocket-sized Alesis PalmTrack. This portable digital recorder can capture live sound anywhere and anytime without a single cable. The PalmTrack is perfect for recording quality sound in a wide variety of settings, including rehearsals, jam sessions, gigs, conferences, lectures, classes, interviews, and meetings. The possibilities are virtually limitless.

Recording with the Alesis PalmTrack is easy and flexible. Just insert the included batteries and SD card and press record. You can monitor while recording in headphones and watch the realtime level meters, or just switch on Auto Mic Gain and let the PalmTrack take the hassle out of recording. When you're done recording, you can check out your sound recordings on the PalmTrack's built-in speaker, using your own headphones, connecting the Alesis PalmTrack to your Mac or PC with its mini USB jack, or by removing the SD card and inserting it into your computer's SD card slot or reader.

While you're tracking, you'll be able to easily tell that the PalmTrack is recording thanks to its red Record light. You can easily switch the mics' gain from high to low with the left-side switch, and you can adjust the SD card recorder's input level with the up and down buttons on the right.

This handheld recorder lets you choose between 44.1 and 48kHz sample rates, select an MP3 bitrate from 64 to 320kbps for maximum recording time, or choose uncompressed 16- or 24-bit WAV for broadcast-quality recording. For all-in-one audio and voice recording, the PalmTrack has four microphones housed in its protective grille. You can select two mics for stereo pickup pattern, four mics for omnidirectional pickup pattern, plug your own mic into the Alesis PalmTrack's 1/8-inch mic input, or any line-level source into its 1/8-inch line input.

The Alesis PalmTrack portable recorder also gives you powerful processing onboard, including bass compensation for reducing the proximity effect in close-miked situations, as well as Chorus, Pitch Shift, Delay, and Reverb settings for adding flavor and creative effects to your recordings. There's also an MP3 voice cancelling more that enables you remove vocals from MP3s. On top of all of that, the Alesis recorder even has a handy tuner.

The PalmTrack has a bright, clear OLED display that shows you blue-on-black text and metering information, even in a dark club. It records running on the two included AA batteries, or using an optional power adapter.

  • Handheld SD recorder with stereo and four-capsule omni pickup patterns
  • Record 44.1/48kHz, 64—320kbps MP3 and 16/24-bit WAV
  • Four onboard mics with high, low, and auto gain for overload-free recordings
  • Bass compensation, Chorus, Pitch Shift, Delay, Reverb, MP3 Voice Cancel, and Tuner
  • Inputs for connecting 1/8" (3.5mm) mic and line-level audio
  • Stereo 1/8" (3.5mm) headphone output and built-in monitoring speaker
  • Includes SD card; works with virtually all SD cards up to 16GB
  • USB jack for mass storage connection to Mac and PC
  • AC/DC operation on 2 AA batteries (included) or AC adapter
  • Threaded mounting point for tabletop and stand-mounted applications
  • Alesis PalmTrack digital recorder
  • SD card
  • (2) AA batteries
One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards, DAT, and modules.
One year or 1500 hour warranty (whichever comes first) on tape heads.
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Good sound

By Dave

from Austin, TX

Comments about Alesis Palm Track Handheld SD Recorder:

I have had this for almost a month. Here's my synopsis: the sound quality is excellent. I record in MP3 mode, not the other mode. MP3 mode has options for up to 320 Kb/sec, but my experimentation shows that it sounds the same to me all the way down to 128KB/sec, so that's what I choose. I am not really using the microphones. By the way: it does NOT have 4 microphones!! It has 2. The other "2 microphones" only materialize if you actually PLUG IN another stereo mic into the input jack. (Misleading advertising.) I have recorded speech with the internal mic, and it's OK, but it doesn't seem so fantastic to me, sorry. Rather, I use it to record directly from my mixing board, and it works great. However: 1.) the battery life is suprisingly low. It has died on me twice while playing live before people, because I dared to actually use it for a few hours the week before (on the same set of batteries) for my private practice sessions. I just bought a 3rd party power wart, so hopefully that will fix that problem. 2.) You can set options -- such as the bit rate and more by clicking buttons. However, it does not store those settings! This means that each time you turn it off, you lose your settings, so you have to re-set them next time. That is a pain. 3.) The included 2 Gig card is actually plenty of room ... I thought I'd need to buy a 16 Gig card, but I've never yet come anywhere close to using up the 2 Gig card. The batteries would probably run out long before that. :( 4.) I don't have anything to compare this to, so I don't know how it rates in an A/B test, compared to the Tascam device, for example. 5.) I am satisfied with it, but am also a bit frustrated. Nevertheless, it accomplishes my main objective: to get high quality MP3 recordings directly from my sound board.

(38 of 41 customers found this review helpful)


Looks like a keeper.

By NY_Honest67

from Bronx, NY

Comments about Alesis Palm Track Handheld SD Recorder:

OK,I really like this small recording device. I use mac with it and no problem with compatibility-drop your file and tweak. I thought about getting the H2, but was worried about their issues with Leopard 10.5.7(which I use), although they have resolved this problem by now through the Zoom website, I believe. The Palm Track is really easy to record with and the quality is pretty good for posting a demos on website/myspace. I doubt it will give you a CD quality product, unless you hook it to an external preamp/mic-but that would miss the point of this device. The Palm Track supposed to be portable and easy to use to record a reference audio demos. It was a bit of a turn off to realize how light is the PT.I have never liked the plastic gadgets-they are not built to last(like they use to build them with a metal chassis back in the day(80s/90s), so make sure you get a protective case for this baby. The MDR 4 design is a mystery to me. Is it worth it to pay somebody designers royalties(Swissonic) instead of designing it yourself Alesis?I guess the MDR-4 was a nice European answer to the H2..Bottom line:PT is a nice product for your money,good mics, easy interface, but lack the sturdiness of higher quality recorders. No phantom power here-oh well..for the money that's what's up.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Little Device

By Pastor Kevin

from Surprise, AZ

Comments about Alesis Palm Track Handheld SD Recorder:

I really like this device. I used it to replace my laptop for recording sermons. I connect directly to my PA system via a spare monitor output to the "line in", this allows me to easily control the recording volume for optimum output when transferred to CD (it also allows me to record only those channels I wish to record). My sister was looking for a small recording device for my nephews music class, I showed her how it works and she bought one too. (She is not a tech-y like me and has no problems working it.) I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT for anyone who needs to record but does not require multi track ability.

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