iKEY RM-3 Rackmount Digital Recorder 889406706620

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The iKEY RM3 is a sleek single rackmountable digital recorder that can be added to any audio rack setup. With easy one-touch digital recording, the RM3 has all the essentials you need to record your m... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The iKEY RM3 is a sleek single rackmountable digital recorder that can be added to any audio rack setup. With easy one-touch digital recording, the RM3 has all the essentials you need to record your media instantly. The RM3 features a large bright full color LCD screen and offers easy recording. It has both XLR and ¼" mic/instrument inputs to record vocal and instruments. The iKEY RM3 rackmount recorder features dual RCA inputs on the front and rear of the unit for extra sources to record. The device records directly onto any supported USB storage device or on the provided 1 GB SD memory card. You have the choice to record as an MP3 with up to 320kbps or as a WAV format with 44.1kHz/16-bit sound quality. You can also monitor your media thru the ¼" phono/line output provided on the front of the RM3. AC adapter, USB cable, and 1GB SD memory card are included with this unit.

Features
  • 19" 1U Rack Mount
  • Full color LCD screen
  • Records from any MONO or STEREO line source
  • Records 128, 256 and 320 kbps MP3 files and WAV files
  • Record direct to the included SD card
  • Record direct to USB key drive (not included)
  • SDHC compatible
  • Combo XLR and ¼" Microphone inputs with Mic/Line switch
  • Front and rear RCA inputs
  • 1/4th-inch (6.3mm Jack) line input
  • 1/4th-inch (6.3mm Jack) headphone/line output
  • Balanced XLR outputs
  • RCA outputs
  • Rotary Headphone volume control
  • Input gain switch with 3 input gain levels — 20 db, 0 db and +10 db
  • Adjustable record level with digital input VU
  • Easily playback previously recorded media
  • Easily download to a computer with the included USB cable
  • AC adaptor included
Specifications
  • Weight: 5.29 lb./2.4kgs
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 19" x 1.75" x 9.96", (483 x 45 x 253 mm)
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3.5

(based on 12 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

exactly what we wanted at the right price

I bought this for our church's sound system to record services directly from the board. I've been really happy with the unit's performance so far. Clear recording quality, much better than the portable...Read complete review

I bought this for our church's sound system to record services directly from the board. I've been really happy with the unit's performance so far. Clear recording quality, much better than the portable recorder we'd been using, and its ability to record to USB sticks makes posting podcasts really simple. Someday we'll move to computer recording, but for now, this meets the need with very little sacrifice in quality!

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DO NOT BUY THIS!!

Correction, I ownED it. If you care about the quality of your recordings, DO NOT BUY THIS. I bought this when it was $30 cheaper and it still wasn't worth it. If...Read complete review

Correction, I ownED it. If you care about the quality of your recordings, DO NOT BUY THIS. I bought this when it was $30 cheaper and it still wasn't worth it. If you're a musician, this simply will not cut it. I read some reviews of this being used for church services - I can see where it might pass there. I received this, and it had a very noticeable hiss/squeak in all the recordings, like the pulley sound mentioned by another reviewer. I thought it was the mic but I used several different microphones, and several different settings, no dice. I sent it to the manufacturer, they sent me a brand new one, SAME PROBLEM. After a little assertive-aggressiveness, MF agreed to exchange for a new product. Do yourself a favor and grab the Line 6 UX1 if you have a PC around you can use it with. It blows this thing clean out of the water, for $50 less! I'm surprised this junk has as high of a review as it does. Avoid the frustration and continue looking, this is not for you, or any musician.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Dead out of the box

By Michael Craig

from Phoenix, AZ

I am truely sad I had a real use for this. I took it out of the box followed the manual and no functions. When I contacted IKEY by there web site I had to register the unit then wite a discription of what it does (it does nothing) I get a reply today that says did you push all the buttons... of course I did and it didn't do anything this was the poorist tech support I have ever seen.. Thank God I bought this from Guitarcenter when I contacted them they said to bring it to the closest store and they would handle it ( they at least seem to care about there customers) this is the first thing over the years that I have ever returned to Guitarcenter thank you for caring about all of us that shop with you..

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Recording ok

By DJ BackBone

from Oldsmar, FL

It has the settings for the +/- db where you can increase or decrease the peak level, that seems to be the only way to adjust the signal internaly, the dial to adjust it in smaller amounts doesn't seem to work @ all. Setting it so it's below the clipping level works after uploading the file to the computer and normalizing the gain, the quality is as good as any i/o sounfd card for the computer. I bought this for the ability to record w/o the computer and it works. Would have been great to have XLR inputs. The RCA out from my mixer works well. Buy it, 1 rack space, wav, mp3, SD & USB flash drive recordable, with a 16g hcsd card that's 10 hours of wav recording.

 
5.0

simply awesome

By smiley--HmH_

from seattle

i love it. i don't own it but i have used it and it is amazing I'm definitely going to buy one. for the price nothing compares. it also does exactly what it is supposed to do with no flaws at all.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

DO NOT BUY THIS!!

By Mikey Nick

from Central NY

Correction, I ownED it. If you care about the quality of your recordings, DO NOT BUY THIS. I bought this when it was $30 cheaper and it still wasn't worth it. If you're a musician, this simply will not cut it. I read some reviews of this being used for church services - I can see where it might pass there. I received this, and it had a very noticeable hiss/squeak in all the recordings, like the pulley sound mentioned by another reviewer. I thought it was the mic but I used several different microphones, and several different settings, no dice. I sent it to the manufacturer, they sent me a brand new one, SAME PROBLEM. After a little assertive-aggressiveness, MF agreed to exchange for a new product. Do yourself a favor and grab the Line 6 UX1 if you have a PC around you can use it with. It blows this thing clean out of the water, for $50 less! I'm surprised this junk has as high of a review as it does. Avoid the frustration and continue looking, this is not for you, or any musician.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Budget-minded solution with a couple caveats

By Utility_Player

from Midwest

The iKey RM-3 is clearly the lowest priced rackmount MP3 audio recorder as of this writing," and provides a solution for budget-limited users that appreciate rack ears.
Positives:Headphone jack with Volume knob - very handy for ""confidence""SD card may be removed while unit is powered onLarge time counter displayCompact - 1RUInexpensiveCaveats:Only 4 recording settings the lowest of which is 128kbpsUnit powers up in the uncompressed mode and must be reset to lower data ratesOnly one female XLR input", which is mic level and mono - however," there are 1/4"" phone and RCA inputsVU meter is slow", but functional

 
3.0

Functions with Compromises

By Utility_Player

from Kansas City

This unit is the least expensive rackmounted MP3 recorder on the market. It functions, but has a few drawbacks that professionals will find annoying: 1. The VU meter functions more like a Peak LED. 2. The RM3 initializes to record in .WAV mode upon power-up. 3. The RM3 is not friendly to balanced line level via XLR. 4. Data rate choices are few.Yes, the device works fine within certain parameters. If you can work around all these hurdles, then the low cost will be a fair compromise.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

exactly what we wanted at the right price

By Duckster004

from Phoenix

I bought this for our church's sound system to record services directly from the board. I've been really happy with the unit's performance so far. Clear recording quality, much better than the portable recorder we'd been using, and its ability to record to USB sticks makes posting podcasts really simple. Someday we'll move to computer recording, but for now, this meets the need with very little sacrifice in quality!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Answer To Prayer

By Gene Jordan

from Lafayette, La

All I needed for our church was an ID10T proof recorder that could make a editable/upload-able recording of our church sermons. The playback over our Sound System showed no discernible difference. You do not need to sync this to your computer, because you can just pull the SD card and plug it into most newer computers.We didn't detect any humming noise, but this will record feedback if it is in the room (most recorders will).We didn't need frills, but when iKey comes out with an affordable MP3/CD recorder, they have a customer.

 
2.0

Squeaky and consumer-y cheap

By Chris-jvjMW

from Undisclosed

This is my backup recorder which I try to record "cooler" than my Alesis ML9600 during simultaneous recordings. On the first use I thought I heard a mechanical squeaking sound, like a pulley squeaking on a belt - thought it might be an air conditioner unit in the auditorium (though there was no such sound on my ML9600). Two jobs later I needed this backup, and sure enough the squeak is there. You an hear it in headphones during recording, but I thought it might be an artifact of a cranked headphone volume. Not so. It's embedded in the recording. It's also difficult to adjust the record levels because the clunky/choppy level meters are NOT fast and NOT in real-time. You can't get an accurate level. I have had PC file transfer issues that a previous reviewer cited. Also there is no fast-forward button for playback so you can't jump to any particular section of the recording. It only records in 3 mp3 compression rates, and only plays back in those rates - so if you insert an SD card with .mp3's you created elsewhere, and they're not 128, 256, or 320 compression, they won't play. Machine is being returned. GREAT IDEA for a low-cost rackmount backup solution, but this is not ready for prime time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Little Room to Improve

By Sound Man 47

from Scott County Indiana

The RM-3 is being used to record live services at our church. I have used both the included SD card and a thumb drive to record. Transfer to my PC was no hassle at all. The only drawback is the record and playback controls have rubberized buttons and respond a bit on the clunky side. You cannot use the SD and thumb drive at the same time because the thumb drive is dominant.

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