AES 2010: Korg MR-2 Recorder

Nov 5, 2010 4:44 PM

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The MR-2 records in the ultrahigh-fidelity DSD format, using a 2.8MHz sampling rate that captures every sonic detail while preserving the ambience of the original recording location. Using the included AudioGate software, this original datastream recording can be re-purposed into nearly any audio format with minimal fidelity loss. For job-specific recording, the MR-2 can also record in any of the popular multibit formats, from MP2 and MP3 up to 24-bit/192kHz PCM files.

The MR-2 features a built-in, professional-grade, electret stereo condenser microphone. The mic housing can be rotated toward the front, top or rear of the MR-2 in eight 30-degree steps. Two screw mounts allow the MR-2 to be attached to a general-purpose camera tripod for flexible miking and positioning. An additional jack enables connection to an external mic.

An onboard analog limiter, low-cut filter and bass EQ are available. This high-performance analog circuitry remains under accurate digital control.

The MR-2 includes 40 easily selectable recording setups. Each contains its own settings for mic sensitivity, input level, analog limiter, low-cut-filter and bass EQ. These setups offer optimized settings for a range of recording tasks and environments, such as ensemble performances, solo vocal or piano performance, or settings suitable for field recording or documenting meetings. Ten custom user settings can be memorized.

Data recorded on the MR-2 is stored directly to an SD/SDHC card. There is no motor, eliminating any chance of unwanted drive noise being captured and recorded. More than 11 hours of top-quality DSD recording is possible using a 32GB card. The USB 2 connector (Mini-B connector) allows the recorded data to be transferred to a computer at a high rate of speed.

The MR-2 features a highly visible 128x128-pixel LCD. The backlight provides great visibility, even in dim locations. Dedicated buttons and switches allow quick adjustments to the input level, hold on/off, etc. When capturing a musical performance, a multi-mode chromatic tuner is built in. Both battery (AA x 2) and USB power sources allow the MR-2 to be used almost anywhere.

The MR-2 is bundled with Korg’s AudioGate audio format–conversion software. In addition to converting files from DSD to multibit PCM (or vice versa), this software allows users to edit the recorded material or to manage archival masters. Two different types of dithering are offered, including Korg’s “Noise Shaped Dither (KORG AQUA),” which matches the perceptual response of human hearing. 

The Korg MR-2 is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $899.

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