Korg Exhibits World's First 1-Bit Professional Mobile Recorders

(Korg | Posted 2007-10-24)

Korg Exhibits World's First 1-Bit Professional Mobile Recorders

Korg, a leading manufacturer of technology and recording products for the professional audio, broadcast and studio markets, is showing the world’s first 1-bit professional mobile recorders. The MR Professional Mobile Recorders are an ideal, affordable solution for source recording, archiving final mixes and master recordings, ENG/EFP for broadcast journalism, as well as podcasting.

The hand-held MR-1 is capable of high quality 1-bit / 2.8 MHz recording and playback, while the tabletop MR-1000 delivers up to 1-bit / 5.6 MHz, doubling industry DSD recording quality standards. Both MR recorders support multiple recording formats including DSDIFF, DSF and WSD 1-bit formats, as well as multi-bit PCM format (BWF) with resolutions up to 24-bit / 192 kHz. Now with version 1.5, the MR-1000 can also play back MP3 files, while the MR-1 can both record and play back MP3 files.

After recording a final mix or master in 1-bit, moving to any of these current formats is possible, with currently acceptable results. As the industry likely moves more towards 1-bit as a standard format, these archived projects will be ready. No other available archiving format past and present can make this claim of data reliability and performance.

1-bit recording is the latest advancement in audio and has been adopted for use in the SACD recording format. Its uncompromising fidelity, low noise floor, extended dynamic range, lifelike imaging and analog quality depth have been praised by top experts. Another benefit of the 1-bit format is that it can be easily converted to any other bit depth and sample rate for use in any type of project.

Korg’s included AudioGate™ software (Mac® and PC) can convert 1-bit recordings into WAV and AIFF formats at various bit-rates (and vice versa) and offers real-time conversion/playback of 1-bit files. The software can also perform essential functions like removing DC offset, gain control, and fade in/out. Users can easily transfer data from the internal hard drive (MR-1 – 20 GB; MR-1000 – 40 GB) to a computer via high speed USB 2.0 connection.

Korg USA’s Technology Senior Product Manager Jerry Kovarsky explains, “When you have only one chance to capture a great performance, Foley effect, or interview, you need a recording device that will reliably yield the highest quality audio possible. Our MR recorders’ 1-bit technology provides just that, and combined with our AudioGate software deliver the perfect future-proof solution. We see the MR-1000’s 5.6 MHz rate as the first really viable alternative to analog tape for final mixing and mastering; it sounds that good! And, since 1-bit recording is now available at affordable price points, we see a continued growth of this format in various market sectors.”

The MR-1000 features studio quality, ultra low-impedance mic preamps with balanced XLR / 1/4" inputs with phantom power and built-in limiting, plus XLR and RCA outputs. The MR-1 offers dual mini balanced inputs, an included stereo electret condenser mic and a stereo headphone jack.

The portable MR-1 and MR-1000 both feature lightweight yet rugged metal housings with sleek, streamlined designs. A large backlit LCD offers optimum visibility under all lighting conditions. For added durability and location recording, each MR-recorder comes in a stylish and functional soft case that allows the recorder to be used without having to remove it from the case. Both recorders can be powered by batteries (MR-1 – rechargeable lithium polymer; MR-1000 – AA) or via the included AC adaptor.

The Korg MR-1 and MR-1000 Professional Mobile Recorders are currently shipping, with respective U.S. MSRPs of $899 and $1499.

For more detailed information about 1-bit recording technology, please refer to the technical white paper available on the MR Series product pages at www.korg.com. Product specs are subject to change without notice.

—For more information, contact Korg, 316 South Service Rd, Melville, NY 11747. Tel: (631) 390-6500; Fax: (631) 390-6501; Web: www.korg.com.

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