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Korg introduces MR-2000S 1-bit studio recorder at 125th AES

Korg has expanded its MR Series of digital recorders with the MR-2000S 1-Bit Studio Recorder which was introduced at 125th AES show in San Francisco. Its predecessor, the MR-1000, debuted in 2006 as a portable capture, archive and mastering solution, delivering 5.6 MHz/1-bit high-quality recording capability at a very competitive price point. Input and feedback from leading recording and mastering engineers have lead to the creation of the MR-2000S, offering this same audio quality and enhanced by additional functionality and studio-ready connectivity. Both recorders are also on show at 127th AES, 2009, New York City. Both MR Series recorders feature Version 2.01 of Korg’s proprietary AudioGate file management/conversion software.
Sleek and flexible, the MR-2000S is a single rack height digital stereo 1-bit recorder, offering 5.6 MHz or 2.8 MHz 1-bit recording, or up to 24-bit 192 kHz PCM recording and playback. 1-bit file formats DSDIFF (used in SACD production), WSD and DSF are all supported, as well as PCM support for standard WAV, BWF (Broadcast WAV) and even MP3 playback. Sampling frequencies for PCM formats range from 44.1 kHz through 192 kHz.
By using the highest-quality components available - the CS4398 Digital to Analog Converter from Cirrus Logic and the Burr-Brown PCM4202 Analog to Digital Converter from Texas Instruments Corporation – the MR-2000S minimizes any possible degradation of the audio signal.
The MR-2000S offers the essential connectors for today’s professional workplace. Analog connectors include XLR balanced input/output jacks, and RCA unbalanced input/output jacks. The reference level of the XLR jacks can be switched in a range of -12/-14/-16/-18/-20 dB, allowing the MR-2000S to be used in any recording environment from a music-related studio to a broadcast facility. Digital connectors include S/PDIF coaxial jacks for PCM sources, as well as word clock jacks for synchronization with other devices or a second MR-2000S unit. The MR-2000S also features a multi-step LED level meter with excellent response speed and high visibility.
Korg’s AudioGate audio file converter software is included, supporting reading/playback of MR project files and for converting to various file formats - including from 1-bit to the various multi-bit PCM formats, importing MP3, AAC and Apple lossless (with QuickTime 7), and WMA (Windows Media Audio, Windows only) - as well as improved conversion routines for all formats, enhancing the performance of this software application. AudioGate allows the splitting and combining of individual files, fade in/out curves, and gain change as well as DC offset correction.
The unit’s built-in 80 GB hard disk allows up to approximately 120 hours of recording (44.1 kHz 16-bit two track), or approximately 14.5 hours at the highest quality (1-bit 5.6448 MHz two track). Up to 400 projects can be created for each of up to 400 recording date folders (160,000 possible projects total). USB 2.0 “high speed” mode is supported for rapid file transfer to and from users’ computers.
Korg MR-2000S digital stereo 1-bit-recorder
An expansion of Korg’s MR Series of digital recorders, this rack-mountable 1-bit recorder delivers high sound quality plus improved connectivity and features for studios and mastering facilities.
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