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Korg's MR Series recorders introduced affordable DSD 1-bit recording and archiving. Their latest addition - the MR-2000S Studio Recorder
- has been enhanced with a new operating system that adds a number of features of interest to the musician, sound designer, studio producer and live sound engineer. Here's all the details from Korg...
Using O.S. Version 1.5, multiple MR-2000S recorders can now be synced together to facilitate multi-track DSD recording. By designating one MR-2000S as the master, the transport controls, recording mode and setting of marker points will be shared with the additional units. For example, four MR-2000S recorders would yield eight tracks of synchronized DSD recording, ideal for capturing high-quality field recordings and Foley work in 5.1 or 7.1 surround-ready multitrack, or for creating live multi-channel recordings that can be remixed later in the studio.
For increased flexibility, a new "dual-mono" mode has been added, keeping each recording channel independent for ease when importing tracks into DAW software. Previously recorded stereo files can be played back as two mono files as well.
Several new features enhance the workflow process. The Setting File function allows task specific settings - input level, clock source, recording mode, etc. - to be memorized and saved as one of 400 setups. These setups save time when a single MR-2000S is being used by multiple users for different projects, or when switching between sessions. Audio can now be monitored while fast-forwarding or rewinding to assist in locating the start of a song or when setting marker points.
In addition to multi-unit sync, dual-mono mode and enhanced workflow, the new MR-2000S Version 1.5 features include AIFF file playback and support for professional S/PDIF protocol. Additionally, a new version of AudioGateTM software has been released (1.5.2) to support the new features. AudioGate allows users to manage, edit and convert DSD recordings into other formats.
ABOUT THE MR-2000S STUDIO RECORDER: An expansion of Korg's MR Series of digital recorders, the MR-2000S rack-mountable 1-bit recorder delivers unparalleled sound quality plus improved connectivity and features for studios and mastering facilities. The MR-2000S's predecessor, the MR-1000, was created as the ultimate portable capture, archive and mastering solution, delivering 5.6 MHz/1-bit DSD high-quality recording capability (exceeding DVD audio) at an unprecedented nexus of price and performance. The MR-2000S is enhanced by additional functionality and studio-ready connectivity.
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 MP3 playback. Sampling frequencies for PCM formats range from 44.1 kHz through 192 kHz. Analog connectors include XLR balanced input/output jacks, and RCA unbalanced input/output jacks. Digital connectors include S/PDIF coaxial jacks, as well as word clock jacks for synchronization with other devices or a second MR-2000S unit when using a multi-bit PCM format.
Pricing and Availability:
The MR-2000S OS Version 1.5 is a free download