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Alesis MasterLink ML-9600 Recorder

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Product Highlights
  • High Resolution Mastering Station
  • CD Recorder
  • 40 GB Internal Hard Drive
  • 16-bit/44.1kHz or 24-bit/96kHz Formats
  • User-Organized Playlists
  • Control Fade-In/Out, Gain, Starts, Crops
  • Stores 16 Playlists up to 99 Songs Ea.
  • Onboard Compression/EQ/Limiting
  • Uses Inexpensive CD-R Discs
  • Includes Rack Ears

Prior to the introduction of the MasterLink ML-9600 Recorder, archiving of products suffered from several problems. Two-track audio had to be dithered down to 16-bit resolution in order to put it on DAT tape or Audio CD, or to retain 24-bit fidelity, a digital project had to be saved in the project format, which often provided problems when trying to restore the audio in a different software program.

The MasterLink ML-9600 is a two-track hard disc recorder that allows for capturing mixes in 24-bit resolution with up to 96kHz sampling frequency. Additionally, the unit provides editing facilities as well as the ability to apply finishing tools such as high-resolution parametric EQ, compression, limiting and normalizing. Up to 16 playlists can reside within the unit, each containing up to 99 songs.

Any playlist can be burned to either the industry-standard Red Book format for playback in regular CD players, or to a new high resolution CD24 proprietary format that is fast becoming the new standard for archiving and transferring high-resolution audio files to the mastering room. The MasterLink ML-9600 uses inexpensive, readily-available CD-R discs, and also includes rack ears.

A high-resolution two-track CD mastering station which uses inexpensive CD-R discs
40 GB Internal hard drive for master archiving
Burns CD's using standard Red Book (16-bit/44.1kHz) and CD24, high resolution formats (24-bit/96kHz)
Offers choice of any combination of digital resolutions (16, 20 and 24-bit) and sample rates (44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz) with full AIFF compatibility
User can organize song playlists with total control of fade-ins, fade-outs, track gain, start points, track cropping and more
Stores 16 different playlists containing up to 99 songs each
Onboard digital signal processing includes compression, EQ, limiting and normalization
Includes rack ears
Type Mastering Station and CD Recorder
Compatible Discs CD-R
Supported Bit/Sample Rates 16, 20 and 24-bit
44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz
A/D Converter 24-bit 128x oversampling
D to A Converters 24-bit 128x oversampling
Sample Rate Conversion 88.2, 96kHz
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +0, -0.3dB (44.1/48kHz frequencies)
Dynamic Range Greater than 108dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 113dB A-Weighted
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) Less than 0.002% @ 1kHz, -1dBFS
Input Connectors (Analog) 2 x XLR female, balanced
2 x RCA coaxial unbalanced
Nominal Input Level Balanced: +4dBu (-15dBFS)
Unbalanced: -10dBV (-15dBFS)
Output Connectors (Analog) 2 x XLR male balanced
2 x RCA coaxial unbalanced
Nominal Output Level Balanced: +4dBu (-15dBFS)
Unbalanced: -10dBV (-15dBFS)
Input Connectors (Digital) AES/EBU on XLR
S/PDIF on RCA coaxial
Output Connectors (Digital) AES/EBU on XLR
S/PDIF on RCA coaxial
Headphone Connector 1/4" TRS phone, with volume control
Built-in Hard Drive 40 GB IDE Drive
Word Clock I/O No
Digital Gain Control Yes
Digital Fade In/Out Yes
SCMS Management Yes
Remote Control Wireless infrared
RAM Buffer (Audio Delay) Yes
Track Incrementing Features Yes
Indexing Yes
Finalize Features Yes
Dimensions (WxHxD) 19 x 3.5 x 11"
Weight 16.5 lbs (7.49kg)
Alesis MasterLink ML-9600 Recorder
  • AC Power Cord
  • Infrared Remote Control
  • Blank CD-R
  • Rack Ears
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • Required item:

    Verbatim -  CD-R 700MB Disc (Spindle Pack of 50)
    • You Pay: $7.99
    Comprehensive -  EXF Series XLR Male to XLR Female AES/EBU Cable - 6'
    • You Pay: $14.95
    Raxxess -  ER-04 Space Economy Rack (Black Oak)

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    Gator Cases -  GRB-2U Rack Bag
    • You Pay: $84.99

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    Cable Management

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    Rip-Tie -  RipWrap Non Adhesive Tape
    • You Pay: $5.25
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