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M-AudioMicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder
 
3.7

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (28)
  • Versatile (20)
  • Excellent sound (19)
  • Low distortion (13)
  • Good power output (8)

Cons

  • Poor quality construction (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (24)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
  • Performances (15)
  • Professional recording (14)
  • Home studio (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice, straghtforward product

I appreciate the simple menu layout and easy-to-use buttons and controls on this recorder. I recorded using the supplied "T" microphone and found the results acceptable. I also experimented with an...Read complete review

I appreciate the simple menu layout and easy-to-use buttons and controls on this recorder. I recorded using the supplied "T" microphone and found the results acceptable. I also experimented with an Audio Technica ATM31, a Rode Videomic, and a Sennheiser e835. The Audio Technica and Sennheiser did not have enough output on their own to provide a good recording. However, matched with the M-Audio Audio Buddy preamp, the results with these mics were excellent. I then tried the Rode Videomic. The Rode Videomic plugs directly into the 1/8" input on the Microtrack II and sounds wonderful as is with no preamp needed. So, the Microtrack II gives very good results depending on the mic and preamp configuration that is used with it. Using low-output mics and no preamp, the results may be disappointing.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good overall BUT VERY NOISY PREAMPS !

I intended to use it to record lectures.

Had a lot of experience in lecture Recordings, by various models of Sony MDs/Hi-MDs.
Had good experience with M-Audio gear:...Read complete review

I intended to use it to record lectures.

Had a lot of experience in lecture Recordings, by various models of Sony MDs/Hi-MDs.
Had good experience with M-Audio gear: sound cards and dmp-3 preamp.
Read good reviews on the previous model (MT2496).

Hoped to achieve by MicroTrack2 vs old MDs:
*The much easier transfers 2 PC via file drag & drop.
*The extended flash card capacity.
*Didn't expect quality drop in comparison to MD.

MicroTrack2 has nice looks and good handle, to my taste.
But at my first entrance to record mode, I was quite shocked by the very noticeable loud 'Hiss', 50%-100% at the mic gain level scale.
Tried to switch mics (dynamic/condenser)
Tried to switch cables,
Tried both 1/8" and 1/4" inputs,
With/without phantom,
Tested another MicroTrack2 unit,
nothing helped.

Sorry, but this loud 'hiss' makes un-acceptable recordings, Especially if you're going to compress the WAV later (like I do with most my stuff).
This is not just some little 'glitch' or firmware fix problem,
but a major flaw in record quality.
Maybe an outboard Preamp would help get quieter mic signal,
but I've bought the MicroTrack2 as a descent standalone.
It's NOT ! ...

I hope someone from M-Audio tech sees this...
I'm disappointed, and would like to return it...
The sad thing is that another 4 people bought it according to my recommendation. Got same criticizm from them too...

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1.0

Lemon Battery = dealbreaker

By Dave

from Eugene, OR

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        Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

        It's a great product except for the battery, which runs down and quickly fails to hold a charge. The replacement that they installed (for $) did the same. A real dud of a product. When it has power, it works great, but that's kind of a fatal flaw.

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        1.0

        No stars but forced to give one

        By Roy the Scot

        from Glasgow, Scotland

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              Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

              Don't touch with a bargepole. Poor construction with intermittent faults and very poor battery life assuming you get the charger to work - mine only does once in every three attempts. Off/on fails regularly then mysteriously starts working again for another 3 or four attempts.

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              4.0

              Excellent little recorder

              By Scott

              from New Jesrey

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Battery life not so good
              • Occasionally freezes up

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

              Clean sound, EASY to transfer into computer, and easy to figure out.

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              4.0

              I recommend it!!!

              By Nando

              from Orlando, Fl

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events

                Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                Amazing!!! it works perfectly. Thanks B&H. You made my Christmas Day!!!

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                4.0

                Great little CF recorder

                By Jeff

                from Brooklyn, NY

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                  I used this for radio work - the inputs are good, there's phantom power to run condenser mics, it's very easy to use. My only caveat is the internal battery - I've never run out of juice, but it would be a drag if I did. (You can still plug it into an outlet, if need be.)

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                  5.0

                  Great professional quality recorder

                  By Vik

                  from OR

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Low Distortion
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Battery replacement

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                  The Micro Track II is professional quality, low noise, handles professional microphones needing 48 volt phantom power and even the little stereo mic that comes with it is quite good. You can go up to 24 bit recording and it has a limiter you can turn on to keep it out of clipping. The circuitry seems to have very low noise. The unit is quiet. I have used one for several years now and have not had to send it in for a new battery yet. The rechargeable batter is not consumer replaceable.

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                  1.0

                  Poor Battery

                  By RP

                  from Bahia - Brazil

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording

                  Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                  I bought one and the internal battery never did well. The battery was never able to take full charge. If you live in Brazil and buy one in USA there is no possibility to change the internal battery to a cheap cost in Brazil. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. Product made in China is unreliable.

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                  4.0

                  Good Solid Audio Recorder

                  By ADC

                  from Idaho Falls, ID

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound

                  Cons

                  • Needs cable attachements

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                  I needed a good simple audio recording device for film and video shoots. I bought it because it had good audio sample rates and it looked like it kept its operations easy to use. It is living up to what I expected from it. Easy, simple to use, with good audio. Though I wish it had a tripod attachment and/or cable clips so that it didn't put a lot of strain on the 1/4" mic inputs.

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                  4.0

                  good recorder

                  By tyedyejon

                  from milwaukee, wi

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                    i like it. i wish it had fiber optic. [...]

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                    4.0

                    Great Little Gadget

                    By DJ Artan

                    from Brooklyn, NY

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Hard 2 control distortion
                    • Small screen

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Interviews
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                    I am a Dj and I use this device to record my live mixes. So far I am very happy with it and I have no complaains whatsoever. I have a 2gb card and I can record more that 3hrs in .wav format and more than 14 hrs in 320kbps .mp3 format. The setup is fairly easy if you read the instructions which are very clear. Can't say anything about battery since i use it plugged into an outlet. The only thing is that the screen is small but that doesn't bother me...I recommend it highly.

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                    2.0

                    A great little machine- when it works

                    By Soundman64

                    from Connecticut

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound

                    Cons

                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Performances

                    Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                    This recorder is beautifully designed for use in the field. Learning how to use it is a no- brainer and the included external mic makes a fantastic recording (in relatively low- volume situations, that is). Internally, it is very finicky and tends to freeze up while recording. Of course, once it freezes, everything you were recording at the time is lost forever.
                    I'm on my second Microtrack II. The first one, which I purchased last year, lasted 9 months before it completely died. I'm hoping that this one lasts longer, but just to be safe I purchased an replacement warranty for it. That's what prevented me from taking a financial bath with my last unit.
                    I'd have no problem giving the Microtrack II a full 5 stars if I were confident that it had a long lifespan.

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                    5.0

                    Great tool!

                    By Jim

                    from Tuscaloosa, AL

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Low Distortion
                    • Powerful
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                      This is a simple plug and play recorder. Anybody with any use for a easy, true sounding voice recording needs this unit.

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                      5.0

                      Works great

                      By andrew

                      from buffalo, ny

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound

                      Cons

                      • Need CF card

                      Best Uses

                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                      Easy to use, clear sound, just wish it came with a CF card or an internal hard drive

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                      4.0

                      Great digital recorder

                      By derek

                      from New York, ny

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Low Distortion
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                        I bought this specifically because it had an S/PDIF input and I am working with a Sony mixer with an S/PDIF output, so I don't have to go back and forth between analog and digital. It is the only recorder that I could find in it's size and price range with a digital input. It sounds great and is intuitive, functionally. My only real complaint is that the battery pack isn't removable. That is a major design flaw if you want to do long recording sessions in the field, but the work around is to but a USB battery pack as well and just remember to charge both up. I would also have been happier if it had XLR inputs.

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                        5.0

                        good price worked well

                        By South Florida MultiMedia

                        from Hallandale, FL

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Low Distortion

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Events

                          Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                          easy to use, headphone monitor and visual monitors were good.

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                          5.0

                          Record the World in the palm of your han

                          By columby

                          from From L.A., to Boonville IN. for now.

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Low Distortion
                          • Powerful
                          • Versatile
                          • Very Affordable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording
                            • Video or Film tracks

                            Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                            The MicroTrack II is the most amazing 2 track Stereo Recorder on the market today. It is easy to figure out right away and it sounds Great. even with the Stereo condenser mic that came with it.
                            You can also plug your favorite mics in if you want but no need. The Tiny Stereo Mic rivals the best mikes you could plug in to this jewel. I just want to record every gig I do, in Broadcast Quality. This is what has taken the place of a $10,000.00 Nagras we used in the 80's.
                            The fact that it can record 24 bit-96khz is Awesome. I think M-Audio is the best micro pro recorder made, no doubt. It's an exiting piece of technology! Right on M-Audio. I am a fan of all thir stuff but this blows my mind,, at a price you can't pass up. a Must Have!!! 5 star!

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                            4.0

                            Compact and reliable performance

                            By Ray

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Low Distortion
                            • Powerful
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                              I used 2 MicroTrack IIs while filming a documentary in South Korea. They were invaluable tools -- lightweight, they could be set up right next to the camera to get separate audio tracks. They performed well, had reasonable battery life, and the replaceable CF cards mean they're always ready to go.

                              Missing is a tripod mount which would have made things hugely more convenient. They have a durable carry case but it is not the same. They sustained several drops from 3-4 feet without serious injury.

                              Lack of a replaceable battery is sometimes problematic. They require either the AC charger or USB cable connected to a computer, or an external battery pack for any longer use than a few hours.

                              Overall, this is an excellent product and the sound recording is extremely good. It is easy to use, reliable, and very lightweight. Despite the small issues listed above, the MicroTrack II is a great tool for amateurs and professionals and I would recommend it without hesitation.

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                              4.0

                              Great product, great price.

                              By DM

                              from Austin, TX

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound

                              Cons

                              • No batteries must charge

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Field recording
                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                              I've used this recorder in my electronic music class and decided to buy one for myself. This was the best price that I found. It's a little bit of a bummer that you have to plug it in to charge it, but Energizer sells a mini-USB charger that takes to AA batteries that you can use if you're in the field and run out of juice. Overall, it's a handy little piece of equipment at a reasonable price.

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                              4.0

                              I need 3 more

                              By Atomic Ideas

                              from Springfield, Mo

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Powerful
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording

                                Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                                it's perfect for field recording

                                the biggest surprise is how light weight it is

                                I don't like that the CF card is exposed but the case is nice

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                                1.0

                                Not Happy!

                                By Carl

                                from Livingston, Montana

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                                      Comments about M-Audio MicroTrack II - Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Audio Recorder:

                                      I would have not given any stars if I could. Ours is a little over a year old. We have had to send it back to manufacturer after using it for only four days, as it just locked up and stopped working. They took forever to return it to us. Now it is locked up again. I would not recommend this to anyone.

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