Korg MR-1000 - 1-Bit Professional Digital Mobile Recorder

Korg MR-1000 - 1-Bit Professional Digital Mobile Recorder

Korg MR-1000 - 1-Bit Professional Digital Mobile Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • 1-bit Future-Proof Recording
  • 40GB Internal Drive
  • XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
  • XLR and RCA Outputs
  • USB Port
  • AC or Battery Power
  • Backlit LCD
  • AudioGate Software Included
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Korg MR-1000 overview

  • 1Description

The MR-1000 from Korg is an ultra-portable digital recorder that offers incredibly high-fidelity, 1-bit recording at a terrific price. Great for use in the field or the studio, the MR-1000 records to a 40GB internal hard drive to store up to six hours of audio at highest quality, or approximately 60 hours at CD-quality. The XLR/TRS combo inputs, along with RCA and XLR outputs allow you to connect virtually any audio device to the unit. A high-speed USB 2.0 port is included for interfacing with your Mac or PC.

The MR-1000 can operate on AC power or by eight "AA" batteries, great for use while you're on-the-go. The easy-to-use interface and large backlit LCD make it easy to work efficiently. The durable body is built to last, and the included case adds further protection without hindering operability. The included AudioGate software allows you to easily convert your 1-bit recordings into WAV and AIFF formats at varying bit rates, and vice-versa, in real-time.

Note: The included AC adapter does not act as a charger. It will simply operate the device.

1-Bit "Future-Proof" Audio
The MR-1000 records and plays back DSDIFF, DSF, and WSD 1-bit formats at rates up to 5.6448MHz (twice that of DSD standards) to preserve every nuance of the original audio.
Multiple File Formats
In addition to the 1-bit formats, the recorder will record and play back WAV and BWF files at up to 24-bit/192kHz, as well as play back MP3 files.
High-Quality Components
All of the internal components have been carefully chosen to provide the best audio quality with minimal interference and degradation.
Portable
The lightweight, durable unit is great for use in the studio or out in the field.
Flexible Power
Operate off of AC mains or eight "AA" batteries.
Large Capacity
The 40GB internal hard drive can hold approximately six hours of audio at the highest quality setting, or 60 hours at CD-quality.
Easy-to-Use
The simple interface and large backlit LCD make it easy to operate the MR-1000.
Connectivity
XLR/TRS combo input jacks with phantom power, along with RCA and XLR outputs, let you connect a variety of audio equipment. A 1/4" headphone output is included for monitoring.
High-Speed USB
The high-speed USB 2.0 port provides fast transfers to and from your Mac or PC.
AudioGate Software
The included software lets you convert your 1-bit recordings to WAV and AIFF files in varying bit-rates (and vice-versa). It accomplishes this conversion in real-time, and offers features such as DC offset removal, gain control, and more.
Accessories Included
The included AC adapter can also act as a charger, and the carrying case adds further protection while still allowing you to operate the recorder.
In the Box
Korg MR-1000 - 1-Bit Professional Digital Mobile Recorder
  • AC Adapter
  • Carrying Bag
  • Software CD-ROM
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Korg MR-1000 specs

    Type 1-bit Portable Digital Recorder with 40GB Internal Hard Drive
    Recording/Reading Methods DSDIFF, DSF, WSD, WAV, BWF, MP3

    MP3 is Playback Only

    Recording Bit Rate DSDIFF, DSF, WSD: 1-bit
    WAV, BWF: 16, 24-bit
    Sampling Frequency DSDIFF, DSF, WSD: 2.8224, 5.6448MHz
    WAV, BWF: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz
    Number of Channels 2
    Frequency Response 10Hz - 20kHz (±1dB @ Fs44.1kHz)
    10Hz - 40kHz (±1dB @ Fs88.2/96/176.4/192kHz)
    10Hz - 100kHz (1-bit)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 96dB (Typical)
    Dynamic Range 120dB
    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.008% (Typical)
    Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS Combo Jacks
    1 x Power Input
    Outputs 1 x Stereo RCA Phono Output (2 Jacks)
    2 x XLR Outputs
    1 x USB 2.0 Connector
    1 x 1/4" Stereo Headphone Output
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.6 x 6.7 x 2.2" (192 x 170 x 56mm)
    Weight 2.2 lbs (1kg) (Without Batteries)

    Korg MR-1000 reviews

    MR-1000 - 1-Bit Professional Digital Mobile Recorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overkill for Film The 1 bit quality is overkill for Film and Video Applications. I haven't had a chance to use the 1 bit for anything other than archiving my music masters and recording Foley sound effects. I have to eventually down-sample to 48k in most cases. It is future proof but for video, time-code is a more useful feature. I'll hold on to it because if I am to record a seminar or band with intentions to deliver a data disc or superCD this is great. Just not good if your intentions are to sync with video later. The Tascam is all you need.
    Date published: 2009-11-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have I used the MR-1000 for several live concert recording sessions, and many studio back up work. I'm very satisfied with the result it came out. The 1-bit recording is what I need. It could produce the highest quality recording in a professional's hand. B & H is of course my first choice in terms of professional gears purchasing.
    Date published: 2008-09-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCEPTIONAL AUDIO QUALITY - OUT OF SYNC! Uses: Professional recording of stereo SFX and music performances Great: Portable, compact,excellent audio recordings Not great:8 brand new Duracells lasted 20mins (on 3 occasions!) and a 1hour 15min stereo recording of a live concert was out of sync by almost two seconds! Use only for short duration sync recordings ....!
    Date published: 2008-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb recorder for live concerts I've had my MR-1000 for about a month and have recorded 3 organ recitals using TLM103 pair. In all cases I've used the default 5.6MHz option, using Audiogate to convert files to 96KHz/32Bit IEEE-Float files. Flawless operation of machine, equally flawless copy to computer via USB 2.0 port. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2008-02-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Red Camera of Audio Recording The product detail uses words like, Location recording but the manual says don't move device while power is on. I wish Korg would make their minds up about the durability of this product but I have been using it for Location Sound Recording as in, movie and foley audio. I was torn about timecode so I bought a slate with sticks. I was torn about being limited to two channels when I could have 4 with the R-44 but having two means I just need to use my 3 channel mixer more efficiently. This recorder is small, easy to use, and looks very stylish. I think this device was aimed towards the music market. I think it is strong enough to take some film style abuse. I think the MR-1000 is the Red Camera of Audio recorders. The buttons are big and easy to push. The menu is simple. The thing I don't like is that the file organization system was designed for SONGS and not TAKES for film use. What I mean by that is when you hit record and stop, that take is organized on the hard drive as a folder by itself. So at the end of the day when you have 100+ folders to rename it gets tedious to open each one up to get your audio file. If you are torn between this, the Tascam, and the Edirol, read each of the manuals online, or if you are in NYC go to B&H and check them out. I bought this guy because the price was right and I'm a sound quality addict. It also comes with its case, and free software for converting your audio. I'll pick 1-bit over timecode any-day. 4 channels would be nice. I might be able to omit my mixer from the chain. But the Edirol had a lot of bells and whistles that I would never use, like onboard effects. It was a painful decision, but I believe I made the right one for me. Korg has never let me down.
    Date published: 2009-07-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for SFX Hang it on your shoulder wired to a pair of mics and walk around the city picking up SFX of staggering quality. The playback (only possible from the MR1000 itself) - puts you right back in the field you recorded. The Audiogate software is flawless in translations. Old rhythm tracks I put through the box and then played also sounded better, pristine - as if they had been sonically expanded.
    Date published: 2010-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding audio recordings anywhere The recordings made out of the box with the MR1000 far exceed the most complex digitisation I've been able to get with any PC-based solution (and this includes Protools). It's easy to set up (you basically plug in the recording source and turn it on, then press 'Record' to start recording!), it has a good range of level controls and clipping options for those strange input configurations, and it's trivial to redo and check new recordings. While the DSD and WSD/DFF (1-bit) native files aren't editable directly, it's dead simple to add in live markers that can then be used to navigate through the playback. Once you're happy you've captured what you want, it's super simple to transfer the recordings in any of the formats to a PC for detailed editing and manipulation. The included Audiogate software allows direct playback of all supported file formats, and is amazingly capable of format conversion to/from any of the supported formats. Typical DSD to high-def WAV conversions take place at around 5x normal speed, and faster if you transfer the source files first and convert them on the target system. You really haven't heard a good recording until you've heard a 1-bit reproduction with this unit, it's quite amazing to hear the dynamic range available. There are some basic filename editing functions available on the unit itself, but you're better off leaving the naming until later. The default auto-generated unique filenames are fine unless you need more than 200 recordings per folder - but then you can create your own folders if you really want to. The rest of the well-thought-out menu system allows for a pretty full set of utilities, such as reformatting the hard drive, updating the system software, and connecting/disconnecting the USB connection without pulling the cable out. I don't use it outside a studio, but I have tested the battery life, and it easily meets the manual specs - roughly 4 hours regardless of battery type. Using NiMH rechargeables is definitely a good option. I've gotten 6 hours out of lithiums, but at nearly $50 a set, the extra time wasn't worth it for me! I got a chance to play with a prototype a few years ago, and there have been some great software improvements, but the hardware didn't need improving at all, it was fine as-is. The other MR models are basically the same guts (processor, sampling, input, and controls) in different boxes, just with more or fewer connection features. The only caveats I've come across are that you do have to be careful when breaking the USB connection - you just can't pull the cable out, or the unit will need to be reset - and powering down - you have to wait until the power button shutdown completes before pulling the power cable. But then, both of those are no-nos in any case! You'll also find that after considerable recording, deleting, moving, re-recording, and so on, that the hard drive does require defragmenting, and this needs to be done via a PC. But if, like me, you collect a fair number of recordings, then transfer them all to the PC, it's actually quicker and easier to simply use the menu to reformat the hard drive!
    Date published: 2010-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid recorder. Very solid piece of gear. Very straight forward to use, and the pres sound surprisingly good for the cost. The only small qualm I have with it is that the AC power cord doesn't fit very snugly into the unit when plugged in. Otherwise, it's a great solution to high def mobile recording.
    Date published: 2010-11-11
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