Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black)

Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black)

Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • WAV and MP3 Recording
  • Up to 24-Bit/96 kHz Capture
  • Built-In Microphones
  • 4GB Internal Memory
  • microSD/Memory Stick Micro Slot
  • USB Port
  • Pre-Record Function
  • Pitch Control
  • Includes 2x AA Batteries
  • Includes AC Adapter
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Sony PCM-M10 Overview

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The black PCM-M10 from Sony is a compact digital audio recorder that packs a wealth of features into a rugged design. The PCM-M10 can record MP3 or WAV files at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz. The stereo audio files can be stored on the 4GB of internal flash memory, or to a removable microSD or Memory Stick Micro card. The unit has built-in microphones for stereo recording, as well as 3.5mm mic- and line-input jacks for connecting an external mic, portable music player, and more.

The PCM-M10 features a 5-second pre-record buffer, ensuring that you never miss a priceless audio moment, even if you hit the record button a moment too late. The recorder also has digital pitch control, allowing you to adjust your recordings. The built-in USB port allows you to quickly transfer your files to a computer, while the monochrome LCD screen provides an intuitive operating interface. The recorder operates on standard AA batteries for easy replacement in the field.

Compact and Rugged
The small and robust construction make this an ideal recorder for musicians or sound effects recordists working in the field
High-Quality Audio
The unit records MP3 or WAV files at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz to capture every nuance
Storage Options
Audio can be stored to the 4GB internal flash memory, or to removable microSD or Memory Stick Micro flash cards
Onboard Mics
Onboard stereo microphones capture lively audio, and have LED level indicators
Input Jacks
Standard 3.5mm mic and line inputs allow you to connect an external mic, music player, computer, and more
Record Buffer
A 5-second pre-record buffer allows to you capture audio from 5 seconds prior to hitting the record button, so that you never miss a priceless moment
LCD Screen
The monochrome LCD screen and intuitive buttons make it easy for anyone to use the recorder
USB Port
A USB port is provided for quick file transfer to a Mac or Windows computer
Pitch Control
Digital pitch control lets you manipulate audio files
AA Batteries
The recorder uses standard AA batteries for easy field replacement
In the Box
Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black)
  • Wired Remote
  • USB Cable
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Sound Forge LE Software
  • AC Adapter
  • Hand Strap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony PCM-M10 Specs

    Type Handheld Stereo Recorder
    Recording/Reading Methods Internal 4 GB Flash Memory
    Memory Stick Micro (M2) and microSD (Optional)
    Recording Bit Rate WAV - 16, 24-bit
    MP3 - 64-320kbps
    Sampling Frequency WAV - Up to 96 kHz
    MP3 - Up to 44.1 kHz
    Number of Channels 2
    Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (44.1 kHz)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 87 dB or higher
    Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) < 0.03%
    Inputs 1 x 3.5 mm Mic Input
    1 x 3.5 mm Line Input
    3 x Built-In Condenser Microphones
    1 x 3.5 mm Remote Input
    Outputs 1 x 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone/Line Out Jack
    1 x Mini USB 2.0 Port
    Power 2 x AA Batteries
    USB Bus Power
    Battery Life 19-46 Hours, Depending on Recording Mode
    Display Backlit LCD
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.5 x 4.5 x 0.9" (64 x 114 x 23 mm)
    Weight 6.6 oz (187 g) (With Batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.1 x 5.5 x 2.8"

    Sony PCM-M10 Reviews

    PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder (Black) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 292.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little device! Nice line in! I bought it to use with a field mixer, - mixpre-d, because Sony m10 offers great line in in a small package. I need everything to be small, so i find it is great for documentaries and indie filmmakers, you can take it with you in a pocket and you will be sure that everything will be recorded, i also find pre-recording option very useful. I would pay for sure two-three times more if Sony would make m10 more rugged, for example water protected aluminium body etc.. Also great battery life is a big plus for me. Forgot to say that it is also great that you can record things being invisible, sometimes it makes sense and can save you)
    Date published: 2014-12-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new best friend I use this with a mid-side microphone mounted in a repurposed satellite dish to record birds... more exactly loons. Unlike other birds, the loon does not sign continuously, the 5 seconds pre- recording is making it so much easier. The unit's remote control is a must if you use pre-rec with the built-in mics. The unit is not draining the batteries very much, replaceable alkaline batteries are a blessing when operating away from power sources for days. The built in mics are very sensitive yet quiet. With the changeable 16 gig micro SDHC (16 hours at 44.1 x 24 bit) you can record a lot. No flexibility on external mic connectivity though, no wind shield included
    Date published: 2012-08-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding little recorder I am a drummer and I bought this little M-10 to record my bands rehearsals. This unit works outstandingly. It is easy to operate and gets incredible results. It took just a few trial runs to figure out levels, etc. but once established....wow! Pretty decent results from such a simple little device. I am now using the M-10 on some smaller gigs to record mostly drums (placing it 4'to 6' or so behind the kit standing up with mics pointing up) but I have found that it is sensitive enough that it will also do a very nice job to pick up other instruments around me to still make a very nice recording. Simple...yes, but very clear and exactly what I want!
    Date published: 2012-05-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sound Hunting Everywhere Love it, can't get enough of it. Everything work perfectly, its fast and easy to use. I love the auto-gain switch on the back. This recorder is small and compact and has easy access to on the go functions. I got rid of my zoom h4n for this since it was too bulky. The sony does lack in features compared to the zoom yes, but features are useless if you left your recorder at home because its too big. I have the sony on me at all times! not in my backpack, ON ME i my pocket. Ready to go when i need it! The point is to record sounds, a variety of sounds. This one works.
    Date published: 2012-11-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a revelation in simplified quality I record acoustic jazz sessions often in less than ideal spaces. After many years of using Hi mini disc devices I researched the many currently available linear recorders and ultimately chose the Sony PCM M10. I do use this recorder with it's inbuilt mics in hurried situations and it's very good, however using a quality out board stereo mic with the PCM M10 absolutely bowled me over. The natural timbre of real instruments is captured in great and convincing detail It also reveals subtle spacial and ambient information that have taken my recordings to a whole other level This is a remarkable product and would be a bargain even at a much greater price
    Date published: 2011-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing Wrong with the speaker Excellent little recorder. I use it to record solo violin, then transfer the recordings to my computer. I use Sonar to edit the recordings,so I didn't bother to load the included software. Several reviewers commented on the weak sound volume from this unit. If they would read the comprehensive instruction booklet, they would discover as a safety precaution, the unit is shipped from the factory with the sound output set to Headphone. Use the menu to change the sound out to Line Out and the use the volume control and the speaker is just fine. It always helps to read the instructions. By the way, the instruction booklet is over 100 pages, and it's not in triplicate, (English/French/Spanish) it's all English. So plan on spending some time reading.
    Date published: 2011-12-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great recorder I can only echo the other rave reviews of this recorder. I haven't had it long enough to do much with it, but so far it's done everything well. The audio will be used in my artwork, video and audio pieces. Recordings are clear and clean. The highest quality setting is a great feature allowing lots of processing later. You can always compress a file for other uses but if the original recording is compressed, you're stuck. The recorder comes with SoundForge audio editing software for Windows but interfaces with my Macintosh without trouble. Plug in the included USB cable and it's just another item on the desktop. The files can be used in whatever editing application you use.
    Date published: 2011-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy with my purchase... Ok first I am not into music and I am not using this device for this purpose. What I am using it for is: meetings college courses lectures church events So far so good I love how it works. I love how clear the recordings are. Right out of the box without changing a single setting I have professional clear recordings. My only complaint is the case that came with it, I would have liked something with a belt loop so I can carry this item around better but the case is rugged and protects the unit even with that flaw. The best part of the unit is the included wired remote. Easy to use and helps keep you hand away from the unit from having to later delete finger noise from starting a recording.
    Date published: 2010-12-08
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    question

    Will the 3.5mm microphone input power a condenser microphone that requires power from the mike input to work? (I don't mean XLR mikes but rather mikes like the Rode VideoMicro or Rode VideoMic GO).
    Asked by: Andrew C.
    This recorder will supply the small amount plug-in power voltage required by microphones that require it like many lavalier mics and the RODE GO Videomic.
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Does this recorder using the sd card and proper software and proper pedal work with a mac?
    Asked by: robert r.
    The recorded audio file are compatible with all Mac OS versions.
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    May the wired remote be purchased separately? The one that came with the recorder does not work. I tried it for the first time after purchase of recorder one year ago. Thank you.
    Asked by: Giancarlo T.
    The included remote control is not available as an accessory purchase from B&amp;H. Please contact SONY Professional directly:-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------http://bit.ly/1PE7q62
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Will this recorder record and playback when connected to a USB power source (i.e. a car charger)?
    Asked by: Andrew C.
    I believe it will not. However, it can run on 2 AA batteries for a surprisingly long time (dozens of hours), so there is really no need for an alternative power source. If you are going on a trip, just have spare batteries. It will work on Li ion rechargeable batteries, too, but not for so long.
    Answered by: Sergei T.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Using a mic, can I record vocals over karaoke CDs?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I am very sorry but I only use my PCM-M10 to record Bird calls. I'm not into doing what you ask. This unit is really what I wanted and does the best job. I am very satisfied with it. Wildlife Photography / Michael L. Smith
    Answered by: Mike the Bird.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    My heart's broken that this recorder is discontinued. What's a good similar model currently available?
    Asked by: Frederick G.
    My heart is ALSO broken that this recorder is discontinued. I would love to buy another one. In my opinion, there's no replacement. If you hunt one down, buy it instantly.
    Answered by: Dejan T.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    1) Is the line input mono or stereo? 2) Can the USB port be used as an input for audio coming out of an A/D adapter to record in stereo to the Sony PCM-M10?
    Asked by: Chaz A.
    Thanks, everyone. All questions answered. I ordered the unit and have been using it and am very happy with it!
    Answered by: Chaz A.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Does this come with an AC power supply?
    Asked by: John N.
    There is no AC power supply nor is there a need for one.
    Answered by: Charles R.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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