Our first in a series of reviews focussed on the Portable Audio Recorder. We tend to have a great interest in these devices due to our own use for the video work that we do, so we always jump at the chance to take a look at 'em.
First up is the Yamaha Pocketrak 2G
- Sound Quality
- Value for money
Launched at Winter NAMM 2008, the 2G is the first personal audio recorder from Yamaha, and boy is it small, easily the smallest one we've come across.
- It's Tiny! Smallest pocket recorder available. Easy to carry around.
- Replaceable battery with fantastic battery life.
- Decent sound quality, quick to record on 'Auto Levels'
- Lots of features - Voice Activated recording, Music Player, Alarm, etc.
- Holds synch very well with Video, even at 44.1kHz
- Built in speaker for confidence monitoring
- Playback at 1/2speed for learning/transcribing
Summary â€“ if you need an extremely small audio recorder, there's nothing to touch it.
- It's Tiny! Small buttons are fiddly to use. Easy to lose. Anything plugged into it is likely to be heavier [cables pulled the 2G off the table more than once]
- USB 'switchblade' is a bit gimmicky â€“ better to use standard mini-USB connector [what if you lose the USB extender and it doesn't plug in your machine?]
- Built-in mics & limiter struggle with loud music.
- Only records WAV at 44.1kHz
Yamaha's 2G Page
Available now $450, Â£289, â‚¬376