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Videos by American Songwriter

There are two exemplary new recording devices that all songwriters should be exploring for possible purchase in 2008. One is the Zoom Handy Recorder, which we covered in a previous issue. The second is the Micro-track II from M-Audio.

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There are two exemplary new recording devices that all songwriters should be exploring for possible purchase in 2008. One is the Zoom Handy Recorder, which we covered in a previous issue. The second is the Micro-track II from M-Audio. They both can fit snugly into your back pocket. There’s a lot to be said about high quality gear that fits into your back pocket. The Micro-track II is a little pricier, but it’s on ear-to-ear level quality with the Zoom. The battery powered with 9V plug-in option Micro-track, like the Zoom, kills two birds with one stone; it enables you to document a work tape of quick shot ideas, inspiration and hi-fi on-the-go moments, but if you so choose, you can also produce a perfectly viable/pitchable guitar (or piano)/vocal performance that will give most lower-budget studio demos a run for their money. The end-quality of your session will depend on how you execute and maneuver levels for the increased gain capacity/range package (tweaked from the original Micro-track device). The 48V phantom-powered mic preamps and balanced ¼-inch line inputs ensure that the best technology available-for the size-is at your fingertips. To conclude, this is one of the biggest no-brainers in the history of Earth. Listen to Toby Keith: “Getcha Some.”

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