PARK RIDGE, NJ - At the AES show, Sony (www.sony.com/professional) introduced a palm-sized portable digital recorder capable of capturing 96kHz/24-bit audio. Weighing just 18.5 ounces (with batteries), the PCM-D1 records sound to a 4GB internal drive via two built-in condenser microphones.
The body of the portable recorder is constructed out of 1mm thick pressed titanium for durability in the field. Small roll bars protect its two mics. The unit also has a slot for a removable Memory Stick Pro card, as well as a USB 2.0 port for transferring recordings to a workstation.
Analog level meters with LED peak overload indicators and an LCD display with comprehensive recorder status indication and menu selection are featured on the face of the unit, which runs on four AA rechargeable batteries, providing approximately 4.0 hours of 96kHz recording.
The Sony PCM-D1 recorder is expected to be available in December at a suggested list price of $2,000.