Marantz PMD660 (No Longer Available)
Professional Compact Flash Recorder with 5-1/2 Hour Record Time and MP3, WAV and BWF Support
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From Our Research Team:
New Field Recording Freedom!The PMD660 represents the next generation of field recording. Professional field recording means more than just "battery-operated." It takes ruggedness, flexibility, specialized features, and the highest audio quality. It also takes experience to really understand what happens in the field, and to design the right tools for the job. Marantz Professional has that experience. For more than 20 years, Marantz Professional has designed and built field recorders that are up to the challenge, and the PMD660 is no exception. Critical field applications like electronic journalism, technical investigation, and documenting legal proceedings have been waiting for a high-powered, high-quality, high-reliability solid-state recorder in a compact package. Now Marantz Professional has answered-with the PMD660.
Marantz PMD660 at a Glance:
Pro recorder small enough to fit in your hand!
The new PMD660 recorder is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but it has features that make more expensive, full-sized field recorders green with envy. It can run for hours on just four AA batteries. It records on CompactFlash media cards which you can find in any discount store, and will store more than 36 hours of mono .mp3 files on a single card. If audio quality is your key requirement, you get over an hour of pristine, uncompressed, 16-bit WAV files on one card. Editing on the PMD660 can be achieved right in the field using either of two editing modes, or you can use your favorite audio editing application by transferring files to your PC - the PMD660 even has its own USB port. XLR inputs, phantom power, built-in mics and more-it's all there in the PMD660. One last thing. Because the PMD660 is a solid-state recorder, it has no moving parts to break or service. There - it just paid for itself.
Solid-state design with no moving parts
The PMD660 is the newest generation of "Flash Recorders." By storing audio data on Compact Flash (CF) media cards, all of the mechanical hassles of tape recorders are gone forever-as are the costs of servicing and maintaining them. Solid State Technology makes the PMD660 less vulnerable to bumps, vibrations, and sonic deterioration over the long haul. Not only that, but CF storage allows you to choose from several recording formats, and makes transfer to computers a snap.
Long record times on single CompactFlash card
No more flipping tapes! With the PMD660 a single 1GB flash card can hold up to 36 hours of uninterrupted audio (monaural .mp3 at 64 kbps). For music recording, the same size card can hold more than 17 hours high-quality compressed stereo (.mp3 at 128 kbps). If you need the unmatched quality of uncompressed audio, you can get about one-and-a-half CDs worth of 16-bit linear PCM audio at 44.1kHz or 48kHz on the same 1GB card.
Professional XLR mic inputs
Let's face it. Plugging professional-grade microphones into an 1/8" jack is asking for trouble. The PMD660 offers two balanced XLR mic inputs with 48-volt phantom power. And just in case you don't have the time, space or budget to use external microphones, the PMD660 includes a stereo pair of condenser mics built right in.
Edit in the box!
In the end, you'll probably want your audio from the PMD660 to be used for broadcast, or burned to a CD for evidence, documentation, or just for convenient playback. You'll want to edit out dead air and irrelevant information. You can do this right on the PMD660 with cut-and-paste simplicity using the "Copy Segment" mode. You don't need to worry about mistakes, because the PMD never erases your original recording. Once you have it the way you like it (or if you prefer to edit on your computer or DAW), you can transfer your audio files to a PC for broadcast or CD burning through the PMD660's built-in USB Port.
99 virtual tracks
For more sophisticated editing jobs, the PMD660 features Marantz Professional's exclusive "Virtual Track" mode. In this mode, you can create up to 99 virtual tracks-internal playlists of audio segments. You simply tell the PMD660 what segments of a file to play, and in what order, and it does it-without altering the original file in any way, and without using up more card memory. Need 5 and 10-second sound bites and a two-minute interview segment, all from the same file? It's easy with virtual tracks.
Long battery life for reliable field performance
Tired of lugging around six extra D-Cells just so you can interrupt your recording to change batteries half-way through an event? The PMD660 will run for four hours on four AA cells. You can carry an extra set around and not even notice they're there-not that you'll need them.
Marantz PMD660 Features:
The Marantz PMD660 is a field recording dream come true!
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by maddog from monterey county CAtalk about lazy man's home studio! i plug in Shure 57 and 58 mikes, record, pull the 2gig card out, plug it into the computer, copy and edit, delete the files on the flash card, take it back to the sp... read more [+]are bedroom studio, and record some more. there is zero bleed-over between channels. and sound level adjustment keeps from clipping the freqs. totally perfect for my stuff. and a big thanks to Mike, ext 1334....a true class act. close [-]
June 24, 2006
Music Background: open mike and parking lot jammer fun, kinda player
Just right for my needs
by Brent from Raleigh NCI use it for simple portable recording of live symphonic and chamber music, for which the PMD660 is ideal. AA battery power gives several hours of recording without any need for external power. Quick ... read more [+]setup and very simple. Phantom power works great with high quality condenser mic set-up (Rode) to give superb recorded quality. User interface is simple and intuitive with a very short "learning curve". close [-]
May 12, 2008
Music Background: Classical (and sometimes jazz) clarinetist
by Allan Ontko from Charleston, SC, USAI had a chance to use a friend's PMD660 on a recent Study Tour covering 60 historic pipe organs in 14 days. I needed a unit that would stand being knocked around and set up 3 or 4 times a day, and wh... read more [+]ich would deliver an impeccable recording.
October 1, 2007
Music Background: organist, composer, pipe organ architect
The PMD660 delivered on all accounts. Using fantastic mics from Core-Sound I was able to come home with more than 20gb of audio with no glitches. The quality of the recordings was such that they could be transferred to a master CD with no manipulation needed.
The unit may be big and a bit bulky at times, but it survived being dropped on the hard stone floor of more than one church with no ill effects.
I have just ordered one of my own, and I naturally got it from Sweetwater. The combination of great equipment and great service can't be beat! close [-]
Perfect for recording rehearsals......easy to use!
by Roy Bertucci from Lafayette, LouisianaSound Quality is excellent for recording band rehearsals in the .wav recording mode. 4GB Compact Flash cards hold about 6 hours of uncompressed .wav files. Internal microphones are adequate for voice ... read more [+]but you'll want to use external microphones for studio quality input. Phantom power is available on the XLR inputs which power my 2 CAD mikes beautifully. It has a warm, rich, full bodied sound quality which translates to DAW without the need for re-leveling in most cases. Phantom power will drain the batteries quickly so plug it in for extended sessions. I recommend getting 2 large CF cards. Once you read the manual the buttons are pretty intuitive. It has programmable setups that you can store. I use one program for internal mikes with auto level control and another for my external CAD mikes and manual level control. All-in All....it's awesome and thank you Mike Rancourt. Buy it....you'll like it. close [-]
September 12, 2007
Music Background: Pro Musician / Home Studio Engineer
Marantz is renowned for providing some of the world's best professional stereo recording equipment, and the PMD660 CompactFlash recorder is no exception. I recommend it to anyone looking to "step up" to a professional grade recorder at a very affordable price.
Chrystal, McMinnville, TN
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