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24-bit/96kHz Portable Recorder with Internal Flash Memory, WAV File Capability, and Long Battery Life
Item ID: PCMD1

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Sony PCM-D1
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The Coolest Field Recorder Ever!

How's this for cool? Sony's new PCM-D1 portable recorder combines trademark professional quality with a heavy-duty enclosure that will make you the envy of everyone in the field. The 2-track PCM-D1 was created for high-quality mobile recording in an array of applications including live sound, house of worship and theatrical performance, as well as by journalists in the field.

Sony PCM-D1 Linear PCM Recorder at a Glance:
  • Lightweight field recorder with built-in stereo mics
  • 4GB internal Flash memory plus USB connectivity
  • Analog level meters and LCD recorder status display
  • Incredibly rugged titanium body and long battery life
Lightweight field recorder with built-in stereo mics

The new Sony PCM-D1 recorder is lightweight and free of all drive mechanisms. It comes equipped with extraordinarily sensitive, built-in condenser microphones in an XY configuration so recording in the field is as easy as aiming and pressing a button. The PCM-D1 is designed with circuits that process stereo sound with virtually no extraneous noise.

4GB internal Flash memory plus USB connectivity

The Sony PCM-D1 has 4GB of internal Flash memory, supports 24-bit/96kHz recording, offers a built-in USB 2.0 port (Mac/Win), and includes removable Memory Stick Pro high-speed storage capabilities. The recorder offers WAV-file format capability.

Analog level meters and LCD recorder status display

The PCM-D1 has analog level meters with LED peak overload indicators, and an LCD display with recorder status indication and menu selection options. The signal processing functions include SBM, limiter, and a 200Hz highpass filter.

Incredibly rugged titanium body and long battery life

The remarkable body of the PCM-D1 recorder is fashioned from pure 1mm-thick pressed titanium that's several times harder than the aluminum found on other machines. The recorder is powered by four AA nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries (batteries and charger are supplied). The PCM-D1's battery life during 96kHz operation is approximately 4 hours when using rechargeable AA batteries.

Sony PCM-D1 Linear PCM Recorder Features:
  • 24-bit/96kHz field recorder with light weight and pro quality
  • Built-in condenser microphones in XY configuration with low self-noise, high sensitivity and nearly 30kHz frequency response
  • WAV recording file format capability
  • Analog level meters with LED peak overload indicators
  • LCD display with comprehensive recorder status indication and menu selection
  • Four AA nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries and charger (supplied) Battery life at 96kHz approximately 4.0 hours with rechargeable AA batteries
  • Signal processing functions including SBM, limiter and 200Hz highpass filter
  • Weight 18.5 ounces (with batteries)
Take control in the field with the Sony PCM-D1 portable recorder!

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Sony PCM-D1 Review

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Manufacturer Part Number PCM-D1

Customer Reviews

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Sweetwater Advice

Chris Lyles

One of the first things I noticed about the PCM-D1 was how solid it is. This machine is built to last! Its body is made of 1mm thick, pure titanium, and the surface is scratch-resistant (which put my mind at ease when I was handling it). The built-in electret condenser mics are protected by a stainless steel "cage" to prevent impact damage to the mics. Sony definitely took measures to make this thing durable. When I finally got over how well built it is, I decided to try some test clips. I had no problem doing so. Everything is incredibly simple to use. The controls are where you would think they would be, and recording is a snap. Just a touch of a button or two, and you can do most anything you want. Changing sample rates and bit-depth is just as easy. I felt extremely comfortable using the PCM-D1, and I was able to do what I wanted quickly and easily. I ended up with several recordings, most of which were Foley material (doors opening, toilets flushing, footsteps, etc.). Honestly, I was amazed at the quality. The mics are top-notch, and the signal path is crystal clear. You'll just have to hear for yourself how amazing it is! Storage is certainly no issue with the PCM-D1. It comes with 4GB of internal memory - that's huge! And if that's not enough, you can use its Memory Stick Pro slot to record onto Memory Stick Pro media (not included). Transferring your files to a Mac or PC for storage is ridiculously easy. Just plug it in to a USB port, and the recorder appears as a USB mass storage device. Just drag and drop the files where you want them! Bottom line: If you're looking for quality, durability, and an easy, fun experience recording, the PCM-D1 has it all.
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