Gimme a Pocket Studio!
It had to happen, was just a matter of time, and that time
is at last now come.
Imagine living life as a musician and composer with the heart
of one's studio always in one's jacket pocket!
Ah ~ gimme!!
Well, Toneworks' good ole Pandora line of effects boxes is
now finally blossoming out into a guitar-player's best buddy
with the new PXR4 (released in November in the USA with suggested
retail price of $500, but available cheaper)
This here's an ultra-compact 4-track digital recorder packing
a serious punch for musicians on the go. High-quality digital
recording and playback, comprehensive editing including trick
features like time compression and expansion, tons of great sounding
digital effects, even a built-in mic'. The PXR4 delivers everything
you need to record, mix and edit your songs from start to finish.
The whole magic of the machine rides upon MPEG format recording
onto SmartMedia cards, providing up to eight virtual tracks or
"takes" per channel, three recording modes (Economy,
Standard, High-Quality) and up to 99 songs and 270 minutes of
Standard mode provides good recording resolution and offers an
excellent balance between recording quality and memory use. High-quality
mode captures impeccable clarity, and Economy mode delivers maximum
recording time on SmartMedia cards ranged from 8 to 128 MB. The
PXR4 can also transfer song data to and from a computer in stereo
MPEG format via a built-in USB port.
Editing functions such as Copy, Insert, Erase, Delete, Time Compression/Expansion,
and Virtual Track Copy/Delete bring a new level of control to
such ultra-portability. The eight 'virtual' tracks per track
also allow one to record multiple takes of the same track and
then select one. There's punch in/out, bounce, copy and delete
functions, and lots else you'd expect from a digital recorder
many times larger,.. including time compression/expansion to
speed up or slow down phrases without altering pitch.
Front panel contains five faders, one per track, plus one master
fader, as well as controls for all the unit's key features. Selecting
parameters and editing is easy with a clear intuitive icon-based
user interface and backlit display.
For inputs, there are a 1/4" jack with a hi/low impedance
switch plus a stereo line/mic' input. For outputs there are a
1/8" stereo out jack, a stereo headphone output and a USB.
Now get this!..
The PXR4 is equipped with 77 different types of studio-quality
modeling effects featuring Korg's proprietary Resonant Electronic
Modeling System (REMS) technology, and a 32 kHz sampling rate
for ultra-realistic guitar, bass, drums, amp and mic simulations.
100 factory programs are included, with room for 100 user programs
as well. Studio-quality effects range from ultra-realistic models
of amazing guitar amps and pedals to some of the world's great
microphones. There's also 55 high-quality PCM rhythm patterns
(and 32 metronome patterns) covering all modern styles including
BigBeat, House, Reggae, Rock, Funk, Hip Hop and so on.
At 4.8" wide, 4.25" high, 1.33" deep and running
off two AA batteries or an AC adapter, the PXR4 is a Pandora
effect we could all do with a little bit of in our lives.
Like I said ~ Gimme!