The Alesis i02 Express... The Alesis iMultiMix 8 USB... Hmm... I really, really want one (LOL)
Have you seen this thing? I am a audio gear head and this is mad cool. The specs just made me start my Christmas wish list really early (LOL). I have an Alesis i02 (with the red markings) and I am trying to figure out what the bit rate is on it (because I really did not pay attention to that when I brought it (bad mommy blogger - LOL).
To quote Alesis regarding an overview of the i02 Express: "The iO2 EXPRESS is a compact, audio-recording interface for home studios and portable recording setups. This two-channel USB device for Mac and PC-based systems enables you to record at up to 24-bit resolution for input into virtually all DAW, recording, and performance software. This compact recording interface is small enough to comfortably fit into your mobile recording rig, laptop bag, or backpack, yet contains high-quality components and circuitry suitable for the studio."
Now, if you really want to drool you have to go for the iMultiMix 8 USB by Alesis. It records directly into the iPod.To quote Alesison the iMultiMix: "The iMultiMix 8 USB is a sturdy, compact all-in-one tabletop mixer and recorder that features 100 studio grade 28–bit digital effects, a built–in limiter to avoid distorted recordings and an integrated iPod dock with control wheel transport controls for fast, easy direct–to–iPod recording. The iMultiMix 8 USB represents the first mixer to fuse together professional quality mixing, 3 band per channel EQ, guitar/line inputs and iPod recording in a single, intuitive package. For ultra–clean live recordings of nearly any performance, including home studios, musicians, podcasters, and houses of worship, the iMultiMix 8 USB is an ideal solution. Once recordings are completed simply use the convenient transfer to iTunes feature to move your recordings to a computer with Mac OS X or Windows XP or Vista without need for a special driver or complicated set–up. All channels are recorded down to CD Quality stereo 44.1 or 48kHz. The iMultiMix 8 USB can also playback music from the iPod, and mix your live performance instantly with the iPod."
They are both gorgeous and serve excellent purposes. Having both means I can give away my original Alesis to a friend, give the shorties the small one when I am working on the larger one and expand my portable digital recording studio.
Every time I start recording music my kids kick me to the curb and take over the equipment. They love microphones. The stuff they record sometimes drives me crazy. Seriously crazy. There are days when they just make noise and don't even try to make music. You have no idea how many musical tracks they have mutilated with me driving while they have my laptop or with me stepping away to go to the bathroom and/or kitchen (LOL). I kinda encourage themexploring the electronics because I love the fact that they are trying to make music and are learning the software interface. Nothing beats a try... They like Sony Acid 7 Pro and Motu Digital Performer. By the time they hit their teens who knows what my kids will be creating. Did I mention my kids are crazy? :-)
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