updated 11:30 am EST, Sat January 17, 2009
USB Recording Kit
Alesis has announced its USB Recording Kit, a complete computer-recording system on display at the NAMM show. The bundles allows recording higher quality audio by combining AM2 condenser microphones and two-way active studio monitors with a digital audio recording interface. Recording music involves only hooking the equipment up through any computer using two USB ports and a pair or microphone cables.
The AM2 stereo microphone set contains a matched pair of AM2 condenser microphones, an XY-stereo mount, and miniature cardioid condensers to offer a switchable pad and high-pass filter for managing the signal.
The iO/2 digital audio interface comes complete with two XLR-1/4-inch combination inputs and 48V phantom power, and provides inputs for users to plug in microphones and instruments. The device sends CD-quality 16bit 44.1 kHz audio to a userís computer via USB.
The M1Active 320 USB studio monitors carry 1-inch silk-dome tweeters and 3-inch lightweight woofers with both analog and USB inputs. Each speaker contains additional inputs to let them work as stand-alones when connected through USB.
Compatible with Windows XP/Vista or Mac OS 8 and later, the kit is $400 with an estimated street price of $300.