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Korg MR2000SBK

Rackmount Mobile DSD 1-Bit Recorder

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The MR-2000S-BK combines Korg's legendary MR Series' unprecedented audio quality with the features that the modern studio demands, creating the ideal mastering and mixdown recorder. The single-rackspace design and ample on-board hard drive delivers a compact way to capture and carry away the sound you were hearing in the mixing environment. The rich black studio finish, backlit LCD, and bright LED level meters provide excellent visibility and response speed, ensuring accurate monitoring. The MR-2000S-BK fulfills the professional ideal of a truly future-proof studio master recorder.

As with all of Korg's MR Series recorders, the MR-2000S-BK supports the 1-Bit/2.8224 MHz DSDIFF format used in creating the SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc). The MR-2000S-BK goes above and beyond this industry standard to provide 1-Bit/5.6448 MHz recording. At such accelerated sampling rates, the entire sound stage is faithfully captured, even during the softest passages. The clarity, ambience and true dynamic range of the original sound source are preserved with unprecedented accuracy.

By mastering in this superior format, the recorded material can always be re-created natively in whatever format you require, providing a true future-proof archive. In supporting these recording requirements, the MR-2000S-BK uses the highest-quality components available - the CS4398 Digital to Analog Converter from Cirrus Logic and the Burr-Brown PCM4202 Analog to Digital Converter from Texas Instruments Corporation - minimizing any possible degradation of the audio signal. In addition to the aforementioned 2.8 MHz and 5.6 MHz 1-Bit formats (DSDIFF, WSD and DSF formats are supported), the MR-2000S-BK is ready to record in any of the current 16-Bit and 24-Bit formats (from 44.1 kHz up to 192 kHz) directly, in BWF (Broadcast WAV) or AIFF formats, and can even playback MP3 files.

The internal 160 GB hard disk allows approximately 29 hours of recording at the highest quality (1-bit 5.6448 MHz stereo), or approximately 240 hours of CD-quality (16-bit 44.1 kHz stereo). You can connect the MR-2000S-BK to your PC via the USB 2.0-compatible port and transfer the recorded data at high speed. The MR-2000S-BK can also be used as a FAT32 USB external drive to carry source material and other files when needed.

The MR Control Link feature allows one MR-2000S-BK to be assigned as the master, controlling the recorder operations such as playback and recording on multiple MR2000S/S-BK Studio Recorders. The synchronization clock and transport control signals are relayed via standard S/P DIF cables. This means that 7.1 channel surround or multi-track live recordings can be conveniently captured in the superlative DSD format. This function is also valuable as a way to create 1-Bit archives of multi-track sources such as stem mixes.

Dual Mono Recording capability allows two mono files to be generated in place of a single stereo file. For example when using the MR Control Link function to record with four MR-2000S/S-BK units, using dual mono recording will allow the recorded result to be handled as eight monaural files, making it easier to quickly import the files into your DAW system. The MR-2000S-BK can also use the file name to detect stereo pair files within the same folder, and play them back as dual mono files; mono files recorded on a DAW (or other device) can also be played back.

When you record on the MR Series, two types of file are created; an audio file and a project file (which contains protect settings and mark data). These two files are collectively called a "project," and can be handled on the MR Series as a single audio file. The MR-2000S-BK lets you enter date information, and a date folder is created automatically for each day that you record. Each time you record, a project will be created in this folder. For each format, the MR-2000S-BK lets you create up to 400 date folders, with up to 400 projects in each date folder. It's also easy to perform file management tasks such as renaming, deleting, or protecting individual projects. You can also store up to 100 mark points in each project.

Setting Files enhance workflow efficiency
All critical MR-2000S-BK settings—input level, clock source, recording mode, etc.—can be memorized, named and saved as a Setting File. This feature allows you to save, manage, and load up to four hundred different operating setups. This means that even when different settings are used for different sessions, or when a single MR-2000S-BK unit is used by multiple engineers as a master recorder, you will be able to instantly resume your work simply by recalling the setting file that you saved for your current project. Additional improvements to your work flow include the ability to monitor audio while rewinding or fast-forwarding, making it easy to find the locate point at the beginning of a song or to set marker points.

The Ideal Connections for the Professional Workplace
The MR-2000S-BK offers the essential connectors for today's professional workplace. Analog connectors include XLR balanced input/output jacks, and RCA unbalanced input/output jacks. The reference level of the XLR jacks can be switched between -12/-14/-16/-18/-20 dB, allowing the MR-2000S-BK to be used in any recording environment from a music-related studio to a broadcast facility. Digital connectors include S/PDIF coaxial jacks for PCM sources, as well as word clock jacks for synchronization with other devices or additional MR-2000S-BK units.

AudioGate Software Included
KORG's acclaimed MR Series of high-resolution recorders, in combination with the AudioGate file format conversion application included with these recorders, gives you a new MR-Style solution with comprehensive support for the entire process of recording to mastering. Repeated updates to AudioGate have continued to expand the list of supported formats. Regardless of the format of your master, AudioGate will take care of your conversion needs. A high-resolution master recorded on the MR Series as 1-bit DSD or 24/192 PCM can be used to create a compressed file for network distribution, a PCM file edited and mixed on your DAW can be used to generate a DSDIFF file for use as an SACD master, or an SACD DSDIFF master can be converted to the native DSF file format of a DSD disc.

New features include extended support for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), Apple Remote support, WASAPI audio support (for MS Windows Vista/7) automatic sample rate switching, a recent songlist function, and more. Also AudioGate is one of the most innovative software applications that support the creation of "DSD discs," a topic of interest among audiophiles. When used in conjunction with an MR Series recorder, AudioGate lets you transfer your recording to media without impairing the pure audio quality that is distinctive of DSD, allowing you to not only create reference discs but also providing the ideal solution for archiving.

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  • Compact 1U design is ideal for studio or live sound application
  • 2-Track simultaneous recording; 2-Track simultaneous playback
  • Advanced DSD format offers the highest fidelity recording and playback
  • Multi-format versatility:
  • 5.6 MHz / 2.8 MHz DSD (1-Bit); Supports 1-Bit DSDIFF, WSD, and DSF formats
  • PCM 24-Bit/16-Bit; 44.1 kHz thru 196 kHz. Broadcast Wave Supported
  • MP3 Playback
  • 160 GB on-board hard drive
  • Detailed LED level meters (23 LEDs + Peak) with excellent visibility and response speed
  • Word Clock I/O provides sync to additional MR-2000S/S-BK recorders or other devices
  • MR Control Link can control the recorder functions on multiple MR2000S/S-BK units
  • Up to 400 projects can be created in the MR-2000S-BK for each recording date folder.
  • Exclusive AudioGate version 2.2 audio file convertor software is included
  • Recorder section
  • Number of tracks: 2 tracks, 2 tracks simultaneous playback/2 tracks simultaneous recording
  • Recording formats
  • -PCM audio format: BWF (extension .wav) 44.1 kHz @ 16/24 bit, 48 kHz @ 16/24 bit, 88.2 kHz @ 24 bit, 96 kHz @ 24 bit,176.4 kHz @ 24 bit, 192 kHz @ 24 bit
    -1-bit audio format: 2.8 MHz @ 1-bit, 5.6 MHz @ 1-bit, DSDIFF format (extension .dff), DSF (extension .dsf), WSD (extension .wsd)
  • -MP3 audio format (playback only): 44.1kHz/32kbps - 320kbps
  • Recording
  • Maximum approximately: 240 hours at 44.1 kHz/16 bit, 29 hours at 5.6 MHz/1- bit (for 160 GB hard disk), Maximum continuous recording 6 hours
  • Number: Recognizes a maximum of projects four hundred projects of each format
  • Mark points: 100 points per project *No mark names
  • USB functionality: Connect to computer via USB 2.0, usable as FAT32 USB external drive
  • Project editing: Rename, Delete, Protect
  • General
  • Display: 160 x 104 pixel, LCD with backlight
  • Level meter: -54dBFS – 0dBFS (PC audio); -54dBSACD – +3dBSACD (1-Bit audio); L and R each provide 23-step LED + peak LED with adjustable hold time and dimmed (off) mode
  • Power supply: AC100 –240 V
  • Power consumption: 20 W
  • Dimensions/Weight: 18.9"(W) x 8.6"(D) x 1.7"(H):
  • Including protrusions/6.17 lbs.
  • Main Specifications
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz ... 20 kHz ± 1 dB@ Fs 44.1 kHz / 48 kHz, 10 Hz ... 40 kHz ± 1 dB@ Fs 88.2 kHz/96 kHz/176.4 kHz/ 192 kHz, 10 Hz ... 100 kHz (1-bit)
    S/N: 103 dB (typical) @ IHF-A
  • THD+N: 0.005% (typical), 20 Hz ... 20 kHz
  • A/D conversion: 2.8224 MHz/5.6448 MHz (1-bit), 24bit (PCM)
  • D/A conversion: 2.8224 MHz/5.6448 MHz (1-bit), 24bit (PCM)
  • Line In L/R
  • XLR
  • -Connector: XLR-3-31 type (balanced)
  • -Input impedance: 22 k Ohms
  • -Nominal level: + 4 dBu (REC LEVEL=0dB)
  • -Maximum level: + 24 dBu
  • RCA
  • -Connector: RCA (Unbalanced)
  • -Input impedance: 50k Ohms
  • -Nominal level (– 12 dBFS – 12 dB-SACD):
  • –6 dBV (REC LEVEL = 0 dB)
  • -Maximum level: + 10 dBV
  • Line Out L/R
  • XLR
  • -Connector: XLR-3-32 type (balanced)
  • -Load impedance: 600 Ohms or greater
  • -Nominal level: – 4dBu
  • -Maximum level (0dBFS 0dB-SACD):
  • – 16 dBu (Nominal level= –12dBFS),
  • – 18 dBu (Nominal level= –14dBFS),
  • – 20 dBu (Nominal level= –16dBFS),
  • – 22 dBu (Nominal level= –18dBFS),
  • – 24 dBu (Nominal level= –20dBFS)

  • RCA
  • -Connector: RCA (Unbalanced)
  • -Load impedance: 47 k Ohms or greater/
  • -Nominal level (– 12 dBFS – 12 dB-SACD):
  • – 6 dBV (REC LEVEL=0dB)
  • -Maximum level (0 dBFS 0 dB-SACD): + 6dBV

  • Phones
  • -Connector: 1/4" stereo phone jack
  • -Load impedance: 16 Ohms or greater
  • -Maximum level: 170 mW + 170 mW @ 32 ohms

  • S/P DIF In/Out (coaxial)
  • -Connector: RCA pin
    -Format: IEC60958

  • Word Clock In/Out
  • -Connector: BNC receptacle, 75 Ohms

  • USB
  • -Connector: Type B
  • -Format: USB 2.0 compliant,
  • -USB mass storage class
  • -Supported operating systems: Windows 2000, or later Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

  • Included Items
  • AC power cable, Install CD ("AudioGate" audio file conversion application)

  • AudioGate Version 2.2 Operating Requirements

  • Windows
  • Supported Operating System: Windows XP Home
  • Edition/Professional Edition Service Pack 3 (32bit),
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (32bit, 64bit), Windows 7 (32bit, 64bit)
  • Supported Computers: Intel Pentium III/1GHz or faster
  • Memory: 256MB or larger (512 or larger recommended)
  • Others: Either of the following is required for software activation
  • - A KORG MR Series product and a USB port that meets the operating requirements of Windows
  • - Internet connection and a valid Twitter account
  • * A writable CD/DVD drive is required in order to create audio CDs or DSD discs.

  • Macintosh
  • Supported Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Supported computers:
  • CPU: Apple G4/867 MHz or better, Intel-based Mac recommended
  • RAM: 512 MB or more
  • Others: Either of the following is required for software activation
  • - A KORG MR Series product and a USB port that meets the operating requirements of Mac OS X
  • - Internet connection and a valid Twitter account
  • * A writable CD/DVD drive is required in order to create audio CDs or DSD discs.

    *This product comes installed with the "ISC-MP3 BF532 d Korg" MP3 decoder which was developed by The Institute of Super Compression Technologies, Inc. (ISCT), Japan.
    *"DSD" is a registered trademark.
    *Logos, product names, and company names are their trademarks or registered trademarks.

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