The Enhanced "Recording Brick" with
Secure Audiofile Recording The Marantz PMD661MKII (Mark 2) recorder
is based on the PMD661 Mark 1 version
which is now in our product archive if you would like to review its
description and features. That page will give you a good overall picture of
what the PMD661 offers before reading this page which concentrates more
on the enhancements the PMD661MKII brings to the PMD661 party.
The PMD661MKII sports a further refined professional broadcast feature
set, maintaining the improved top facia layout with fewer buttons and
more highly developed use of multi-functional operation previously seen
in the original PMD661. Measuring just 165 x 93 x 36 mm (6.5" x 3.7" x
1.4"), and combined with the improved control layout it ensures
comprehensive single handed operation. The feature set includes an
integrated high quality stereo condenser microphone array for point and
shoot operation, and a highly visible 128 x 64 dots matrix OLED
(organic LED) display.
The PMD661MKII features balanced mic and balanced line XLR inputs, as
well as unbalanced line outs on RCA connectors and a secondary
unbalanced line in on 3.5 mm mini jack connector. Also included is a
high resolution 24-bit/96kHz recording option (PCM). The PMD661MKII
utilises SD flash media, the most widely available and fastest
developing flash memory format. Compatibility with SDHC media means that
cards currently up to 32 GB in size can be used. High capacity media
storage is matched by five hours recording time from four AA
Alkaline/Ni-MH batteries. Drag and drop file transfer is supported via
the USB port.
Feature improvements over the original PMD661 include new built in SD
Card Check so
it is easy and convenient to insert any SD card and check
compatibility before investing in multiple cards that may not match the
high performance of the PMD661MKII. This is a major improvement as users
of the PMD660 & PMD661 will all tell you how fussy those recorders were
about the cards they would work with (unlike any other brand).
Edit on the move
Journalists on the move, up against tight deadlines will make use of the
new Retake feature which allows a simple button press to take you back
though the previously recorded audio to edit the record start point.
This enables easy re-recording over unwanted takes and offers a solution
for quick editing on the move without the need to edit on a computer.
New Secure Audiofile Recording features have also been added into the PMD661MKII with
Password Protection and File Encryption that work hand in hand
to keep recordings safe form unauthorised access. MP3 files can be
encrypted to .MPS files and WAV files encrypted to .WAS files which
utilise the 4 digit password protection feature so that only those with
the 4 digit password can open and play the files either on the player or
in the new updated PMD Marker Editor software, included in the box.