June 26, 2008 Professional audio equipment and studio electronics manufacturer Alesis has announced the forthcoming release of the ProTrack, a handheld digital stereo recorder for iPods.

The ProTrack provides direct-to-iPod stereo digital recording to iPod in a portable, handheld form factor. The ProTrack’s design integrates an iPod (Classic or 5th Generation), or iPod nano (2nd or 3rd Generation) into the recorder, with included sleds to securely mount the supported models.

Audio is captured by two high-quality built-in condenser microphones fixed in XY stereo configuration for high quality field recording in 16-Bit, 44.1kHz or 22kHz stereo. ProTrack also offers users a pair of combination XLR - 1/4-inch inputs for connection for external microphones and line sources as well as a 1/8-inch stereo output. When running on plug-in power using the included AC adapter, ProTrack supplies 48V phantom power so that it can power condenser microphones.

ProTrack’s exterior contains a Universal Dock for iPod, LED signal indicators, and controls for volume, 48V phantom power and switchable limiter to ensure overload-free recordings in unpredictable aural situations. Four AAA alkaline batteries provide four to five hours of operation while a threaded mount is also integrated for tabletop use on a camera tripod. The Alesis ProTrack will be available from pro audio dealers Q3-2008 at a price to be announced.