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D&M Professional, manufacturer of the renowned Marantz Professional PMD series of professional recording products, is bringing in the new year with its latest compact flash recorder — the rack-mount PMD560 Compact Digital Recorder. The PMD560 is a direct result of feedback from users in the field who are working in an array of recording environments in various vertical markets such as: government/municipal, law enforcement, corporate, house of worship and education. Because of the ongoing popularity of Compact Flash recording, and the recent success of the acclaimed Marantz Professional PMD660 Portable Digital Recorder, the company continues to develop products that provide advanced functionality and convenience, further emphasizing its ongoing commitment to supplying customers with market driven product solutions.

The single rack space (1U) PMD560 is a solid-state recorder with easy one-touch digital recording to cost-effective Compact Flash media cards or Microdrives. Uncompressed WAV files can be recorded at 44.1 or 48 kHz, and high quality MP3 files can be recorded in mono (at 64 kbps) or in stereo (at 128 kbps). Using a standard 1 GB Compact Flash card, the PMD560 can record over 1.5 hours of stereo and over 3 hours of mono uncompressed audio, over 17 hours of stereo MP3 and over 35 hours of mono MP3 audio. Due to its solid-state design, the PMD560 has no moving parts, and therefore it is extremely more reliable than cassette, DAT or other tape/disc formats. This carries the added advantage of eliminating periodic maintenance and all its related costs — particularly important for recording meetings, archiving sound effects, gathering audio for video, surveillance and broadcasters/journalists who are doing in-the-field recording and playback.

Designed for the most demanding applications, the PMD560 features stereo or mono recording and has RCA input and output jacks, two remote jacks as well as an RS232C connection port. With intuitive controls, the front panel also offers a headphone jack with volume level and a built-in USB interface. The PMD560 is the perfect rack-mount companion to the Marantz Professional PMD660 Compact Digital Recorder.

The PMD560 offers editing capabilities in a class by itself. Included onboard are two editing modes. "Copy Segment" editing uses non-destructive cut-and-paste-style editing to create a new sound file, which can be up/downloaded via the front panel USB port. With Marantz Professional's exclusive Virtual Track Mode, the user can create an internal edit list enabling immediate playback of file segments, without using card memory to create a new file. Up to 99 virtual tracks can be created to compare edits, set up multiple sound bytes or provide interview segments of differing durations.

A revolutionary optional RC600PMD wired remote control that attaches to any microphone is available to supply Record/Pause control, track marking and peak meter monitoring from the microphone position, allowing the user to concentrate on their work rather than the operation of the PMD560.

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