It’s a palm-sized device that has a similar feature set to the numerous other portable recorders already on the market. So there’s built-in mics, on-board flash memory, and the facility to record from external line-level devices or microphones. The M10 also has dedicated transport buttons on the front panel, as well as a menu system that can be used to delve deeper into the settings.
It’s capable of recording 24-bit audio at sample rates up to 96kHz, and it can also record straight to MP3, a feature not found on Sony’s more expensive portable recorders. (The D1 and D50 come with computer software that lets you convert the recorded PCM audio into a variety of formats, including MP3.)
Other features of the M10 include on-board DSP processors that can alter the pitch and speed of audio during playback, so you can slow down a recorded guitar solo to learn how to play it, for example, and there’s a limiter that can be engaged to prevent the input signal from distorting.
Clever recording functions include a five-second buffer, and there’s the option to install a removable flash memory card, which can be used for computer-less backup and for extending the total recording time of the device (a cross-memory feature spreads a long recording over both the on-board memory and the flash card). Computer connection is via USB and it’s powered by conventional AA batteries.
Sony expect that it will be shipping in October.