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AES 2008: Line 6 Backtrack (Video)

Instant Replay for Guitar
On display at the Line 6 booth at the AES show was a neat gizmo called Backtrack: a personal recorder that sits in a guitarist’s signal chain. It constantly records the input, and intelligently creates WAV files of performances by sensing when the player starts and stops playing.

Takes can then be re-played, and even ‘marked’, in case they’re really worth re-visiting. The device also works as a USB mass storage device, and can be plugged into a computer, where the user can copy files, and view marked performances in a separate folder.

Powered is supplied by an on-board battery, which is recharged when connected to a computer via USB. (Stand-alone USB chargers, such as those for certain types of mobile phone, can also be used.)

Two versions of the Backtrack are available: the standard version ($99/£77) can store three hours of 24-bit/48kHz audio (up to four times that amount at lower rates), while the Backtrack + Mic ($149/£116), which has a microphone built in, can store six hours of performances at the highest quality sample rate. The oldest files that aren’t marked are automatically deleted when the storage space reaches capacity.

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