Gadgets · January 10, 2007 1

Belkin TuneStudio: Turn your iPod 5G into a full-fledged mixing station / DJ mixer

TuneStudio CloseupBelkin’s TuneStudio, another recent introduction at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as well as at MacWorld Expo, is this wonder gizmo that turns your fifth generation iPod into a full-fledged mixing station.

TuneStudio innovates on one of iPod’s weaknesses – recording music – and proves once over again that with the right kind of accessories the iPod can be used virtually for anything related with music.

Simply plugging your iPod into TuneStudio transforms it into a 4-Channel Audio Mixer allowing you to create and digitally record mixes directly onto your iPod. A four channel mixer means you’ll be able to plug-in & assimilate audio from four sources, whether it be musical instruments or inputs from other iPods or microphones. The recordings are done in 16-bit, 44kHz quality – good enough for most purposes.

Each of the four channels sports a 3-band EQ, pan and level controls. Phantom-power-enabled XLR inputs provide up to 60 dB of microphone gain and the stereo compressor with makeup gain enhances audio dynamic, keeping audio levels within recording limits of the iPod. It’s generously populated with LED’s that indicate master audio level, power status, peak indication, compressor activity, and recording status.

According to Belkin…

TuneStudio is compact, portable, and tough enough to withstand life in a rehearsal room or in a garage. Bands can easily attach instruments and microphones to TuneStudio and record jam sessions directly onto an iPod. Podcasters can also use this device to record their shows either in a studio or on location.

PodCasters were kept in mind while designing the product. It can stream audio through the built-in USB port. It can even act as an external USB sound card, allowing the input of audio from a PC source as well as output to a PC from any of TuneStudio’s connector inputs.

TuneStudio Screenshot

Only flip-side is that it’ll solely work with 5G (Fifth Generation) iPods.

TuneStudio will goes on sale from the Summer of 2007 in Asia, Europe, and Australia and has been priced around $179.99.

For more information visit the TuneStudio Site.