Astell & Kern AK Recorder PRF11

Special Price $699.00 Regular Price $999.00
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The AK Recorder is a modular recorder designed to be used in combination with any AK300 Series (AK380, AK320 and AK300) music player and delivers live-quality recording and playback of singing and instrumentals.

Main Features:

  • First of its kind in a portable recorder.
  • DSD 5.6MHz recording.
  • Supports professional condenser microphones.
  • Granular control of microphones and pre-amplifier Gains.
  • Interface that spans both the analog and the digital.
  • Digital limiter for professionals.
  • Peak hold & low cut filter.
  • Supports a number of recording capabilities including pre-recording.

True Recording Capabilities

Astell & Kern wanted to go beyond merely listening to music to creating it. With the help of the ultimate technology that is represented in Astell & Kern player, we envisioned a product beyond any product that will fulfill the highest possible synergy.

Product Concept

The AK Recorder, which refers to a combination of any AK300 Series device and the Recorder Module, provides you with a whole new level of product. The AK Recorder is a professional recorder that provides you with studio-quality sound, the ultimate goal of all Astell & Kern products.

No matter AK300 Series product you choose, you will be surprised to find an aesthetically pleasing design and be able to take advantage of the advanced recording technology in the AK Recorder. Take your first transformational step from music consumer to music producer by combining the AK Recorder with any Astell & Kern Portable Player. The AK Recorder features professional functions never before possible in a portable recorder.

AK Recorder Product ConceptThe AK Recorder is capable of recording sounds in a variety of ways.

You can record live sessions, vocals and speech, as well as both analog and digital sounds by connecting it with other devices.

AK Recorder Product Concept


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General Specifications  
Model PRF11 / AK Recorder
Body Color Meteoric Titan
Body Material Aluminum
Recording Channel 2 channel, Stereo recording
Audio Inputs mini XLR 3pin type MIC/LINE x2(L/R), AES3 x1(L), 3.5mm MIC/LINE x1
mini XLR 3pin map 1 : Ground(G) / 2 : Positive(+) / 3 : Negative(-)
Key Interface MIC / LINE1 / AES3 select key x1, MIC2 / LINE2 select key x1, Phantom Power select key x1 (off / 5V / 48V)
Battery 4,700mAh 3.7V Li-Polymer Battery
Continuous Recording Time about 4hours (24bit/96kHz WAV, External Mic & Phantom Power 48V)
Dimensions 3.17 ”(80.7 mm) [W] x 5.01 ”(127.4 mm) [H] x 1.17 ”(29.9 mm) [D]
8.85 oz (251 g)
Audio Performance
Recording Bit Rate
WAV : 16 / 24 / 32bit, DSD64, DSD128
Sampling Frequency
44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 / 352 / 384kHz
Frequency Response
10Hz ~ 40kHz
A/D Dynamic Range
113dB A-weighted bandwidth
Equivalent Input Noise
MIC : -126dBu, 150ohm source, A-weighted filter
MIC : 0.0004% max (1kHz, -15dBu) / LINE : 0.0006% max (1kHz, -15dBu)
MIC : 9 to 60dB, 3.0dB increments / LINE : -96 to 22dB, 0.5dB increments
Low Cut Filters
40 ~ 240Hz in 10Hz steps @ 6,12,18,24dB/oct
Compressor & Limiter
0 ~ -10dBFS, 1:2 ~ 1:20; Limiter, 1~1,000ms attack time, 10~2,000ms release time
Phantom Power
5V / 48V
Directional Pattern Omnidirectional
Frequency Range 20Hz~20kHz
Sensitivity, nominal, ±3dB at 1kHz 6mV/Pa; -44dB re. 1V/Pa
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted Typ. 26dB(A) re. 20µPa(max. 28dB(A))
S/N ratio(A-weighted), re. 1kHz at 1Pa(94dB SPL) 68dB(A)
Total harmonic distortion(THD) < 1% THD up to 123dB SPL peak; < 1% THD up to 120dB SPL RMS sine
Dynamic range Typ. 97dB
Max. SPL, peak before clipping 144dB
Power supply Phantom Power 5V
Microphone diameter 0.21 ”(5.4 mm)
Microphone length 0.5 ”(12.7 mm)
Cable length 5.9 ft(1.8 m)
Weight 0.26 oz(7.5 g)
Temperature range -40°F to 113°F(-40°C to 45°C)

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A great enhancement to the already awesome AK380 Digital Music Player
I've been using the AK Recorder for a few weeks now, combined with my AK380. It is a well thought out product. It is very easy to use and to create first class recordings, especially when set to record in DSD. The record levels couldn�t be easier to set using the on screen slide adjustments. The tracks can be split while you're recording or alternatively you can use the auto split function if recording an LP or SACD. It took me a while to find a suitable desktop application for further editing. There doesn't seem to be much DSD file editing support, unlike WAV files which have tons of applications you can use to edit them. I came across the free Tascam Hi-Res Editor which does basic track editing and allows you to save the DSD files in DSF format (which allows for enhanced file info and album art which the default DFF files don't support). Google "dff vs dsf". I was previously using a Sony PCM-D1 to record at 96 khz / 24 bit (a fine product in itself) to make hi res recordings. The AK Recorder in DSD mode blows the Sony out of the water. The recordings are far superior in every way. This is a massive improvement for a portable device. It can easily hold its own against desktop recorders. Get yourself an external power supply as the DSD recordings process can use the batteries up reasonably quickly, giving you about 4 hours of recording time. The unit runs quite hot while recording as a result of all the processing going on I imagine, nothing to be concerned about.
February 16, 2017
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