Gadgets 90

Published on January 7th, 2006 | by Greg


The (i)Key to Our Hearts

Musicians will love this- no more bulky equipment, no strings of wires. The Gemini iKey does one thing and does it well, converting audio feeds to MP3 or WAV files and transfering them via USB. As you may have guessed from the name, it’s iPod compatible, but you could also use any flash drive or an external hard drive for storage.

It’s not for everyone- it accepts only RCA inputs, not higher-quality optical or direct minijack. But it’s built-in compression scheme allows for MP3 quality up to 256 kbps, or uncompressed WAV files to be stored on the external device of your choosing. It’s a tad pricy ($120-$150), but it’s extremely portable (4 AA batteries or you can use the included power supply), and pretty nice looking as well. Also, there’s no complicated setup, no software- plug it in and you are ready to go.

The LEDs are nice- showing you your current settings, audio levels, and even the amount of storage space left. A pause feature might’ve been nice, but it’s easy enough to splice together the files in post-production. Finally, a firewire port would’ve been great, especially for Mac users. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a way to record live audio, and you want something on a professional level- the iKey is just your ticket.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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