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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2014, 08:59:21 PM »
just beware that if the battery craps out before the file writes, there is no file.
.....got a blank space where my mind should be.....

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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2014, 11:51:50 PM »
If the battery is healthy, it will write the file and shut down just before it runs out of juice (about 5% or so).  I always use an external battery.  This $10 unit from ebay with another $30 in good Panasonic 18650 cells will power the MTII with 48V phantom for over 10+ hours.




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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2014, 11:58:20 AM »


My external battery for the MT II is the small black box in the back underneath the MT II.  The DVD battery is for the V3
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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2014, 02:51:39 PM »
Check that the settings specify whether the backlight is on or off. I updated the FW in mine once and it set it to have the backlight off by default. I didn't know this for the longest time and thought the backlight broke until I was scrolling through the settings one day.

I don't think I've had the same problem you had jb. Mine always worked reliably as a bit bucket behind the V3. I've always thought it was a great deal for the money, but I haven't had the same problems as everyone else. It can be fussy sometimes and the battery doesn't last long (an external is a must).


Is there a way to go BACKWARDS in firmware?
I also just noticed that the backlight doesn't work.

Oh well.

Maybe those cards will get it started!
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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2014, 03:48:22 PM »
Is there a way to go BACKWARDS in firmware?


You might reset it to factory defaults but I don't know if that will remove firmware updates.

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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2014, 03:52:00 PM »
Is there a way to go BACKWARDS in firmware?


You might reset it to factory defaults but I don't know if that will remove firmware updates.

It does not.
Its back to being a brick again…

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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2014, 06:06:48 PM »
See if maudio has any suggestions.  I see they recently posted about a Microtack problem.  http://community.m-audio.com/m-audio
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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #22 on: October 18, 2014, 11:57:18 AM »
I'll poke around.
4 GB card showed up today and seems to have solved the problem, but I need to do some rigorous testing!
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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2014, 10:51:08 PM »
Maybe it was just the card.  Hope so. 
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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #24 on: October 19, 2014, 11:50:09 AM »
I've got one and have recorded 1500 sessions with out a problem.

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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #25 on: October 19, 2014, 11:24:09 PM »
So far all the tests I've run with the new (old, tested) card have the thing working like a champ.
Battery lasts just under 2 hours, saves file, shuts down with hold switch on.

Now to find a power source and a few cards that work!

Thanks for the love!
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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2014, 05:55:16 PM »
Ok!
I'll update this now that I think I have it Under control. I guess if that if you use a card that's corrupt it gums up your system, and I had a corrupt card so everything took forever. I have two good cards now everything seems to be working so maybe there are fewer  bad units than you think just lots of bad cards!
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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #27 on: November 05, 2014, 06:30:14 PM »
I guess if that if you use a card that's corrupt it gums up your system, and I had a corrupt card so everything took forever. I have two good cards now everything seems to be working so maybe there are fewer  bad units than you think just lots of bad cards!

If there's not a thread here about fake cards there ought to be (especially CF cards, though it happens with all of them). 

Long story short you've got to buy cards from one of the really big legit retailers (B&H or whatever).  The cheapest options from the third party riff-raff on Amazon or Ebay are essentially 100% fakes.  Amazon's tendency to undercut their third party vendors by drop-shipping them or fulfilling them as a "buy from Amazon" option may also lead to issues buying things there. 
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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #28 on: December 20, 2014, 10:00:12 AM »
i've been lucky.
my MTII was flawless....but was stolen out of my truck a few years back.
I picked up the original MT2496 of ebay for $50 and It's never "failed"...., I have had an instance where I had a drop-out once.   But its been stable
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Re: Microtrack II Love?
« Reply #29 on: December 23, 2014, 12:29:28 PM »
The MT was EASILY the worst deck I've EVER used, by a LONG shot lol ;) I think I got it to record successfully just once the whole time I had one just to transfer DATs to, out of about 50 tries!

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