The Good The Belkin GoStudio transforms your iPod into a multipurpose audio recorder, complete with stereo microphones, professional cable inputs, and CD-quality resolution.
The Bad The Belkin GoStudio has a flimsy construction, noisy microphones, and microphone inputs that lack phantom power.
The Bottom Line The Belkin GoStudio is an affordable and convenient tool for capturing lectures, interviews, and music rehearsals directly to your iPod. If quality matters, you'll need to forgo the iPod and spend a little extra on a standalone recorder.
If you're a musician, amateur podcaster, or college student looking for a way to capture CD-quality recordings on your iPod, the Belkin GoStudio is an all-purpose solution with some impressive bells and whistles. The GoStudio is not without its flaws, but at $120 you're likely to take its shortcomings with a grain of salt.
The Belkin GoStudio's relatively professional features and thoughtful design lay in contrast to its toylike construction quality. Fortunately, placing your iPod in the GoStudio's dock lends the accessory some classiness and reassuring heft. Molded dock inserts are included to provide a snug fit for your fifth-generation iPod, iPod Classic, or third-generation iPod Nano.
The GoStudio measures 4 inches wide by 2 inches tall by 7 inches long, making it small enough to hold in one hand, yet too large to fit in your pocket. The large dial on the face of the GoStudio provides a simple way to adjust recording input levels, which are indicated by dual LED meters above the dial. Around the GoStudio's main dial you'll find various switches for channel gain type (high, low, auto, off), mono/stereo modes, limiter activation, low-cut filter, and input source (internal mic, XLR/TRS input, 3.5mm input). A smaller dial for headphone volume is located near the bottom edge of the GoStudio, along with a 3.5mm headphone input, a power switch, and a built-in speaker.
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