I was excited when CDM first reported on M-Audio’s FlashTracker/MicroTrack recording unit.

Now it looks like this little unit is official. A pro-quality digital recorder with headphone monitoring, USB transfers, and phantom power? For 500 dollars? Not too shabby. Unlike the Edirol R-1 I’ve been coveting, it doesn’t have built-in mics. And hopefully unlike the Edirol R-1, it won’t be perpetually on backorder.