Roland R-26 Portable Field Recorder
Roland has introduced the Roland R-26 portable field recorder – a multi-dimensional recorder that provides up to six simultaneous channels of audio recording to SD/SDHC media.
With two types of built-in stereo mics, XLR/TRS combo inputs, USB audio interface functionality, the R-26 is designed for applications including location sound design, event production, legal court recording, event videography, and musical performances.
Both omnidirectional and XY stereo mic types are integrated into the R-26 chassis. In addition, there are two XLR/TRS combo inputs with phantom power for connecting external mics or line-level devices, plus a stereo mini-jack for a plug-in powered mic.
The R-26 is equipped with Roland’s IARC (Isolated Adaptive Recording Circuit) on the inputs for the built-in mics and as well as the external inputs. This analog circuit is isolated from the digital circuitry and has its own power supply.
Audio from the onboard mics can be mixed internally in the R-26 and captured to a single stereo file. The onboard mics and external inputs can be recorded as three separate stereo files (six channels total) for mixing together later.
Resolutions from MP3 up to 24-bit/96 kHz are supported, and available file types include WAV and BWF. The unit can also record both WAV/BWF and MP3 formats simultaneously.
Built-in on board effects such as a limiter, low-cut filter are designed to help reduce distortion and noise while recording. The touch screen provides level metering and fingertip control over various functions, and is equipped with a backlight for visibility.
Hardware controls are organized and labeled, with large input level knobs and dedicated buttons for often-used functions. A voice memo function is designed to allow the addition of up to 30 seconds of audio to an existing recording.
USB 2.0 allows for both data transfer and audio interface functionality with Windows and Mac-based computers. Users can connect the R-26 and use its built-in mics and external inputs as an input device with their audio recording software. Loop-back recording allows users to combine audio from the R-26’s mics with streaming audio from the PC.
With the threaded rear-panel mount, the R-26 can be mounted on a standard tripod stand. Standard AA batteries or the included AC adaptor can power the R-26.
Package components include R-26, SD Card, windscreen, Cakewalk SONAR LE (for Windows), USB cable and AC power adaptor.
No pricing info yet, but the Roland R-26 will be available in October 2011.
Check out Roland for more details.
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