Roland Reveals ‘R-26’ Portable Field Recorder

Provides up to six simultaneous channels of pro-quality audio recording to secure digital/secure digital high capacity (SD/SDHC) media.
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Roland Systems Group debuts the Roland R-26 Portable Field Recorder, which provides up to six simultaneous channels of pro-quality audio recording to secure digital/secure digital high capacity (SD/SDHC) media.

Providing two types of built-in stereo microphones, XLR/TRS combo inputs, universal serial bus (USB) audio interface functionality, the compact R-26 works with demanding applications including location sound design, event production, legal court recording, event videography, and musical performances, according to the company.

Both omnidirectional and XY stereo microphone types are integrated into the R-26’s stylish chassis, providing mic options to suit any style of audio recording, Roland says. In addition, there are two XLR/TRS combo inputs with phantom power for connecting high quality 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 “Isolated Adaptive Recording Circuit” on the inputs for the built-in mics and as well as the external inputs, the company says. That analog circuit is completely isolated from the digital circuitry and has its own power supply, reducing digital noise and achieving very clear sound, Roland says.

Audio from the onboard mics can be mixed internally in the R-26 and captured to a single stereo file and the onboard mics and external inputs can be recorded as three separate stereo files (six channels total) for later mixing.

Resolutions from MP3 up to 24-bit/96 kHz are supported, and available file types include WAV and BWF, the company says. The unit can also record both WAV/BWF and MP3 formats simultaneously, which enable post or e-mail material quickly while still having a high-res version to edit later.

Built-in on board effects such as a limiter, low-cut filter helps reduce distortion and noise while recording, the company says.

In addition, the R-26’s large touch screen provides detailed level metering and convenient fingertip control over many functions, and is equipped with a high-luminance backlight for perfect visibility in any situation. Hardware controls are ergonomically organized and clearly labeled, with large input level knobs for precise adjustments and dedicated buttons for often-used functions.