New York, NY (September 11, 2012)—Roland Systems Group has unveiled its new flagship field recorder, the Roland R-88, integrating a recorder, mixer and a multi-channel audio interface. With eight discrete channels of audio recording plus a stereo mix, the R-88 is being aimed for location sound design, event production, event videography and live musical performance.
The Roland R-88 includes a full on-board mixer, various timecode modes and slate tone/mic for memos. The stereo mix output on the R-88 is designed for location sound recording applications, enabling a stereo mix back to the camera to record reference audio or providing a stereo monitor output while simultaneously recording individual tracks. With 8 discrete outputs, users can embed audio tracks into a SDI video feed by using a multi-channel SDI audio embedder. It also features professional AES/EBU digital I/O to digitally record from or send to a mixing console or other digital source.
The R-88’s built-in mixer is equipped with a 3-band EQ enabling a stereo mix to be monitored and/or recorded simultaneously along with each discrete audio track. The touch screen display enables device setup and control. The display and front controls can be locked to avoid accidental operations.
The R-88 is also aimed for post-production environments, featuring a built-in 10-input/8-output USB audio interface for multi-channel recording, such as surround projects. The interface function is able to provide a backup record mechanism simultaneously recording all tracks to a DAW of choice.
The R-88 weighs less than six pounds including eight AA batteries. Optional accessories include a custom carrying bag, and remote footswitch controllers for start, stop and record, marking function, etc. The R-88 will be available in early 2013.
Roland Systems Group