Los Angeles, CA (December 22, 2011)—Roland is shipping its new, handheld R-26 Portable Recorder.
The device provides up to six simultaneous channels of audio recording to SD/SDHC media, two types of built-in stereo mics, XLR/TRS combo inputs, USB audio interface functionality, and is aimed for solo and ensemble music recording, environmental sound capture, broadcasting, and audio/video production.
The R-26 can be powered either with the included AC adaptor, four internal AA batteries, or an external battery. Two stereo mic types—omnidirectional and XY—are integrated into the R-26’s chassis. 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 preamps for all mic channels are derived from the hi-res preamps found in Roland’s R-44 commercial field recorder.
Audio from the onboard mics and external inputs can be mixed internally in the R-26 and captured to a single stereo file, or can be recorded as three separate stereo files (six channels total) for mixing together later. Resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz are supported, and available file types include WAV and BWF. MP3 is supported as well, and the unit can record both WAV/BWF and MP3 formats simultaneously.
The R-26’s touch screen provides level metering and fingertip control over most functions, and is equipped with a high-luminance backlight. Hardware controls are organized and labeled, with input level knobs for adjustments and dedicated buttons for often-used functions. The R-26 also features AUTO-SENS for setting input levels automatically, as well as onboard waveform editing.
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 for their favorite audio recording software. Loop-back recording is also supported, allowing multimedia users to combine audio from the R-26’s mics with streaming audio from the PC. The R-26 comes with Cakewalk’s SONAR X1 LE, a Windows-based DAW for general audio production in addition to mixing and processing R-26 recordings.
With its rear-panel mount, the R-26 can be installed on any standard camera tripod stand, or on a mic stand with an optional adapter. A line of accessories is available to compliment the R-26, including the OP-R26CW Cover/Windscreen and the CS-10EM Binaural Microphones/Earphones.