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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Roland R-26 Digital Recorder

Portable digital recorders have been a very popular item at Kelly's Music for a number of years now. So what makes the new Roland R-26 worth mentioning? This innovative recorder is portable yet loaded with first-class, professional features, and is backed by Roland's well known quality.
First off, there are two types of stereo microphones built into the R-26, plus a pair of XLR/TRS combo inputs for external mics, and an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic. Unlike most digital recorders, however, you can choose simultaneous combinations of the built-in mics (directional and omnidirectional), as well as the external inputs. This means you can use the R-26 to capture live performances with simultaneous line and ambient signal paths, record important speeches, lectures, and presentations, or take the R-26 into the inner city or deep forest for pristine field capture.

The Roland R-26 supports up to six channels (three stereo channels) of simultaneous recording so you can record from all three mic sources. It has a large LCD touchscreen display for intuitive navigation - no more scrolling through never ending menus with a jog wheel!.

The first thing I noticed with the R-26 was the extra large input-level knobs for fine adjustment. These make adjusting levels so much easier than tiny buttons, and will be perfect for recording outside in the cold and I want to leave my gloves on!

The R-26 also includes a built-in Hi-Speed USB interface for use as an audio interface or external storage and it has a Loop-Back function which means you can combine this with the built-in or external mics for the optimum live video streaming setup.

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