The R-26 captures audio with high-definition direct sound, as well as the rich natural ambience of the recording environment. With dual stereo mics, six channels of simultaneous recording, and much more, this portable recorder offers true professional quality and flexibility, opening the door to limitless creative possibilities.
Hand-held field recorders have been hot commodities for musicians, recording engineers, and sound designers for years. This innovative recorder is portable yet loaded with first-class, professional features, the likes of which the industry has not seen to date in this class. 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. Choose simultaneous combinations of the built-in mics (directional and omnidirectional), as well as the external inputs. 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 sky's the limit with this powerful, portable, and incredibly flexible recorder.
Built-In Stereo Mics
At the top of the R-26 are OMNI (omnidirectional) and XY (directional) stereo mic pairs, which not only provide pro-level sound, but also contribute to the unit's impressive styling. To maximize their sound-collecting characteristics, we thoroughly studied the optimum shapes, positions, and angles of the mics. The OMNI mics are entirely enclosed in a mesh and optimized to faithfully capture sounds down to super-low frequencies. The XY mics have been given ample space at the back of the unit, maximizing their performance. Additionally, the mics are laid out in a 90° configuration to create a natural stereo image. This ensures that your recordings will be clear, expansive, and true to the recording environment.
Two XLR/TRS combo mic inputs are built into the R-26, plus an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic, which can be combined simultaneously with the internal mics. At a live concert, for example, the R-26 can capture a stereo mix from the FOH mixer via its XLR inputs, as well as the ambient audience noise via its built-in stereo mics.
Six-Channel Simultaneous Recording
The R-26 allows up to six channels of simultaneous recording (three stereo pairs). Capture the same sound source with three different types of microphones, both internal and external. This provides a new level of flexibility after the fact, as you can choose from the individual tracks or composite mixes.
High-resolution, 24-bit/96 kHz linear PCM recording is supported, and you can choose between WAV and BWF file types, with the latter providing timestamping and other info. The R-26 also supports MP3, and you can record to WAV/BWF and MP3 formats simultaneously.
The R-26 features Roland's latest DSP engine, which allows simultaneous recording of up to six channels (three stereo channels). A large LCD touchscreen display lets you directly navigate menus for customizing the microphone settings, editing waveforms, and so on. It also features large input-level knobs for making precise adjustments.
The R-26 is equipped with a multitude of convenient functions that help you achieve your recording objectives with ease. One such function is Prerecording, where your recording actually begins two seconds before you initiate it. This ensures you won't miss the very beginning of a recording, even when you're late in pressing the Record button. This is a great feature for capturing environmental sounds as they occur, such as chirping birds.
You can connect the R-26 to your computer for use as an audio interface or for external storage. As a strage device, a USB cable is all you need to send data at high speed to your PC. The R-26 also functions as a USB audio interface for your PC (Windows or Mac), allowing you to send the sound you've captured on its built-in stereo mics or external mics/devices directly to your favorite DAW program. This functionality is also perfect for capturing high-quality audio for Internet streaming applications, such as music performance videos.
6 (3 stereo)Signal Processing
AD/DA conversion: 24 bits, 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz
A/D D/A Dynamic Range: 100dB from XLR in to Phones out Data Type
WAVE/BWF: Sampling Rate: 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz, Bit Depth: 24/16 bits, mono or stereo
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3): Sampling Rate: 48/44.1 kHz, Bit Rates: 320/160/128 kbps
WAVE + MP3: Sampling Rate: 48/44.1 kHz, Bit Depth: 16 bits, Bit Rate: 128 kbps
WAVE: Sampling Rate: 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz, Bit Depth: 24/16 bits
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3): Sampling Rate: 48/44.1 kHz, Bit Rates: 32-320 kbps or VBR (Variable Bit Rate)File Storage
SD/SDHC Memory Card - up to 32GB
Internal Stereo Microphones: Omnidirectional (OMNI) mic, Directional (XY) mic
Analog inputs 1/L, 2/R (XLR/TRS Combo type): XLR type (phantom powered), 1/4-inch TRS phone type (balanced/unbalanced) Plug-in powered mic input (Stereo miniature phone type)Audio Output: Headphone jack (Stereo miniature phone type)Nominal Input Level (Variable)
Analog inputs 1/L, 2/R: +4, -2, -8, -14, -20, -26, -32, -38, -44, -50, -56, -62 dBu
Plug-in powered mic input: LOW -7.5 dBu, MID -21 dBu, HIGH -26 dBu * Input Level Knob : CenterInput Impedance
Analog inputs 1/L, 2/R : 5k ohms
Plug-in powered mic input : 3k ohms (SENS = MID/HIGH), 2k ohms (SENS = LOW)Maximum Input
Analog inputs 1/L, 2/R : +24 dBu (SENS = +4 dBu)
Plug-in powered mic input : +4 dBu (SENS = LOW)Output Level: 35 mW + 35 mW (In case 16 ohms load)Recommended Load Impedance: 16 ohms or greaterFrequency Response: 20 Hz - 40kHz (+/-2dB, 96kHz)Equivalent Input Noise: -124 dBu (Sens +4dBu)THD: 0.01% max (XLR, Sens +4dBu)High Pass Filters: Cut off Freq. = 100, 200, 400HzMic Input Limiters:
-3 dBFS Threshold
INF limiting ratio
6 ms Attack time
5 sec Release timePhantom Power: 48 V + or - 4 V (<10mA in total) 10 mA or less in all channelsUSB Interface:
Mini-B type connector
USB mass storage device class (generic Win/Mac driver compatible)
USB audio: 2in/2out High Speed USB Audio interface
Up to 96kHz ASIO driver compatible
OtherDisplay: 160 x 160 dots graphic display (touch screen)Power Supply: AC adaptor Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4 or Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) X 4Current Draw: 500 mA (MAX)Accessories: Owner's manual SD Card AC Adaptor Power Cord Cakewalk SONAR LE DVD-ROM (for Windows) USB Cable (mini-B type) WindscreenOptions (sold separately): Cover/Windscreen Set: OP-R26CW Binaural Microphones/Earphones: CS-10EM Stereo Shotgun Microphone: CS-50 Stereo Microphone: CS-15S Stereo Headphones: RH-300 Microphone Stand Adaptor: OP-MSA1 Microphone Stand: ST-100MB
Size and WeightWidth: 82 mm, 3-1/4 inchesHeight: 180 mm, 7-1/8 inchesDepth: 41 mm, 1-5/8 inchesWeight: 370 g, 14 oz.
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