Roland R-26 6 Channel Digital Field Audio Recorder

Roland R-26 6 Channel Digital Field Audio Recorder captures audio with high-definition direct sound, as well as the rich natural ambience of the recording environment.
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Roland's R-26 multi-channel recorder features 6 simultaneous channels of pro-quality audio recording to SD/SDHC media.
Combo XLR and  inputs allow you to plug an instrument or microphone directly into the recorder. Or use the built-in stereo mics for ambient recording.
Choose simultaneous combinations of the built-in mics (directional and omnidirectional), as well as the external inputs.On board effects such as a limiter, low-cut filter helps reduce distortion and noise so your recorded sermons or praise music will sound great! The large touch screen provides detailed level metering and convenient fingertip control over many functions, and is equipped with a high-luminance backlight for great visibility in any situation. Transfer your recordings to your computer or stream a live audio feed with the included USB cable for podcasting or making a CD copy of your service!

Innovative mic system delivers pro-quality sound
At the top of the R-26 are OMNI (omnidirectional) and XY (directional) stereo mic pairs, which not only provide pro sound, but also contribute to the unitÆs 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 capture sounds down to super-low frequencies. The XY mics have been given ample space, 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.

You'll love the variety of external inputs, including XLR jacks and support for plug-in mics.
At the bottom of the unit, you'll find two analog combo (XLR/TRS) jacks with 48 V phantom power. In addition, there's a side-mounted plug-in mic (stereo mini) input with support for plug-in power. By combining external mics with the built-in mics, you can perform a variety of different types of recordings. The R-26 inputs are equipped with high-performance mic preamps directly inherited from Roland's R-44 professional recorder for the highest level of sound quality.

The R-26 supports 24-bit/96 kHz linear PCM recording, and also simultaneous recording in WAV/BWF and MP3 formats.

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 time-stamping and other info. The R-26 also supports MP3, and you can record to WAV/BWF and MP3 formats simultaneously.

An onboard limiter and low-cut filter reduces distortion and noise.

The back end of the mic preamp is fitted with a limiter and low-cut filter. By activating the limiter, you can reduce distortion caused by excessive input levels. Activate the low-cut filter to reduce unwanted low-frequency content that often occurs with voice, wind noise, and various environmental vibrations. Three cut-off frequencies are selectable: 100, 200, or 400 Hz.

With Pre-recording, youÆll never miss a word of your sermon or praise band rehearsal.

Pre-recording means 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, even chirping birds.

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Availability Ready to Ship
Manufacturer Roland
MPN R-26
Technical Specifications

The R-26's extensive set of useful functions support a diverse range of applications.

  • The Marker function allows you to manually set markers to begin playback of your recordings at any point in their timeline. You can also set markers automatically during recording based on different conditions.
  • A Voice Memo function lets you to add up to 30 seconds of audio to an existing recording, great for adding location notes and other identifying information.
  • Playback speed can be adjusted between 50% and 150%.
  • The Repair function aids in fixing audio files that have become damaged.
  • Equipped with a USB 2.0 connector that supports USB mass storageùa USB cable is all you need to send data at high speed to your PC.
  • A Preview Monitor on the side enables you to check your recordings without connecting headphones.
  • A threaded hole on the rear panel allows you to mount the R-26 onto a generic camera tripod or stand.
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  • Two types of built-in stereo microphones (omnidirectional and directional) that can be used in various combinations
  • Two XLR/TRS combo inputs with 48 V phantom power, plus an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic
  • Supports up to six channels (three stereo channels) of simultaneous recording
  • Large LCD touchscreen display for intuitive navigation
  • Large input-level knobs for fine adjustment
  • Built-in Hi-Speed USB interface for use as an audio interface or external storage
  • Loop-Back function; combine this with the built-in or external mics for the optimum live video streaming setup (only with Audio Interface function)
  • Bundled with SONAR LE software (PC)

AUTO-SENS analyzes and recommends the optimum input level to help prevent recording errors.
Setting the optimum recording level is essential for making high-quality recordings. To assist you, the R-26 is equipped with an AUTO-SENS function that automatically determines the appropriate mic sensitivity for different sources by analyzing the input level. 

Easy-to-use onboard editing allows you to split and merge projects, as well as delete unneeded portions.
The R-26 lets you edit your sound recordings on the spot. In addition to basic functions such as selecting, copying, moving, and deleting projects, you can also split, merge, and delete (trim) sections. You can complete your editing work right on the R-26.

Large touch panel display delivers intuitive operation.
Large touch panel display allows for quick and intuitive operation. Hi-res LCD shows small text and graphics clearly and sharply, with a high-luminance backlight for perfect visibility in any lighting. 

Three different power modes AC, plus internal or external batteries for any recording environment.
Designed to run on four AA batteries, generic external batteries, or its included AC adaptor, the R-26 gives you a wide range of power options to handle any mobile recording environment.

Integrated audio interface function lets you send the audio input directly to your PC.
The R-26 functions as a USB audio interface for your PC (Windows or Mac), so you can send the sound you've captured on its built-in stereo mics or external mics/devices directly to your favorite DAW program. Great for capturing high-quality audio for Internet streaming applications.

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