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Roland R-26

Hand-held field recorders have been hot commodities for musicians, recording engineers, and sound designers for years. The sky's the limit with this powerful & portable recorder.

Today, the mercury rises in this dynamic market with the debut of the game-changing R-26. This innovative recorder is portable yet loaded with first-class, professional features, the likes of which the industry has not seen before. 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.

New-Tech Advantage
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.

External Inputs
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.

Built-In Stereo Mics
Directional and omnidirectional stereo microphones are built into the R-26, and can be used simultaneously. This unique multi-stereo mic recording system lets you capture a wide stereo soundfield without spoiling the vibrant low frequencies and ambience of the venue.

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.

USB Connectivity
You can connect the R-26 to your computer for use as an audio interface or for external storage.
  • 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)
  • Specifications
    6 (3 stereo)

    Signal Processing:
    AD/DA conversion: 24 bits, 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz

    Data Type (Recording):
    WAVE/BWF: 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: 320/160/128 kbps
    WAVE + MP3: Sampling Rate: 48/44.1 kHz, Bit Depth: 16 bits, Bit Rates: 128 kbps

    Data Type (Playback):
    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)

    Memory Card:
    SD Card (SDHC format compatible)

    Recording Time:
    WAV/BWF (24-bit/96 kHz, stereo): 27 mins/GB
    WAV/BWF (24-bit/96 kHz, 4ch): 14 mins/GB
    WAV/BWF (24-bit/96 kHz, 6ch): 9 mins/GB
    WAV/BWF (16-bit/44.1 kHz, stereo): 90 mins/GB
    WAV/BWF (16-bit/44.1 kHz, 4ch): 45 mins/GB
    WAV/BWF (16-bit/44.1 kHz, 6ch): 30 mins/GB
    MP3 (128 kbps): 990 mins/GB
    MP3 (320 kbps): 390 mins/GB
    WAV/BWF+MP3 (16-bit/44.1 kHz): 84 mins/GB
    WAV/BWF+MP3 (16-bit/48 kHz): 75 mins/GB
    (unit: minutes)
    * Each recording time is approximate. The times may change depending on the card specifications.
    * In case that there are plural files, the sum of recording time would be shorter than above.

    Audio Inputs:
    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 : Center

    Input 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 greater

    Frequency Response:
    16 ohms or greater

    Phantom Power:
    48 V + or - 4 V
    10 mA or less in all channels

    USB Interface:
    Mini-B type connector
    USB mass storage device class
    USB audio (Hi-Speed USB)

    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 Draw500 mA (MAX)

    Owner's manual
    SD Card
    AC Adaptor
    Power Cord
    USB Cable (mini-B type)

    Options (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

    Width: 82 mm, 3-1/4 inches
    Depth: 180 mm, 7-1/8 inches
    Height: 41 mm, 1-5/8 inches
    Weight: 370 g, 0 lbs. 14 oz.
    Free shipping in Canada. Conditions
    Additional information
    For more information about the R-26, please visit the website of Roland
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