Audio Recorder

High-quality Recording and Playback System with No Moving Parts

High-quality Recording and Playback System with No Moving Parts

With its established track record and excellent reputation the AR series has become the de facto standard. Maintenance free because it uses a PC card for recorded media, it also uses the RDAC system, which allows high quality recording while creating minimal data. Given these virtures, the AR series is used in many applications, including theme parks, broadcasting stations, and in transportation facilities.
The AR-3000 contains features such as higher quality recording and playback, and the ablility to synchronize with external devices such as video decks and lighting systems. This is Roland's answer to the high level requests of users in many fields who have already implemented the AR series.

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  • - Rackmount digital audio recorder using PC card storage technology
  • - Records and plays back up to 2,000 audio phrases with 24-bit, 48kHz sound quality
  • - Audio/MIDI phrases can be triggered via MIDI, RS-232C or GPI
  • - Can be used in stereo or mono applications
  • - AR-Link function for chaining up to 31 additional AR-Series Units
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PC Card Recorder

An audio recorder that can create, store and play back up to 2,000 types of phrases.

Maintenance Free

Uses non-mechanical sound storage system whereby data is stored directly on a PC card. Because it is a digital sound system that requires absolutely no moving parts, there is no sound degradation and no maintenace.

24bit/ 48kHz Sound Quality

Uses Roland's proprietary RDAC system, which provides the high sound quality only possible with digital, while at the same time creating minimal-size sound data.
This also allows long recording and playback times. Further advancing this technology, 48kHz, 24-bit recording and playback is now possible.


Simultaneous playback with external devises such as video decks and lighting systems is possible. Also, by using one AR-3000 as the master, up to 31 AR-3000/200s can be daisy chained (AR-LINK* function) to create a multi-track system that synchronizes up to 32 units (64 tracks).

MIDI Control

Equipped with MIDI connector, MIDI data can be recorded and played back allowing it to control any MIDI device. Also, AR pan and volume can be controlled externally.

Network Communication

Network board available as option. This allows data trasferring, surveilance and remote operation via a network.

Data Conversion

Comes with data conversion feature that allows you to convert card data created by an AR-2000 for use on an AR-3000(only playback with AR-200). This allows you to keep on using your existing data.

*The AR-LINK function is a dedicated data trasmission terminal for the AR series that allows completely synchronized recording and playback of multiple AR units. AR-Link synchronization is not possible on system in which only AR-200s are installed.

Recording Format
RDAC (Roland Digital Audio Coding)
Recording Media
PC card (PC Card Standard (1995) compatible)
Number of Phrases
Maximum 1000 phrases (when 1 PC card is used),
Maximum 2000 phrases (when 2 PC cards are used)
Phrase Types
Audio phrases (stereo/mono), MIDI phrases
Playback Methods
Program playback: 100 phrases, 5 patterns
Direct playback: 16 phrases, 4 mode (Normal/Fisrt-in/Last-in/Sequence)
Binary playback: 2000 phrases
MIDI playback: 2000 phrases
RS-232C playback: 100 phrases
AR-LINK playback: 2000 phrases
Master Equalizer
High: -12 dB to +12 dB (3/6 kHz, shelving type)
Low: -12 dB to +12 dB (200/400 Hz, shelving type)
MIC input(unbalanced):Input sensitivity: -50 dBu
Nominal input level: -40 dBu
Input impedance: 2 kΩ
Line inputs(unbalanced):Input sensitivity: -16 dBu
Nominal input level: 0 dBu
Input impedance (stereo): 20 kΩ (mono) 10 kΩ
Audio outputs(balanced): Nominal output level: +4 dBu
Output impedance: 500Ω
Digital Input
Coaxial type (S/P DIF)
MTC (master/slave), MMC (master/slave), AR-LINK (master/slave), Multi Recording/ Playback (master/slave)
Power Supply
AC 117V, AC 230V or AC 240V
Power Consumption
13W (AC 117V), 14W (AC 230V, AC 240V)
AR-NT1 (network board), RSC-15APL (AR-LINK Cable)

Size and Weight

Width (W)
482 mm19 inches
Depth (D)
231 mm9-1/8 inches
Height (H)
44 mm1-3/4 inches
2.7 kg6 lbs.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


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