R-26

6-Channel Portable Recorder

R-26

Discover True Multi-Dimensional Sound

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Recorder Part
Tracks
6 (3 stereo)
Signal Processing
AD/DA conversion: 24 bits, 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz
Data Type
For 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

For 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.
Input/Output
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)
Other
Display
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 4
Current Draw
500 mA (MAX)
Accessories
Owner's manual
SD Card
AC Adaptor
Power Cord
USB Cable (mini-B type)
Windscreen
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
Size and Weight
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.
0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms
ASIO
ASIO is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
In the interest of product improvement, the specifications and/or appearance of this unit are subject to change without prior notice.

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