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Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Handheld Design
  • 24-bit/96kHz Recording
  • Records to SD Flash Cards
  • Integrated Stereo Microphone
  • 3.5mm Mic and Line Inputs
  • Onboard Editing
  • Pre-Record Function
  • Uses AA Batteries
  • Accessories Included
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You Pay: $199.00

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The R-05 from Roland is a palm-sized stereo audio recorder ideal for musicians, journalists, and field recordists. It offers WAV or MP3 recording, 24-bit/96kHz resolution, and selectable recording modes. The R-05 is equipped with a high-quality stereo condensor microphone, internal reverb effects processing, and onboard editing features. A rehearsal mode automatically sets the ideal volume levels for a recording, while the music practice function lets you loop a phrase and adjust the playback speed for faster learning.

The unit records to readily-available SD flash memory cards for recording hours of audio. Standard 3.5mm mic and line audio input are provided so you can record using your favorite mic or audio source. The recorder operates on a pair of standard or rechargeable AA batteries for a long lifespan and easy replacement. A graphic display provides vital information, and a high-speed USB 2.0 port provides communication with your Mac or PC.

Ultra-portable handheld design
24-bit recording at 96kHz
Records WAV or MP3 files to readily-available SD flash cards
Built-in stereo microphone
Standard 3.5mm mic and line inputs
Built-in reverb effects processor
Onboard editing functions
Backlit LCD display
Uses a pair of AA batteries and provides over 16 hours of recording or 30 hours of playback per charge
USB 2.0 port for Mac and PC connection
Practice features include loop playback and speed adjustment without affecting pitch. Rehearsal mode automatically sets optimum recording levels
Automatic record, song split, and level adjust features, plus a 2 second pre-record function
A threaded socket is integrated into the recorder for convenient mounting on a stand or tripod
Type Portable 2-Track SD Card Recorder
Recording/Reading Methods WAV and MP3 Files to SD Flash Media
Recording Bit Rate 16-bit, 24-bit
Sampling Frequency 32, 44.1, 48, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
Number of Channels 2
Frequency Response 20Hz - 40kHz
Connectors 1 x 3.5mm Mic Input
1 x 3.5mm Line Input
1 x 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Output 1 x USB Port
Display 128 x 64 Dot Graphic Display
Power 2 x AA Batteries
Dimensions (WxDxH) 2.4 x 4.1 x 1" (60 x 103 x 25mm)
Weight 5 oz (140g)
Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • SD Card
  • USB Cable (Mini-B Type)
  • User Manual
  • Quick-Start Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    RolandR-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder
     
    4.8

    (based on 39 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (29)
    • Excellent sound (21)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Versatile (17)
    • Good audio (15)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor events / games (16)
      • Professional recording (13)
      • Performances (12)
      • Amateur recording (10)
      • Home studio (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (14), Novice (6), Tech savvy (6), Practical (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (16)

      Reviewed by 39 customers

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      5.0

      A very fine recorder

      By Jeff

      from Sarasota, FL

      About Me Audiophile, Practical, Technically Challenged

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Audio
      • Low Power Consumption

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • Entertainment
        • Larger Rooms
        • Production Quality
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

        I bought this device to record live concert material. I haven't used it for this purpose yet, but I have run trials recording ambient sounds. The mics are very sensitive and the reproduced sound is very true.

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        5.0

        Excellent Portable Audio Recorder

        By Photog Gal

        from Coastal Alabama

        About Me Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Audio

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • outdoors
          • Portable

          Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

          Compact, easy to use, easy to see the screen. Great quality!

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          • No

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          4.0

          Solid

          By J F

          from Mary Esther, FL

          About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Audio

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

              Have only used this a few times so far. Used it with a Audio-Technica AT8537
              lavalier mic to record an outdoor speech. Did a great job. High-quality audio. Easy to use.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Incredible product @ a solid price

              By Big Jack

              from New York, NY

              About Me Practical, Technically Challenged

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good Audio
              • Low Power Consumption

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Smaller Rooms

                Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                This audio recording device can do anything you'd need for handheld recording purposes and more. Admittedly my experience with sophisticated audio equipment is unseasoned, but I have many friends who have dropped their jaws when I bought this piece. Very impressive buy in my opinion.

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                5.0

                Best Portable Recorder

                By Lux Films

                from Folsom, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Good Audio
                • Low Power Consumption

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Basic Systems

                  Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                  I use this recorder with a SANKEN LAV. Its a perfect fit for pockets. Starts fast, easy to use, and no issues noticed.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect for Sound

                  By Peter

                  from Wilsonville, Or

                  About Me Movie Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Good Audio

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Entertainment

                    Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                    I own 2 of these. The sound it produces is crisp and beautiful. I would highly recommend this product

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                    5.0

                    Great Little Powerhouse of a Unit

                    By Jaguiar

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Compact
                    • Good Audio

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Entertainment
                      • Production Quality

                      Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                      When I first received this unit, I thought that it couldn't be all the reviews said it was. Well, I was wrong. This little recorder is very powerful and the quality is amazing. I'm happy with this purchase!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Best I Have Tried

                      By Ludis

                      from Minneapolis - St. Paul,MN

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Good Audio
                      • Low Power Consumption

                      Cons

                      • Display Difficult To Read

                      Best Uses

                      • Larger Rooms
                      • Smaller Rooms

                      Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                      I use this recorder for choir and band rehearsals. I am very happy with the quality of the recording and, in particular, I like the ease of recording in the "rehearsal" mode ... just push the "Rehearsal" button, allow the recorder to set recording level for the room and record - worry-free of the recording level.

                      The display can be a bit difficult for some to read. However, using the "Rehearsal" button (I memorize its position) really eases this issue.

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                      5.0

                      truly pocket-sized and lightweight

                      By flavor32

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      About Me Concertgoer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Good Audio

                      Cons

                      • A Few Features Missing

                      Best Uses

                      • Field Recording

                      Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                      Wow, how times have changed. Back in the day, for portable recording, we used to have to make do with bulky DAT decks with expensive and (literally) flaky media and switching tapes every 2 hours and waiting to play the tape back to copy the files.

                      Now for less than half what I paid for a D7 DAT way back when, we can record all day on a tiny card and transfer high-res digital audio files in seconds.

                      I wish there were a small portable recorder that combined all the features I like in this one (lightweight, inexpensive, uses standard SD(HC) card media, easy menus and controls, tripod mount, relatively low noise/high SPL) with some other features - S/PDIF input, extra-long battery life, standard flash media, faster startup time, even better low noise / high SPL performance, better internal mics, perhaps a speaker function.

                      But there's absolutely nothing wrong with this little gadget, and it fits in my shirt pocket with plenty of room to spare.

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                      5.0

                      Great Recorder

                      By jamesdavid

                      from Phoenix, AZ

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • Good Audio

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                          This is a great little recorder! Perfect for running a lav and concealing the recorder in a pocket. I'm using this for weddings and prefer a hardwire opposed to wireless, so this is wonderful for me.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          easy to use, excellent product

                          By dave

                          from seattle, WA

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Good Audio
                          • Low Power Consumption

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Basic Systems
                            • Entertainment
                            • Larger Rooms
                            • Production Quality
                            • Smaller Rooms

                            Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                            I have over 14 years in film production doing commercials for businesses, event videography, short films, ....ect.For this price point they are the best I've used, and a standard in the industry. Buy them you won't be dissapointed. I recently used them for a wedding and put one on the groom and it even picked up the brides vows extremely well. I paired it with a Tram TR50. Has a great tone out of the box, not needing much touch up in post at all, no high end hiss...amazing! Very easy to use, and set up right out of the box, and very small and compact, lightweight! Hides into a persons pocket very well. And has a great hold button so if an actor/bride/groom hits buttons it is locked down and will go on uneffected. Totally recommend this product!

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                            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            I am looking forward to using this

                            By grdngy000

                            from High Point, NC

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Entertainment
                              • Production Quality

                              Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                              I am a taper and have used the roland Edirol R-09 and finally started having problems with it,,,the mic jack on the mainboard came loose. I had it repaireed once and it happened again. I hope that Rolans has solved this problem.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Fabulous Sound, Easy to Use

                              By Joan in Santa Fe

                              from Santa Fe, NM

                              About Me Create Audio Products, Podcaster

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Good Audio

                              Cons

                              • Only Records In Stereo

                              Best Uses

                              • Podcast

                              Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                              I'm using the Roland R-05 to record podcasts, including Skype calls. I have it hooked up to a mixer. I'm really impressed with the quality of the output, even when I use the built-in mic for portable recording.

                              It was easy to set up and learn to use, and when I did have a question, I contacted their support team and received an answer quickly.

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                              5.0

                              Awesome playback

                              By Michelle

                              from Boca Raton, Florida

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Good Audio

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • DJ / Mixing
                                • Entertainment
                                • Production Quality

                                Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                                While I haven't used it much yet, I was blown away by the quality of the pre-recorded music samples.I am using it to record podcasts and it is simple to operate. Very user- friendly and intuitive. I am so glad I bought this professional tool that is very well built.

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Quality instrument

                                By iBear60

                                from Auburn, CA

                                About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Audio
                                • Low Power Consumption

                                Cons

                                • No Travel Case

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Recording
                                • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
                                • Production Quality

                                Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                                I'm using this to record my guitar practices and rehearsals. I love the easy to understand controls and I'm amazed at the quality of both the wave and mp3 files it produces. It records all the quiet sweet tones of my guitar with great clarity. My previous attempts to record with low-end microphones, gargeband software and an interface were bad quality and endless frustrations. This is a fairly low cost way to get very good sound files. I wish it came with a custom travel case. The AA batteries seem to last a good long time too.

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                                4.0

                                A good, easy-to-use audio recorder

                                By Em the video geek

                                from Washington, DC

                                About Me Video producer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Good Audio
                                • Low Power Consumption

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                                    This audio recorder is high quality and easy to use. I'm very impressed with the range of audio it can record - from very quiet interviews to loud stadiums, I've gotten good audio in many very different situations.

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                                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Nice alternative to wireless mic

                                    By homerc67

                                    from Dallas, TX

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Excellent Sound
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Events
                                      • Performances

                                      Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                                      This is exactly what I've been needing for weddings, slip it into the groom's pocket with lav attached and no more issues that often come up with wireless mics during a ceremony. The size is perfect, also own a Zoom H4N but it is too big and bulky for this purpose. Also great because it cost less than any wireless setup I'd trust to use for events. Can't go wrong with the R-05.

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                                      5.0

                                      SOLID RECORDER

                                      By Sachamama

                                      from Los Angeles CA

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Excellent Sound
                                      • Powerful
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Professional Recording

                                        Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                                        I use this recorder as an alternative sound recoders for a MKIII. It's great!

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                                        5.0

                                        Practical and Good Quality for Price

                                        By T Bones

                                        from Seattle, WA

                                        About Me Novice

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Excellent Sound

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Events

                                          Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                                          Many people are just using iPhones for quick and easy recording, but the Portable Recorder by Roland picks up so much more. It is fairly easy and intuitive to use. The screen does seem a little outdated not being a full color touch screen, but that doesn't have any thing to do with sound quality so I don't care. I used it in a noisy environment and it was able to pick up far away sounds.
                                          I plan to use it for on the go recording for a podcast. I'll let you know if it let's me down, but I can't imagine it will.

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                                          5.0

                                          I would buy this product again

                                          By Dan

                                          from Ventura CA

                                          About Me Experienced

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Excellent Sound

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Professional Recording

                                            Comments about Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder:

                                            We use this product for weddings paired with the Tram TR-50 lav mic and it does the job very well. Easy to program and pretty compact. Haven't found anything that we do not like about the Roland R-05 thus far.

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                                              Cables

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                                              Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                                              Hosa Technology - Stereo Mini Angled Male to 3-Pin XLR Female Cable - 5'
                                              • You Pay: $6.68
                                               

                                              Adapters

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                                              Adapters allow more interconnectivity options.

                                              Kopul - LMT100 - Low to High Impedance Matching Transformer (1.5')
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                                              Wind Protection

                                              Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                                              Rycote - Rycote Mini Windjammer for Roland R-05 and Tascam DR-05
                                              • You Pay: $39.95
                                               

                                              Store and read data with the proper media.

                                              SanDisk - 32GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
                                              • You Pay: $17.95
                                               

                                              Headphones

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                                              Microphones

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                                              Cases & Protection

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                                              Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

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