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Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder

You Pay: $199.00
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

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 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (23)
    • Excellent sound (21)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Versatile (17)
    • Low distortion (10)

    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 (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

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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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        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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        • No

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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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        • No

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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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            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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              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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                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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                  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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                      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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                                4.0

                                lots in a CHEAP SMALL PACKAGE.

                                By boomc

                                from new york

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Low Distortion
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances

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

                                  so far easy to use. waiting for the protective case to be available. wouldn't want to drop it. shoud have a shockmount.

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                                  4.0

                                  NOT EXACTLY WHAT I EXPECTED

                                  By BRYCE

                                  from FLORIDA

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Pros

                                  • Excellent Overall Quality
                                  • Tripod socket

                                  Cons

                                  • Display Hard To Read
                                  • Lack Of A Speaker
                                  • Multifunction Button

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances

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

                                  A year ago I purchased a Roland R-09HR recorder from B&H which I absolutely love. In need of a second recorder I found the R-09 is no longer available so I purchased this R-05 based on it's similar specs and the positive reviews posted here. At this point I feel the present reviewers may never have had the opportunity to use an R-09. Essentially the two units are almost identical in function, appearance, audio quality and quality of construction. The R-05 does have a tripod socket on the back which is sorely missing from the R-09. But the black on orange display on the R-05 is much harder to read than the white on black display of the R-09. Also, the input and volume controls which are on the side of the R-09 have been moved to the face of the R-05, slightly more convenient but the move necessitated a significant reduction in the size of the multi function control, inconvenient for those of us with fat fingers. The little rubber feet on the bottom of the R-05 is a nice touch, also the relocated USB port is an improvement over the R-09 placement. The R-09 has a speaker, the R-05 does not so you need to dig up ear buds if you want to check your sound while recording. The R-09 included a leather case, a remote control, and an AC power adapter. The R-05 does not include any of these items. So while the R-05 appears to be less expensive, when you consider what you don't get it is actually more expensive. I would buy another R-09 in a heartbeat but not so sure about buying another R-05.

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                                  4.0

                                  Nice product for area recordings

                                  By DiscoverWithAndy

                                  from Milwaukee, WI

                                  About Me Novice

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Excellent Sound
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult To Use

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Performances

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

                                  So far I've mostly been practicing with the recorder. What I'm planning on using it for is in-person interviews over drinks, and all the testing I've done so far shows it'll work very well for this.

                                  I love that it's so portable, the microphones are higher quality than you'd get with any USB setup, and that it can record for hours on end.

                                  Not too user friendly due to akward interface, but once you get to know it it works fine.

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                                  5.0

                                  Amazing Sound

                                  By Doc

                                  from NYC

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Sound

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Events
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

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

                                    The built in mics is awesome, the sound is crystal clear and very detailed.

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                                    5.0

                                    Awesome!

                                    By Podcast Rob

                                    from San Francisco, CA

                                    About Me Novice

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Professional Recording

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

                                      I love this thing. I use the R-05 as the main target for my recordings instead of a PC or Mac. You don't need to worry about your computer having performance issues or skipping or crashing. Output from your mixer into this and then transfer the files to a computer for post-production.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Recorder

                                      By Gale

                                      from Dawson, Georgia

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Events
                                          • Home Studio

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

                                          I am so happy I invested in this for podcasting. I had a cheaper voice recorder and it sounded bad. When I used this one my voice improved so much. Also I tried some music on it and it sounded great too. Great product and well worth the investment.

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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: $6.29
                                           

                                          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.

                                          Lexar -  4GB SDHC Memory Card Class 4
                                          • You Pay: $5.95
                                           

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                                          Cases & Protection

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

                                          Gator Cases -  Micro Recorder Pack
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