Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder

Roland R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder

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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Roland R-05 overview

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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
In the Box
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
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    Roland R-05 specs

    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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.3 x 4.9 x 3.6"

    Roland R-05 reviews

    R-05 Portable 24-bit Digital Audio Recorder is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 65.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super handy recorder I originally bought this to assist with my music practice. (It records live music wonderfully). But after using it, I know have found numerous other great uses. This thing records lectures and business conversations much better than any pocket recorder that I have used. It works great in small conference rooms and large banquet / reception halls. This thing is simply awesome. It fits in my pocket, runs on AA batteries, records WAV or MP3 on SDHC cards. And you can do some editing on the device (including splitting a long lecture into smaller mp3 files). The only limitation is that the unit DOES NOT have a speaker. Not a problem for me, but the buyer should be aware of that.
    Date published: 2011-03-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from its pretty clean... got this little guy to capture, in stereo, various locations indoors and outdoors, low levels, high spl's, and also for the odd mono voice recording, by way of the mini jack mic in... and in all conditions its performance far exceeded my expectations. drawbacks are minor handling noise, file management in device it a tad on the clicky side, and the limiter, when in line, tends to 'press even at lower levels, coloring the recording, not badly, but in comparison with the relatively transparent recording quality with the limiter out, its a somewhat heavy handed, but in a bind, when transients are often and violent, its a great safety net..with that said, the pro's far outweigh the con's, and i am very pleased for the quality for the price.
    Date published: 2012-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Roland R-05 is Excellent I've had the Roland R-05 for about a month and it has performed very well so far. I'm using it for podcasting and interviews and the quality of the internal condensor mic is good. That said, I am mostly using it with a dynamic Shure SM-58 mic plugged in either directly or via a mixer and the quality that way is fantastic. So much better than the USB condensor mic I had tried plugging directly into my laptop. I'm still trying to work out some of the nuances of the recording volume control on the R-05 ,but I haven't really researched it yet so it's not really a con. Overall, I would recommend the Roland R-05.
    Date published: 2011-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Recorder for Hard Wired Lavalier I'm a wedding film maker, and I use this as a hard wired solution for a lav mic on the officiant and groom. It's a perfect size to fit in their pocket, with tons of great features. It's got a great build quality, and has never failed to record great sounding audio with no worry. I start recording about 15 minutes before the ceremony, and it runs straight through till the end with no issues. I love the hard wired option because I have no fear of wireless issues or interference.
    Date published: 2015-08-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Bang for the Buck. As a military journalist, I was looking for something with more controls and a better sound quality than the Olympus DS61 I have been using. I found what I was looking for in the R-05. I am using it to capture sounds for Soundslide pieces. Saying I am a novice audio capture technician is an understatement. Therefor, the rehearsal feature on the R-05 helped me capture clean sound bites right out of the box with minimal knowledge of the process. It also has some advanced features, which I have been getting comfortable with. It has Low-cut or high-pass filter, which ever you choose to call it, on the back that is adjustable from the menu. Gain controls are pretty easy to operate as well. It also has playback features like play speed and reverb, but I find the reverbs gimmicky. Maybe musicians will find them handy, at least for on-the-fly tests. I have been using the on-board mics, and they work pretty well. I also use a Rode NTG-2 mic with the recorder and have captured some very good recordings of voice and natural sounds. The build of this piece of gear seems pretty tough. This is a real bonus for me, a military journalist. I do, however, suggest the silicon case for it if you plan to do any real field work with it. In conclusion, the R-05 is a nice piece of gear for amateurs or even professionals looking for light, portable sound capture for Web-based or radio broadcast.
    Date published: 2010-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic and Gorgeous Device The Roland R-05 is as nearly an ideal digital stereo audio recorder as could be designed even in theory. It is lightweight, easy to use, fits in the pocket, employs easy to find and cheap SD cards, has an absolutely ENORMOUS capacity, and interfaces easily with other devices like PCs. The quality of its recordings is very hard to believe, far too excellent to be obtained through those little microphones. I bought it as a Christmas gift for my wife, a musician at a church, and she absolutely loves it. She can now make near-professional quality recordings of the choir and musicians. You can spend a whole lot of money on one of these byt why? The Roland pretty much does everything it needs to do with an extraordinarily high level of quality and unusual versatility at an extremely reasonable price. It has provisions for external microphones.
    Date published: 2012-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy to use, excellent product 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!
    Date published: 2013-12-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from NOT EXACTLY WHAT I EXPECTED 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.
    Date published: 2012-12-31
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