Roland R-26 6-Channel Digital Field Audio Recorder

Roland R-26 6-Channel Digital Field Audio Recorder

Roland R-26 6-Channel Digital Field Audio Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Compact and Lightweight
  • Record up to 6 Channels
  • Writes to SD/SDHC Cards
  • WAV/BWF and MP3 Recording
  • Touchscreen LCD
  • Omni and Directional Stereo Mics
  • XLR/TRS Combo Inputs and 3.5mm Mic Input
  • 48V Phantom Power
  • High-Speed USB
  • SONAR LE Software Included
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Roland R-26 overview

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The R-26 6-Channel Digital Field Audio Recorder from Roland provides a wealth of flexibility in a compact design, ideal for a variety of professional applications in music, filmmaking, journalism, and more. The R-26 can simultaneously capture up to 6 tracks of audio as 3 stereo pairs. The recorder offers 2 types of built-in stereo mics; one omnidirectional and one directional. There are also 2 XLR/TRS combo inputs with 48V phantom power for external mics, and a 3.5mm mic input for small stereo mics with plug-in power. The built-in mics can be used in a variety of combinations alongside external mics for amazing recording versatility.

The R-26 captures high-quality WAV/BWF files at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. It can also capture MP3 files at rates up to 320kbps. Files are written to widely-available SD/SDHC flash memory cards for convenience and stability. A high-speed USB port allows you to transfer your recordings to a Mac or PC for convenient editing and sharing. SONAR LE software is included for manipulating your audio on a Windows PC.

The R-26 has a large touchscreen LCD display for quick and intuitive navigation of menus, customizing mic settings, editing waveforms, and more. There are also large input level control knobs for making fine adjustments. The recorder can operate on 4 standard AA batteries, or via the included AC adapter. An SD card, USB cable, and windscreen are also included so you can start using the recorder right out of the box.

Note: The included SONAR LE software is compatible with Windows computers only.

Compact Design
The compact design is ideal for a variety of professional applications in music, filmmaking, journalism, and more
6-Channel Recording
The integrated stereo mics and Roland's unique DSP engine allow simultaneous recording of up to 6 channels as 3 stereo pairs
2 Types of Built-in Mics
There is an omnidirectional stereo mic and a directional stereo mic. The mics can be combined in various ways to create a variety of patterns
External Mic Inputs
There are 2 XLR/TRS combo inputs with 48V phantom power for external mics, and a 3.5mm mic input for small stereo mics with plug-in power. You can use these inputs along with the integrated mics for many purposes, such as recording a stereo mix from a front-of-house mixer while simultaneously capturing ambient audience noise
Ultimate Flexibility
You can capture different signals simultaneously, or capture the same source with 3 different types of mics. This allows you to choose individual tracks or composite mixes later on to suit your needs
Multiple File Types
The R-26 captures high-quality WAV/BWF files at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. It can also capture MP3 files at rates up to 320kbps
SD/SDHC Media
Files are written to widely-available SD/SDHC flash memory cards for convenience and stability
High-Speed USB
A high-speed USB port allows you to transfer your recordings to a Mac or PC for convenient editing and sharing. You can also use the recorder with your computer as a live audio interface or for external storage. SONAR LE software is included for manipulating your audio on a Windows PC
Loop-Back Function
When using the R-26 as an audio interface, you can enable the Loop-Back function with the built-in mics or external mics to create a live video streaming setup
Intuitive Interface
The R-26 has a large touchscreen LCD display for quick and intuitive navigation of menus, customizing mic settings, editing waveforms, and more. There are also large input level control knobs for making fine adjustments
Power Options
The recorder can operate on 4 standard AA batteries, or via the included AC adapter
Accessories
In addition to the SONAR LE software and the AC adapter, the R-26 also includes an SD card, USB cable, and windscreen so you can start using the recorder right out of the box
In the Box
Roland R-26 6-Channel Digital Field Audio Recorder
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • SD Card
  • SONAR LE DVD-ROM
  • USB Cable (Mini-B)
  • Windscreen
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Roland R-26 specs

    Type Portable Digital Audio Recorder
    Number of Channels 6 (3 Stereo Pairs)
    Signal Processing 24-bit AD/DA Conversion, 44.1/48/88.2/96kHz
    Recording Format WAV/BWF: 44.1/48/88.2/96kHz, 16/24-bit
    MP3: 44.1/48kHz, 128/160/320kbps
    WAV + MP3: 44.1/48kHz, 16-bit, 128kbps
    Playback Format WAV: 44.1/48/88.2/96kHz, 16/24-bit
    MP3: 44.1/48kHz, 32-320kbps or VBR
    Recording Method SD/SDHC Flash Memory
    Built-In Microphone 1 x Omnidirectional Stereo Microphone
    1 x Directional (XY) Stereo Microphone
    Connectors 2 x XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
    1 x 3.5mm Stereo Mini Mic Input
    1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack
    1 x USB Mini-B Port
    Input Level Analog Inputs: +4, -2, -8, -14, -20, -26, -32, -38, -44, -50, -56, -62dBu
    3.5mm Input: -7.5, -21, -26dBu
    Input Impedance Analog Inputs: 5 kOhms
    3.5mm Input: 3 kOhms (Med/High), 2 kOhms (Low)
    Maximum Input Analog Inputs: +24dBu (Sens @ +4dBu)
    3.5mm Input: +4dBu (Sens @ Low)
    Output Level 35mW + 35mW (16 Ohms)
    Load Impedance 16 Ohms or Greater
    Frequency Response Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Phantom Power 48V ±4V
    10mA or Less in all Channels
    USB High-Speed USB Audio
    USB Mass Storage Device Class
    Display 160 x 160 Dot Touchscreen Graphic Display
    Power 4 x AA Batteries (Alkaline or NiMH)
    AC Adapter
    Current Draw 500mA Max
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 3.25 x 7.1 x 1.6" (82 x 180 x 41mm)
    Weight 14 oz (370g)
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    Package Weight 2.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.0 x 8.6 x 3.6"

    Roland R-26 reviews

    R-26 6-Channel Digital Field Audio Recorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 38.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this again I am a musician. I like to record my own shows and post them on the Live Music Archive on archive.org. I've used it with both the onboard mics and with additional mics. I've found that it's really easy and intuitive to use. I didn't read through the manual and I was able to operate it and use it right away. It also came with free software to mix/master the recordings. My only complaint would be that the output in the headphones doesn't get that loud. It could be that I'm recording with plenty of head room to boost the recordings in post. I was able to account for this also by boosting up the monitor levels in the playback on the device.
    Date published: 2012-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great recorder for Indian Classical Music I'm a musician and use the recorder to capture Indian Classical music. Specifically the tabla, santoor, and sometimes vocals. The recorder is absolutely amazing in capturing the sound of the tabla. Using the XY mics in combination with the omni mics produces the best results for me. The mics do capture a bit more of room noise than i'd like, but it's a very minor issue and the overall sound quality blew the zoom h5 out of the water for my use case. I initially bought both and ended up returning the zoom as the recordings sounded muffled and dead. Also, the interface was much easier to use compared to the zoom and the autosens feature is magical.
    Date published: 2015-10-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit on the large side but competent! The recorder is a bit on the large side, but still very nice to work with. Input levels are easily adjusted on the go, using separate knobs and without needing to go into submenus. The touch screen controls are also rather good. The quality of the built in microphone is very good and noise levels are also low. I am using it mainly together with the Rde NTG-2 microphone (to record sound for DSLR footage) and it powers the mic really well in phantom mode. The battery still lasts for hours. Raher expensive, but worth the money imho.
    Date published: 2012-01-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Sounding Pre's I needed this recorder to make some very quiet ambient recording. This unit is great if you are looking for 2 portable channels of good sounding pre's. The on- board mics aren't very good - they're noisy. The pre's on the other hand are quiet good - better than the R44 pres (which are hissy). However, unless you are looking to record things that are very quiet in situations where the noise floor is critical - this could be the right unit for you! It's nice to be able to record up to 6 channels at the same time. The pres are great, and the on board mics are passable. The touchscreen is nice, and it's fairly easy to use.
    Date published: 2012-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exemplary Roland Quality We use our R26 to record our band for posting AV to the Internet. The manual is exceptionally well written with easy to follow directions. For those folks like us who are not as technically experienced in recording it has been a pleasure to work with instead of a daunting venture. To our ears, the sound quality is crystal clear and the interface with computer editing programs for synching to video appears to be seamless. So far we have had no issues, and it has performed in every way that we have asked it to.
    Date published: 2012-07-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delivers The product delivers exactly as advertised and has strength in being able to mix from multiple sources or lay down the tracks independently for mixing in post. Others have commented that the product is very large. SLightly larger than your average TASCAM yes but nothing to be concerned about. In fact I feel the size is quite comfortable. The controls easy and intuitive to use and the touchscreen extremely responsive and accurate. This is a solid, quality product.
    Date published: 2012-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, professional audio recording A full-featured field recorder from a reliable manufacturer, the R-26 produces fantastic quality audio from internal, external, or line sources. The built-in mics produce well balanced sound in open and closed environments, and the display can be read even in bright sunlight (one of the main reasons I had to invest in a new audio recorder). The front-mounted controls need no instruction manual to figure out, and the twin XLRs on the base of the unit are well placed for use with a video camera. There is a 1/4 thread on the reverse to help with mounting to a stand, tripod, or camera. One gripe, the battery cover clip is flimsy - I attached two strips of gaffer tape as a hinge to ensure the cover does not get lost.
    Date published: 2012-08-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flexible Professional Solution I have owned a Sony PCM-D50 for the last 6 years and used it very heavily for documentary making both audio, video, and field recording. I loved the design, size, functionality, weight and the audio quality is simply the best of all the 'pocket' recorders with exception to its brother the PCM-D1. Recently I had to expand and the D50 no-longer cut it for me. I did extensive research on all alternative hardware which was small and wouldn't require any additional gear to use in the field, and the quality of the mics of the Tascam DR-100mk2 and this were acceptable alternatives but ultimately the R-26 has the flexibility needed for almost every recording need, six channels, very convenient touch screen which is completely operable whilst in use without marking the recordings, over sized dials make for very easy monitoring control. Being able to record with two shotgun mics, a set of binaural mics and the internal XY mics all at once makes for a really thrilling experience with a superb range of sound and dimensionality, and being able to do all of this wing the unit alone is really really stunning. Imagine using two Lav's and two Lapel Mics with the XY and having the ability to switch them on and off whilst recording & the potential is off the charts.Its not entirely the easiest unit to use especially after the Sony, but that is as much to do with the vast wealth of options open to you. Its bigger than many other recorders out there, its not as light as the Sony and it does require two hands to operate a few of the components.As for the other complaints of the unit having lesser grade pre-amps that may be, but if the Sony is the best then this is really fantastic sounding second option for such a flexible unit. If you use the Energizer Lithium AA cells you will get long life, light weight and enough to power your external mics.There is no useless functions on this everything is designed for professional My particular unit has had one or two hiccups regarding occasional silence whilst monitoring and later I find it dient record either. So this one is going back. I got the Roland ever-ready case which is good, but its tough to take it off whilst the strap is attached when you need to replace the batteries, and the fact that you have to remove the dead-cat before you can put the unit in the case is a pain. It could have been designed a little better, but it is better then the Porta-Brace version surprisingly. -One other thing to note, the case it nice but the smell from it and the chemical off-gassing is INSANE I get dreadful headaches from the stink. It might be a good idea to hang it up outside a for a few days after you get it.
    Date published: 2012-09-14
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