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Roland Now Shipping New R-26 Six-Channel Audio Recorder

Includes two types of onboard stereo mics

The new Roland R-26 portable recorder, a handheld device that provides up to six simultaneous channels of pro-quality audio recording to SD/SDHC media, is now shipping.

With two types of built-in stereo mics, XLR/TRS combo inputs, USB audio interface functionality, and much more, the compact R-26 is well-suited for applications such as solo and ensemble music recording, environmental sound capture, broadcasting, and audio/video production.

Two stereo mic types are omnidirectional and X/Y, and they’re both integrated into the R-26 chassis. In addition, there are two XLR/TRS combo inputs with phantom power for connecting external mics or line-level devices, plus a stereo mini-jack for a plug-in powered mic. The preamps for all mic channels are derived from the hi-res preamps found in Roland’s R-44 commercial field recorder.

Audio from the onboard mics and external inputs can be mixed internally in the R-26 and captured to a single stereo file, or can be recorded as three separate stereo files (six channels total) for mixing together later.

Resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz are supported, and available file types include WAV and BWF. MP3 is supported as well, and the unit can record both WAV/BWF and MP3 formats simultaneously.

The large touch screen provides detailed level metering and convenient fingertip control over most functions, and is equipped with a high-luminance backlight for good visibility in any situation.

Hardware controls are ergonomically organized and clearly labeled, with large input level knobs for precise adjustments and dedicated buttons for often-used functions. The R-26 also features AUTO-SENS for setting input levels automatically, as well as onboard waveform editing.

USB 2.0 allows for both data transfer and audio interface functionality with Windows and Mac-based computers. Users can connect the R-26 and use its built-in mics and external inputs as a high-quality input device for their favorite audio recording software.

Loop-back recording is also supported, allowing multimedia users to combine audio from the R-26’s mics with streaming audio from the PC. The R-26 comes with Cakewalk’s SONAR X1 LE, a professional Windows-based DAW for general audio production in addition to mixing and processing R-26 recordings.

The R-26 can be powered either with the included AC adaptor, four internal AA batteries, or an external battery. With its rear-panel mount, it can be easily installed on any standard camera tripod stand, or on a mic stand with an optional adapter.

An extensive line of accessories is available to compliment the R-26, including the OP-R26CW cover/windscreen and the CS-10EM binaural microphones/earphones, and more. MSRP is $599.

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