Roland R-26 Key Features
- Two types of built-in stereo mics operate independently of each other
- Up to six channels of simultaneous recording
- Variety of external inputs
- Large touch panel display
- Dedicated, often-used hardware controls ensure easy operation
- Onboard limiter and low-cut filter
- Onboard editing
The Roland R-26 captures audio with high-definition direct sound, as well as the rich natural ambience of the recording environment. With dual stereo mics, six channels of simultaneous recording, and much more, this portable recorder offers true professional quality and flexibility, opening the door to limitless creative possibilities.
At the top of the Roland R-26 are OMNI (omnidirectional) and XY (directional) stereo mic pairs in optimized shapes, positions and angles to maximize sound-collecting characteristics. The OMNI mics are entirely enclosed in a mesh and optimized to faithfully capture sounds down to super-low frequencies. The XY mics have been given ample space at the back of the unit, maximizing their performance. Additionally, the mics are laid out in a 90º configuration to create a natural stereo image. This ensures that your recordings will be clear, expansive, and true to the recording environment.
At the bottom of the unit are two analog combo (XLR/TRS) jacks with 48V phantom power. In addition, there’s a side-mounted plug-in mic (stereo mini) input with support for plug-in power. By combining external mics with the built-in mics, you can perform a variety of different types of recordings. The R-26 inputs are equipped with high-performance mic preamps directly inherited from Roland’s R-44 professional recorder for the highest level of sound quality.
High-resolution, 24-bit/96 kHz linear PCM recording is supported, and you can choose between WAV and BWF file types, with the latter providing timestamping and other info. The Roland R-26 also supports MP3, and you can record to WAV/BWF and MP3 formats simultaneously.
The back end of the mic preamp is fitted with a limiter and low-cut filter. By activating the limiter, you can reduce distortion caused by excessive input levels. Activate the low-cut filter to reduce unwanted low-frequency content that often occurs with voice, wind noise, and various environmental vibrations. Three cut-off frequencies are selectable: 100, 200, or 400 Hz.
A major feature of the Roland R-26 is its large touch panel display, which allows for quick and intuitive operation. The hi-res LCD shows small text and graphics clearly and sharply, with a high-luminance backlight for perfect visibility in any lighting. You can easily check levels on a responsive graphic meter, and use the waveform display for sound editing.
The R-26’s design prioritizes ease of use over all else. The two input knobs are large and easy to operate, letting you make fine adjustments to your input levels. Other controls that you’ll be using often are provided as dedicated hardware switches. It’s easy to know which switch to use at a glance, enabling intuitive, stressfree operation in any situation.
Designed to run on four AA batteries, generic external batteries, or its included AC adaptor, the R-26 gives you a wide range of power options to handle any mobile recording environment.
- Marker function allows manual or automatic marker setting at any point in thetimeline
- Voice Memo function enables adding up to 30 seconds of audio to an existingrecording (i.e. location notes)
- Playback speed adjustable between 50% and 150%
- Repair function aids in fixing damaged audio files
- Equipped with a USB 2.0 connector
- Preview Monitor on the side
- Threaded hole on the rear panel for tripod or stand mounting