Roland – R-26 | 6-Channel Portable Recorder



Roland R-26 6-Channel Digital Field Audio Recorder

This innovative recorder is portable yet loaded with first-class, professional features, the likes of which the industry has not seen before. There are two types of stereo microphones built into the R-26, plus a pair of XLR/TRS combo inputs for external mics, and an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic. Choose simultaneous combinations of the built-in mics (directional and omnidirectional), as well as the external inputs. Capture live performances with simultaneous line and ambient signal paths, record important speeches, lectures, and presentations, or take the R-26 into the inner city or deep forest for pristine field capture. The sky’s the limit with this powerful, portable, and incredibly flexible recorder.

Key features

  • Two types of built-in stereo microphones (omnidirectional and directional) that can be used in various combinations
  •  Two XLR/TRS combo inputs with 48 V phantom power, plus an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic
  • Supports up to six channels (three stereo channels) of simultaneous recording
  • Large LCD touchscreen display for intuitive navigation
  • Large input-level knobs for fine adjustment
  • Built-in Hi-Speed USB interface for use as an audio interface or external storage
  • Loop-Back function; combine this with the built-in or external mics for the optimum live video streaming setup (only with Audio Interface function)
  • Bundled with SONAR LE software (PC)

New-Tech Advantage
The R-26 features Roland’s latest DSP engine, which allows simultaneous recording of up to six channels (three stereo channels). A large LCD touchscreen display lets you directly navigate menus for customizing the microphone settings, editing waveforms, and so on. It also features large input-level knobs for making precise adjustments.

Built-In Stereo Mics
Directional and omnidirectional stereo microphones are built into the R-26, and can be used simultaneously. This unique multi-stereo mic recording system lets you capture a wide stereo soundfield without spoiling the vibrant low frequencies and ambience of the venue.

External Inputs
Two XLR/TRS combo mic inputs are built into the R-26, plus an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic, which can be combined simultaneously with the internal mics. At a live concert, for example, the R-26 can capture a stereo mix from the FOH mixer via its XLR inputs, as well as the ambient audience noise via its built-in stereo mics.

Six-Channel Simultaneous Recording
The R-26 allows up to six channels of simultaneous recording (three stereo pairs). Capture the same sound source with three different types of microphones, both internal and external. This provides a new level of flexibility after the fact, as you can choose from the individual tracks or composite mixes.

USB Connectivity
You can connect the R-26 to your computer for use as an audio interface or for external storage. Use the R-26 in combination with the bundled SONAR LE software app to perform recording and detailed editing on your PC.

OP-R26CW: Cover/Windscreen Set for R-26 (optional)
This special accessory set is custom-designed for the R-26 recorder, featuring a protective cover and a windscreen made of high-density fiber.

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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.0 x 8.6 x 3.6″