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Roland R-05

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  • High-quality stereo recording (24-bit / 96khz) with the built-in stereo mic or external input
  • Records directly to sd card with extended battery life (over 30 hours continuous playback, over 16 hours continuous recording)
  • Onboard editing functions; built-in reverb
  • Music practice features (change tempo without changing pitch, loop playback, etc.)
  • Auto record start, auto song split, auto level adjust
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Technical Details
Item Weight141 g
Product Dimensions10.3 x 6 x 2.5 cm
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Item model numberR-05
Country Produced Inchina
Battery TypeAlkaline
  
Additional Information
ASINB003FGN0I0
Best Sellers Rank 1,156 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight522 g
Date First Available2 Jun 2010
  
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Product Description

Roland R-05 WAVE/MP3 Pocket Recorder
Roland R-05 WAVE/MP3 Recorder
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The fastest way to capture, edit and share professional 24-bit recordings

If you keep getting struck by songwriting thunderbolts – then forgetting them on the bus-ride home – it’s no wonder you’re hunting for a portable recorder. Trouble is, between their scratchy sound, niggly operation and ten-a-day battery habits, many portable recorders suck the joy from on-the-fly sessions. Roland’s R-05 Wave/MP3 Recorder is different. Think of it as a personal studio in your pocket, with all the trimmings of Abbey Road bar the tea-boy.

Simple to use and cheap to run

Nothing saps the free-spirit vibe of a pocket recorder quite like headache-inducing operation and battery-gobbling power consumption. The Roland R-05 is dead-simple to use, with a large LCD display giving you all the information you need, while intuitive hardware switches keep you in control of key functions like Input Level and Mic Gain. You’d think all those serious onboard features would suck the batteries, but you’d be wrong: the Roland R-05 records for up to 16 hours on just two AA batteries (for home use, it can also be powered by an AC Adaptor – sold separately). Plus, if you’re bashful about onlookers hearing you at work, there’s a headphone jack, compatible with binaural earphones like the Roland CS-10EM.

Idiot-proof recording modes to suit rehearsals, conferences, and more

Many portable recorders can’t cope with extreme sounds, meaning that jaw-breaking metal riffs playback as a fizzy squelch, and interviews are inaudible mumbles. The Roland R-05 has features to give you a consistently clear sound in shifting scenarios. If you’re recording a band performance, use the Limiter to compress excess fluctuations in volume and prevent distortion. On the flipside, if you’re straining to hear several distant speakers at a conference, AGC (Auto Gain Control) amplifies weaker input and gives uniform sound. Plus, if you’re a first-timer, give yourself an easy life and press the Rehearsal button, which automatically matches the input level to the sound of the band.


Never lose a song idea again with Record Standby Mode

It’s officially the worst feeling ever: stumbling across a killer riff, taking your hands off the fretboard to hit record, then realising you’ve forgotten it. That’ll never happen with the Roland R-05. When this recorder is in Record Standby mode, it’s on permanent high-alert, so when genius strikes and you reach for the record button, recording starts from a point two seconds before you press it. For further flexibility, there’s the self-timer, which lets you set a countdown to the start of recording, so you don’t have to fumble before the first chord.

Roland R-05 Digital Pocket Recorder
Save to SDHC/SD memory cards or transfer your recordings to a computer via USB
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Record in WAVE or MP3 – then save to memory card and computer

Musicians who produce themselves know that different audio formats offer different advantages – and a recorder that makes you stick to one, or convert to another, is soon going to grate. The Roland R-05 lets you decide. This unit supports both linear PCM recording (WAVE) up to 24-bit at 96kHz, and the MP3 format that’s so convenient for PC file exchange. You can convert WAVE files into MP3s onboard the unit itself, save all your files on industry-standard SDHC/SD memory cards, or transfer your recordings to a PC/Mac via USB 2.0. Getting recordings down and out there just got a whole lot easier.

Capture the true sound of your band with omnidirectional microphone

Most pocket recorders have unidirectional mics, but they’re bad news for musicians, losing key frequencies of the performance, while picking up unwelcome vibrations and handling noise. Forget ’em. The Roland R-05’s ICA (Isolated Capsule Architecture) omnidirectional mic system captures the full sound field, including the ultra-low frequencies, so what you hear is what you just played. Processed by IARC (Isolated Adaptive Recording Circuit), playbacks have a focused, full-bodied stereo feel, and because the mic is housed in a vibration-insulated enclosure, you don’t get clunks or rattles.

Nail pro-sounding recordings with onboard editing tools

With many portable recorders, once you’ve made a recording, it’s set in stone. That’s not how it works with the Roland R-05. For starters, there are flexible playback modes, so if you’re transcribing a fast piece of music, for example, you’ll love the option of changing the playback speed from 50-150%, or using the A/B feature to hear a particular section on repeat. This pocket unit also acts as an editing suite, letting you polish and organise your recordings with built-in tools like Divide (to split a live set into individual songs), Combine (organise multiple recordings into an album) and Trim (cut the ‘dead air’ before or after a recording).

Box Contains

Owner's manual
Quick start guide
SD card
Batteries (two AA)
USB cable (mini-B type)
Windscreen

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian King on 7 Dec 2013
I'd previously owned other digital recorders but none of them really wowed me. Like everyone I had my own particular set of priorites when it came to choosing features. Top of the list was the quality of the line-in. The Roland R-05 has separate sockets for line input and external mic input; many recorders force these two items to share a socket which I feel compromises their performance. As others have said the quality of the line-in is excellent, just plug it in to a console or preamp output and it gives nice quiet recordings at 24 bit resolution.

The built in condenser mics are as good as anything else at this level - I'd say they're excellent. They're not adjustable for XY configuration but you can still make very good recordings with good stereo image to them. Battery life is also excellent. It's not feature rich in terms of allowing you to do lots of flashy editing and stuff - but I feel this is an advantage. It has all the essential features and does them well. All the essential functions are easily accessed without too much deep menu diving. On the back there are physical switches for Mic Gain, Limiter and Low Cut Filter. Also it's a really nice size that fits in the hand very discreetly - it's probably smaller than comparable devices, but still very functional. File transfer is simply by USB connection - no drivers required.

The supplied foam windshield isn't up to much - it's OK for doing close voice work inside but won't deal with wind outside. I bought a 'dead kitten' muffler for outside recording which works well.

You can plug in an external mic using the 3.5mm socket - so you could use it with video mics and lavs etc. Just for a laugh I tried plugging in a high end dynamic studio mic using an XLR to 3.5mm cable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr Ian J Anderson on 20 Dec 2012
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I researched several recorders before choosing this one, mainly based on reviews by others and the known brand name. The device is easy to set up and use, although I have still not used many of the features available. The quality of sound is excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan on 8 July 2013
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I took some time to make the purchase as i had been given a few recommendations. I was delighted that i finally settled on the Roland R-05 as it is straight forward, simple to use and high quality. It goes everywhere with me and if and when a opportunity to record arises it is ready go in seconds. Very pleased indeed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mikie Boy on 11 Mar 2013
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I chose a 5 star rating because the recorder was in excellent condition in its original box and included the protective cover which would have set me back a further £24. The only omission from the package was a USB lead, but since these are so common, I was able to use one which i already had.
Delighted with my purchase!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yowza on 12 Feb 2013
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My Sister works with a local radio statiion and I asked for the recommendation. This was the unit. It works brilliantly. I use it to record via line form a mixer desk. I have used it to record live music both rock and classic, with VERY good results. I am very pleased with the purchase. The supplier delivered it next day so ***** is not really enough
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Postives:
Compared with a Zoom H2n which I returned
• Much better sound quality from the built in mics than the Zoom. Recordings at 24bit 96KHz sound great. Has enough gain to record even quiet sounds. Roland have a youtube video demonstrating the recording quality in different scenarios, its well worth checking out.
• Handling noise is much quieter probably due to the metal body
• Good battery life
• Easy to use, controls are intuitive and display tells you everything you need to know clearly
• Can be used with a DSLR as its about the size of a pack of cigarettes and has a mic mount underneath
• Comes with windscreen

Negatives:
• Does not come with a case. The OP-R05C costs about £45, the case is good but should really be about £20
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Woodfinch on 5 Dec 2012
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Batteries last for ages but can run out of storage space pretty quickly. No complaints about recording quality - if you're fussed you can plug in a posh mic.
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I haven't had a chance to explore all its features yet, but the first thing that struck me was the outstanding quality of the recording both on microphone and line input. I do prefer a separate microphone and line input such as provided on this unit. Also, the unit was provided with a decent instruction book!
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