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.
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).
24/96 Recording The R-05 provides pristine, uncompressed stereo recording directly to SD card ? up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. Whether recording directly with the built-in stereo mic or capturing sounds from an externally connected microphone or stereo line input, you?ll be impressed with the R-05?s detail and clarity. And for worry-free recording, the convenient Rehearsal mode ensures that you won?t overload the input. Onboard Editing Even though the R-05 integrates fluidly with computers via USB 2.0, this new-generation recorder doesn?t require a PC for editing. For speed and convenience, you can trim, divide, and combine within the R-05. And for those who?d like to apply a high-gloss finish to their recordings, the R-05 is equipped with built-in reverb. Rehearsal Mode In a rehearsal studio, you can make clear recordings of your band, even at high volume levels. The R-05 can automatically set the optimum recording level, and can split the songs for you automatically. It?s also possible to simultaneously record a high-quality WAV file for CD production and an MP3 file for file sharing. Music-Practice Partner The R-05 can help you practice your instrument or vocals. You can repeatedly loop a specified region of audio, or change the playback speed without changing the pitch. You can play back a difficult phrase slowly or play back at high speed to grasp the overall structure of a song in a short time. For Non-Musicians Too! Musicians will naturally gravitate to the R-05, but this portable recorder is great for many non-musical applications as well. Record lectures, speeches, and meetings, for example. The high-sensitivity, built-in microphone will clearly capture all of the voices in a room. The included windscreen and tripod mount enhance optimal placement and cleaner recordings as well. Affordable Pocket Recorder with Advanced Features The compact R-05 is easy to use, affordable, and packed with big-ticket features that raise the bar in...