Roland release new handheld WAV/MP3 recorder

(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-03-24)

Roland release new handheld WAV/MP3 recorder

Roland has unveiled a new handheld WVA/MP3 handheld recorder at the MusikMesse Music Trade Show in Frankfurt, Germany that will record WAV and MP3 simultaneously. The compact R-05 is easy to use, affordable, and packed with big-ticket features that raise the bar in its price class. Experience crystal-clear 24/96 capture, enhanced recording and editing features, and extended battery life (over 16 hours per charge). On stage, in rehearsal, at school, on the street, in the boardroom — whenever inspiration strikes, let the R-05 capture the moment with convenience and quality.

* 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)
* Strong, attractive metallic exterior
* 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 * Pre Record function (captures 2 seconds of audio that precedes pressing REC)
* Use as a high-quality portable audio player (plays WAV and MP3 files)
* Windscreen and tripod mount included

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.

Roland will be releasing the R-05 in May, 2010. Street price is expected to be around $250 USD.

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