Roland R-26 Reviews4.6/5.0 based on 5 customer reviews
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February 28, 2013Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer
Good for Recording, Not much PortableI own a Zoom H4N for a couple of years. But recently i decided to buy a new recorder. And mostly for the 6 channel recording function, I bought this piece. But when in hand, it is way toooooo big as to be portable, the body is very light and not rugged at all. It is made of simply Plastic (I guess) !! There is no external case to keep the recorder safe as there was in zoom h4n.
But the touch response is good. The recording quality is good too. Though one thing I am suffering is that no quick switch function for changing Input. You have to click at least 6 times to change the input. That was handy in my Zoom. You know, whenever you are recording some natural ambience, sometimes you need to switch the inputs very quick. But this is not possible in R26.
All in all- It is a good piece for recording but not much of portable.
from Southern New Hampshire
March 12, 2012Music Background:
amateur musician and sound engineer
Capable recorderEasy to use, capable, versatile, good sound, long battery life. Used to record rehearsals using built in mics. Used to record concerts through PA system.
R. Kirt McLaughlin
from Cortez, CO USA
March 1, 2012Music Background:
One IssueI hate to retract an earlier review and for now, I'm not. I did, however encounter one problem so far with the R-26. As you may know, the R-26 digitally records in 2GB increments. You can record longer than 2GB at once if your SD card is large enough but the performance is automatically divided into multiple files. Now, the R-26 is designed to seemlessly move from one file to the next during recording and playback. However, on one of these 2GB "transitions" (there were 3 total during this performance) my audio had an inserted blank space of about 3 seconds in the middle of a song. Further, the subsequent tracking was out of sync causing a little bit of distortion. I was annoyed to have to re-sync each song individually since the tracks varried in syncronization for the last 40 minutes of the performance, but it all came together in the end.
Roland insists that this is a digital anomoly and could easily be an issue with my SD card. I will also point out that the 16GB SD card in question would not work in my Zoom Q3HD for some reason. The first two 2GB file transitions were seemless and flawless. Roland has noted this occurance and vowed to replace my R-26 should it happen again with another SD card. I'll leave my rating at 5.0 stars unless this happens again.
R. Kirt McLaughlin
from Cortez, Co USA
February 21, 2012Music Background:
Ultimate in portablesMy sales enginere, Carson at SW, turned me on to this unit. It was a side-note while discussing the Zoom H4n. The fidelity of the Analogue inputs on the R-26 were most intriguing. I also soon realized that the triple stereo tracking on the R-26 would be far more than expected from such a device. A great return on the cost.
So, I'm mastering my first gig with the R-26 on my Roland VS2480, only to find that the built in XY/omni mic tracks blow the FOH mix out of the water. I couln't believe it. This unit has not only set the bar for tracking versatility, but also for its built-in Mics.
I suppose that a lot could be blamed on the sound enginere at the afore mentioned gig, & there's room for discussion that I'm too bias towards condensor mics vs. stage mics. The fact remains though, that the R-26 saved my ***.
Furthermore, the built-in mics (coupled with the limiter) are eloquent enough to deliver the performance & not pick up every other disturbance in the bar.
from Denton, Tx USA
November 10, 2011Music Background:
Professional composer and sound designer
Great unit! One complaint.I really like the touch screen, the mic options, the sound and the interface.
The only complaint I have is there is no quick way to delete a take. When I'm recording sounds in the field I'll often have a bad take or two before I get what I need. This leaves a lot of junk files and I wish the main screen had a delete option. Currently you have to hit menu>finder>(find the file)>select delete>confirm delete. I wish I could stop a recording knowing it's bad and hit a single button to delete it so I could get back to recording. Right now I just have a lot of file managing when In ready to transfer to my comp.
I havent yet tried out the external mics or the unit as an audio interface. My rating of the unit is based of its internal mics and user interface.