Roland R-05

Handheld 24-bit/96kHz Recorder with Stereo Microphones, Extended Battery Life, and Practice Tools
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Put Pro Recording in Your Pocket!

When you're armed with the pocket-sized R-05 handheld recorder, you're ready to record anything, anywhere — and at unbelievable quality. Just point the built-in stereo microphones toward whatever you want to record. You'll capture better-than-CD-quality audio straight to a handy SD card. Either play your recorded tracks back and listen with headphones or connect your R-05 to your computer via USB and share your songs, samples, and recordings with your friends. Thanks to the R-05's awesome battery life, you get over 30 hours of continuous playback and over 16 hours of continuous recording — that's a lot of time for music making! But there's even more built into the R-05.

Practicing effectively is crucial to every musician's success. That's why Roland gave the R-05 a bunch of convenient practice tools, making this handheld wonder your one-stop portable solution for all things jamming and recording. You can load WAV and MP3 files on the R-05 and loop a specific region of audio or switch the playback speed without changing the pitch. You'll also appreciate the cool Rehearsal mode. With it, you can make clear recordings of your band, even when you're playing at high volume levels. The R-05 will auto-set the best recording level and split your songs automatically. You can even record a premium WAV file (for archiving/putting on CD) at the same time you record an MP3 that you can post straight to your band's website.

To get started recording with your Roland R-05, you can use the important accessories that are included right in the box. You get a windscreen for outdoor recordings And don't forget, there's an input for plugging in your own microphone plus extra stereo line input for connecting and recording your other gear.

Roland R-05 Handheld Recorder Features at a Glance:
  • High-quality stereo recording (24-bit/96kHz) with the built-in stereo mic or external input
  • Records directly to SD card
  • 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, USB cable, SD card, batteries included
Start recording your songs wherever and whenever you want — get the Roland R-05 handheld recorder!

Additional Media

Portable Recorder Buying Guide
Roland R-05 Owners Manual

Tech Specs

A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Simultaneous Rec Tracks 2
Simultaneous Play Tracks 2
Built-in Mic(s) 2
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/8", 1 x 1/8" (Mic)
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/8" (Headphone)
Headphone Outputs 1 x 1/8"
Memory (removable) 2GB SD Card Included
Built-in Effects Yes
Power Supply 2 x AA Batteries (Included), USB Bus (Cable Included)
Max Battery Life 30 hrs.
Stand Mountable Yes
Height 4.06"
Width 2.38"
Depth 1"
Weight 0.31 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number R-05

Customer Reviews

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Only one with ONBOARD EDITING in its category!

Now that I could finally test it in all the possible ways, simply because I'm privileged to own one myself, I can say with no hesitation whatsoever that THE "R-05" IS A LITTLE RECORDING MIRACLE. Before, of course, as every scrupulous prospective buyer would do, I dedicated hours to research it and to compare its characteristics with those of all its other handheld digital little...'colleagues' around. All I hoped for was that the strong perception I had held true. Yet one thing is a well-informed decision (as it certainly was the case with me and the "R-05"), and a totally different thing is the actual 'hands-on' (and, in this case, 'ears-on'!) experience. MY ALREADY VERY HIGH EXPECTATIONS HAVE BEEN LARGELY EXCEEDED, and I totally love this baby! The feature I appreciate (and bless!) the most in my new, inseparable friend are THE "R-05" SOPHISTICATED ONBOARD EDITING CAPABILITIES, which make this high-quality piece of technology unique in its own category —including those many handhelds that are twice its price or more. The "R-05" is so intuitive and easy to use (despite its innumerable functions and options), that I never found onboard 'Dividing', 'Combining', 'Trimming', etc., more quick, more effective and even more fun to perform. I AM AN UNSTOPPABLE SOURCE OF MELODIC INSPIRATION, I play acoustic guitar rather well and sing better. But when I strive to do all these things at once (which means: every day) I have to take frequent breaks, especially since I tend to compose an average of a new song a day, and this allows for little or no time in order to memorize it as a whole. Well, thanks the "R-05" 's prodigious (and surprisingly high-precision!) onboard editing capabilities, I can now combine the different...'moments' of my new song in such a seamless and —at the same time— 'natural' fashion, that it really seems like I have played the song all at once, in one single take. And what a breathtaking sound! A CD-quality production from such a small unit, all without a computer. UNBELIEVABLE!
Music background: Professional Vocalist-Songwriter

Outstanding Recorder

Great functionality, outstanding product, superb recording quality
Music background: Software Engineer

Fantastic quality in small package

Did everything advertised, works well amazing size.
Music background: church audio tech

Amazing sound from a small recorder

I LOVE this recorder. It's very user friendly, has a number of convenient and useful options for working with the recording. But above all it sounds GREAT! When I took it out of the box, one the first things I did was put the R-05 in front my stereo and recorded a piece with a wide range in dynamics, tone color and frequency from booming deep base to the high pitched "chimes". The result was very impressive -- I couldn't tell the difference between the original and the recording. The bass was clear, rounded, full and body vibrating, the high pitched chimes were crystalline. All was balanced and the spatial separation of the instruments well preserved. Then I placed the recorder about 35 feet away and whispered -- very very quietly. It was almost scary. I could make out every word on the recording, though I had to put the volume way up. Since there was no background hiss that was no problem. Time will tell its durability, but it looks rugged to me. But clearly, in every other way I can see the I "scored" with this product.
Music background: Hobbyist muscian

Does what I need it to.

I know the two main competitors for the portable digital recorders are ZOOM and Roland as far as the price range they're in. I haven't tried the ZOOM and chose the Roland over it because I've been buying Roland gear for a while and am a loyal consumer. That isn't the only reason, though.I like that it's exterior is metal. I would think that plastic would feel kinda cheap. It has some heft to it. Not a bad heft but the kind of heft that lets you know it's build to do it's job right for a long time.Navigation of the menu is very simple and is extremely easy to switch between formats and bit rates. The gain level features could be a little better but for the price you won't find much else that offers something similarly as good. The limiter works really well. I tested it near my washer and dryer and I got some nice metal clanking noises out of it without the deep hum of the dryer.I've done some field recording and as long as you have the case for it, it won't make hardly any handling noise if you're trying to avoid it. The record button is a tad awkward because it's sunken into the device and when the cover is on it, it's even more difficult to get to it but I'm only saying this because I'm a picky person.One of the great features I do like about the recording is that it has rehears mode when you press it the first time. This allows you to mess around with the settings with the gain, limiter, lowcut, etc and get the proper levels before you actually start recording. When you press the record button a second time, it begins recording. Very nice feature.The sound quality is definitely wonderful. I'm not sure how the xy xy setup on the ZOOM sounds but the Roland's stereo mics are perfect for recording samples or oneshots of stuff you find outside to bang on. I carry a pair of drumstics everywhere just in case I see something I think would be a good perc sound. You can hook sound devices up to it also (with a Y adapter.) with the line in feature. I use it a lot to get a thicker noise out of my sounds being filtered thru a tape cassete recorder. I now have the ability to make my sounds feel a bit more "fuller" because of this device.It's also SUPER handy if you're recording acoustics wile jamming with a buddy. I haven't ran into any problems recording any acoustic instruments. Even if you feel you're not getting the quality or correct sound you want, it has a mic line in that allows you to use the appropriate mic you want.I put five stars down because this is the first portable digital recorder I've had and it's surprised me with the many creative things you can do with it. Even if you're in the middle of nowhere, you can edit your sounds on the fly or shorten a sample that's too long. I haven't had any trouble transferring files. I use FL Studio and haven't had any problems getting the sound files I recorded to work in it.I definitely recommend this device. I even use it to record my verbal recollection of my dreams and have also used it to start a dream diary. If I can use it when I'm extremely sleepy from waking up then I'd say it's fairly easy to operate. It really is nice to have a portable recorder.
Music background: Pro Musician, sound engineering, sound exploration and development and other stuff here and there.
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