Roland R-26

24-bit/96kHz Digital 6-track Recorder with 4 Built-in Microphones, XLR and hi-Z Inputs, and Phantom Power
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EM Editors' Choice Award Winner!

Roland's R-26 makes it easier than ever to capture breathtaking recordings, anywhere. Despite its super-compact handheld format, this digital SD recorder brims with versatile functionality. The R-26 includes two sets of stereo microphones (directional and omnidirectional), for outstanding performance in any environment. You can record up to six channels of audio (or three stereo channels) simultaneously, and choose the tracks that sound best. A pair of XLR/TRS inputs let you add your favorite mics or mixer feed, and phantom power is provided. This amazing recorder also includes a separate connection for an external stereo microphone. The large LCD touchscreen lets you navigate menus, change settings, and edit waveforms.

Roland R-26 Portable Recorder at a Glance:
  • Built-in Mics
  • High-quality Audio
  • USB Connectivity
Built-in Mics

The Roland R-26 has four built-in microphones. These are designed as stereo sets, one omnidirectional and the other directional. You can record with these mics as separate pairs or both sets simultaneously for a huge stereo field that still retains the low end and ambience. On top of the built-in mics, the Roland R-26 has two phantom-powered XLR combo jacks and a stereo 1/8" input. The R-26 will record up to six channels simultaneously.

High-quality Audio

We all want high-resolution audio from our recordings, no matter if they are in the studio or field recordings. The Roland R-26 has the resolutions you need, it will record six simultaneous channels of audio at 24-bit/96kHz resolution.

USB Connectivity

The vesrsatile R-26 can even be used as an external USB interface or storage device! Store and transport your computer files or use the Roland R-26 to connect to your computer and record with the included SONAR LE software.

Roland R-26 Portable Recorded Features:
  • Two built-in stereo mic pairs
  • Record six channels of simultaneous audio
  • 24-bit/96kHz sampling rate
  • USB connectivity
  • XLR combo jack inputs
  • Phantom Power
  • Large touchscreen
Get the best recording you can, no matter where you are, with the Roland R-26.

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Tech Specs

Audio Interface Yes
A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Simultaneous Rec Tracks 6
Simultaneous Play Tracks 6
Built-in Mic(s) 4
Analog Inputs XLR, 1/4", 1/8" Stereo
Analog Outputs 1/8"
Headphone Outputs 1 x 1/8"
Built-in Speaker Yes
Memory (removable) 1 GB SD Included
Power Supply 4 x AA
Stand Mountable Yes
Height 7.125"
Width 3.25"
Depth 1.625"
Weight 0.875 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number R-26

Customer Reviews

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Excellent unit!

I was an outdoor concert, about 60-80' away and off to a good angle. The quality of the internal mics (XY & Omni) recording was impressive. I also recently did a band (at a bar) at 6 tracks with 2 external Rode M5 mics. Placement of the R26 and mics was highly problematic yet I eeked out a decent recording, the vocals being the weak part. Using a 32gig card there is tons of room, even at 6 tracks. Battery life is not good when using phantom power. Use the a/c power supply or a large battery pack. Love this modern digital piece of engineering.
Music background: hobbyist

Capable recorder

Easy to use, capable, versatile, good sound, long battery life. Used to record rehearsals using built in mics. Used to record concerts through PA system.
Music background: amateur musician and sound engineer

One Issue

I 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.
Music background: Producer

Ultimate in portables

My 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.
Music background: Producer/recording engineer.

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.
Music background: Professional composer and sound designer
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