Roland R-88

10-channel 24-bit/192kHz SD Field Recorder/Mobile Mixer/USB 2.0 Audio Interface with 8 x XLR Inputs, AES/EBU Digital I/O, SMPTE/Word Clock, and Onboard DSP EQ and Mid-Side Processing
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Mobile Media Workhorse!

Roland's R-88 combination recorder/mixer/audio interface is any mobile media production profession's dream-come-true. Made for field work, this 10-in/8-out workhorse runs on AC, 4-pin external batteries, or a rechargeable Ni-MH battery, or standard AAs. In all, the R-88 gives you eight balanced XLR inputs and outputs plus AES/EBU digital I/O and a host of other useful options. Whether you're shooting DSLR video in the field or running sound reinforcement in a conference hall, the Roland R-88 is your key to success.

Roland R-88 Field Recorder/Mixer/Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • A smart field recorder you can use with any media rig
  • Mobile mixing makes live event mixing a breeze
  • Fully loaded USB audio interface for on-the-fly production
A smart field recorder you can use with any media rig

When it comes to location recording for video work, the Roland R-88 gives you all of the mobile media production tools you need to make every shoot run smoothly. It lets you record audio feeds from up to eight microphones - and even a couple of digital sources - in full 24-bit/96Hz linear PCM format - all onto inexpensive SD Card media. At the same time, you can pass a stereo audio feed back to your camera for a high-quality reference mix. What's more, the R-88 even supports SMPTE I/O, making video sync painless.

Mobile mixing makes live event mixing a breeze

From boardrooms to live bands, the mixing capability Roland built into the R-88 lets you do more with less gear. A full set of hands-on controls, plus a intuitive touch panel display make setup easy. There's a DSP-based 3-band EQ on each channel and eight discrete XLR outputs on the R-88 for sound reinforcement and monitoring.

Fully loaded USB audio interface for on-the-fly production

Next time you want to record audio straight into a DAW with your laptop-based studio, don't worry about lugging around your studio interface and a bunch of extension cables - just hook up your Roland R-88 field recorder and you're good to go. Thanks to the R-88's USB audio interface capabilities, the same device you use to capture audio in the field can easily act as your go-to studio recorder... even if your "studio" happen to be in the middle of a field. And when you tap into the R-88's awesome Mid-Side decoding, you can pull off some mighty advanced post-production tricks as well.

Roland R-88 Field Recorder/Mixer/Audio Interface Features:
  • An amazing tool for media production in the field or in the studio
  • 10-channel field recorder capable of recording 10 tracks (8 channels + stereo mix) of 24-bit/96kHz or 4 tracks at 24-bit/192kHz linear PCM audio
  • 8 x XLR inputs with individually switchable phantom power accommodate line and mic-level sources
  • 2-channel AES/EBU digital I/O onboard
  • 8-channel mixer features 3-band EQ on each channel and Mid-Side microphone decoding
  • Acts as a 10-in/8-out audio interface when connected via USB 2.0
  • Touch panel display provides easy navigation
  • SMPTE timecode I/O and other supported timecode modes add built-in video sync capabilities
  • Embeds BWF or iXML metadata in audio
  • Runs on 4 supported power sources: AC, 4-pin XLR-type external batteries, Ni-MH battery, or 8 x AA batteries
Capture multi-track audio anywhere, with a Roland R-88!

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Tech Specs

Simultaneous Rec Tracks 10 (8 channels + stereo mix)
Simultaneous Play Tracks 8
A/D Resolution 24-bit/44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, or 192kHz
Built-in Mic(s) 1 x slate mic
Audio Interface Yes (10-in/8-out)
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR
Analog Outputs 8 x XLR, 1 x stereo 1/8"
Digital Inputs 1 x AES/EBU (2 channels)
Digital Outputs 1 x AES/EBU (2 channels)
Headphone Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Built-in Speaker Yes
Memory (removable) 2GB SDHC included (supports up to 32GB)
Built-in Effects 3-band EQ per channel, Mid-Side decoding (no effects)
Power Supply AC, 4-pin XLR-type external battery, Ni-MH battery, or 8 x AA batteries
Height 3.68"
Width 10.25"
Depth 9.31"
Weight 5.94 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number R-88

Customer Reviews

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Great Recorder

I was skeptical before i bought it because i read bad review about the R-44, After extensive testing in the field i can sum up the Pro and Cons as follow:Pros:Preamp quality is great unlike other hissy products.Touch Screen display is an awesome feature, saves loads of time.Acts as an 8 Inputs/Outputs Audio interface.Sensitivity knob helps elevate levels without affecting the main level knob.AA batteries which makes it easy to buy from anywhere in case your rechargeable ones are out.With the Addition of Porta Brace dedicated design carry bag, very easy to reach any of the I/O.Software design is very efficient.Headphone amp is very sharp and transparent.Ability to monitor any individual channel all from the same control page.AES digital input, if you feel you want Sound-Device pre amp quality.. it could be added through lossless digital I/O.TimeCode if you're old school.Cons:Black and white display, if it was a colored one with colored meters that would've been the best feature ever.Bottom line, great gear with great sound quality and half price.. i compared it to Sound Device and the R-88 is really efficient.
Music background: Composer, Sound Designer and Location Sound.

Solid, reliable

The one thing (and it is somewhat minor) has to do with the display. That is, at issue is the fact that in a darkened room, even at its dimmest setting, it can make it vary hard to see the other controls. In a well-lit place or daytime, it's great. As far as the mic pre's are concerned ...I love them. No, they do not have a 'sound' but what they are is very quiet. Another thing that I really like is that the sensitivity selections are in 6 dB increments. This is handy, because I like being able to say that my channels are set with 'x' amount of gain delta. That is, if during sound check I know that a given meter setting will just produce very short-lived clipping, then I can feel relatively good about backing the sensitivities off by 6 or 12 dB just before the start of the gig to account for 'GDTA" (gain due to adrenaline). The mixer is pretty handy as you can pan channels in the headphone mix. For someone like me who does a lot of live stereo recording, this can be very useful. Mind you, this is just to get a general feel - all of my mixing is done in post, but yes, I am very pleased with this unit. I bought a gator case for it and made the foam fit the form of the recorded. I never have to worry about the gear getting damaged. First rate stuff.
Music background: Electrical Engineer, Recording Engineer, Engineering Manager
See also: Multitrack Recorders, Roland, Roland Digital Multitrack Recorders, Roland Portable Recorders