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Roland R-26 handheld recorder is announced

Subject: Roland R-26 handheld recorder is announced
From: "oryoki2000" oryoki2000
Date: Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:38 pm ((PDT))
Thanks to George2 on for bringing this to my attention. 

Roland announced a new handheld recorder called the R-26 at the IBC2011 trade 
show and conference, currently under way in Amsterdam.  Read about the recorder 

The R-26 distinguishes itself by offering four inputs for audio recording:

-- a pair of mics in XY configuration on the top of the recorder
-- a pair of mics in omni configuration on the top
-- a 3.5mm stereo jack with plug in power for external mics.
-- a pair of XLR/TRS combo jacks with 48V phantom power for external mics.

The R-26 allows you to select up to three of these four inputs for simultaneous 
recording. You can record 2, 4 or 6 channels, hence R-26.

Roland says the mic preamps in the R-26 are derived from the R-44, which is 
supposed to imply decent quality, but could mean anything.

Competitors for the R-26 include the Zoom H4n and Tascam DR-100 multi-channel 
recorders, both about $300USD.  So I expect the R-26 to carry a price tag 
somewhat higher than this when it appears in stores in October. 

The R-26 will also be shown at the Musikmesse 2011 conference in Frankfurt next 

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