detail, depth, and unparalleled flexibility�welcome to a new world of
The R-26 captures audio with high-definition direct sound, as well as the
rich natural ambience of the recording environment. With dual stereo mics,
six channels of simultaneous recording, and much more, this portable
recorder offers true professional quality and flexibility, opening the door
to limitless creative possibilities. The R-26 is a part of our series of
audio field recorders.
Hand-held field recorders have been hot commodities for musicians, recording
engineers, and sound designers for years. This innovative recorder is
portable yet loaded with first-class, professional features, the likes of
which the industry has not seen to date in this class. There are two types
of stereo microphones built into the R-26, plus a pair of XLR/TRS combo
inputs for external mics, and an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic.
Choose simultaneous combinations of the built-in mics (directional and
omnidirectional), as well as the external inputs. Capture live performances
with simultaneous line and ambient signal paths, record important speeches,
lectures, and presentations, or take the R-26 into the inner city or deep
forest for pristine field capture. The sky's the limit with this powerful,
portable, and incredibly flexible recorder.
types of built-in stereo mics�omnidirectional and
directional�operate independently of each other.
The R-26's dual stereo mics provide the ultimate flexibility in
different recording applications. In addition to capturing
recordings that leverage the individual characteristics of OMNI (omnidirectional)
and XY (directional) mics, you can mix the mics together to achieve
the optimum balance.
Support for up to six channels of simultaneous recording�a powerful
tool for professional applications.
In addition to the onboard mics, the R-26 provides XLR/TRS inputs
for up to six channels (three stereo) of simultaneous recording. For
example, you can capture an instrument up close with the built-in
mics, record room ambience with external mics, and save them as
separate files for mixing together later.
Three-channel IARC circuitry reduces interference between inputs for
The R-26 is equipped with Roland's proprietary IARC (Isolated
Adaptive Recording Circuit) on the inputs for the built-in mics and
as well as the external inputs. This analog circuit is completely
isolated from the digital circuitry and has its own power supply,
reducing digital noise and achieving very clear sound.
Two types of
built-in stereo microphones (omnidirectional and directional) that can
be used in various combinations
Two XLR/TRS combo
inputs with 48 V phantom power, plus an input for a stereo plug-in
Supports up to six
channels (three stereo channels) of simultaneous recording
touchscreen display for intuitive navigation
knobs for fine adjustment
USB interface for use as an audio interface or external storage
function; combine this with the built-in or external mics for the
optimum live video streaming setup (only with Audio Interface function)
Bundled with SONAR
LE software (PC)
to sound quality, no stone was left unturned in developing the R-26's new
At the top of the R-26 are OMNI (omnidirectional) and XY (directional)
stereo mic pairs, which not only provide pro-level sound, but also
contribute to the unit's impressive styling. To maximize their
sound-collecting characteristics, we thoroughly studied the optimum shapes,
positions, and angles of the mics. The OMNI mics are entirely enclosed in a
mesh and optimized to faithfully capture sounds down to super-low
frequencies. The XY mics have been given ample space, maximizing their
performance. Additionally, the mics are laid out in a 90� configuration to
create a natural stereo image. This ensures that your recordings will be
clear, expansive, and true to the recording environment.
variety of external inputs are available, including XLR jacks and support
for plug-in mics.
At the bottom of the unit, you'll find two analog combo (XLR/TRS) jacks with
48 V phantom power. In addition, there's a side-mounted plug-in mic (stereo
mini) input with support for plug-in power. By combining external mics with
the built-in mics, you can perform a variety of different types of
recordings. The R-26 inputs are equipped with high-performance mic preamps
directly inherited from Roland's R-44 professional recorder for the highest
level of sound quality.
The R-26 supports 24-bit/96 kHz linear PCM recording, and also
simultaneous recording in WAV/BWF and MP3 formats.
High-resolution, 24-bit/96 kHz linear PCM recording is supported, and you
can choose between WAV and BWF file types, with the latter providing
time-stamping and other info. The R-26 also supports MP3, and you can record
to WAV/BWF and MP3 formats simultaneously.
An onboard limiter and low-cut filter reduces distortion and noise.
The back end of the mic preamp is fitted with a limiter and low-cut filter.
By activating the limiter, you can reduce distortion caused by excessive
input levels. Activate the low-cut filter to reduce unwanted low-frequency
content that often occurs with voice, wind noise, and various environmental
vibrations. Three cut-off frequencies are selectable: 100, 200, or 400 Hz.
With Pre-recording, you'll never miss a recording opportunity.
The R-26 is equipped with a multitude of convenient functions that help you
achieve your recording objectives with ease. One such function is
Pre-recording, where your recording actually begins two seconds before you
initiate it. This ensures you won't miss the very beginning of a recording,
even when you're late in pressing the Record button. This is a great feature
for capturing environmental sounds as they occur, such as chirping birds.
AUTO-SENS analyzes and recommends the optimum input level to help
prevent recording errors.
Setting the optimum recording level is essential for making high-quality
recordings. To assist you, the R-26 is equipped with an AUTO-SENS function
that automatically determines the appropriate mic sensitivity for different
sources by analyzing the input level. This helps you quickly set the optimum
level and avoid recording errors such as distortion and insufficient levels.
Easy-to-use onboard editing allows you to split and merge projects,
as well as delete unneeded portions.
The R-26's editing capabilities allow you to edit your sound recordings on
the spot. In addition to basic functions such as selecting, copying, moving,
and deleting projects, you can also split, merge, and delete (trim)
sections. This lets you to complete your editing work right on the R-26.
large touch panel display for intuitive fingertip operation.
A major feature of the R-26 is its large touch panel display, which allows
for quick and intuitive operation. The hi-res LCD shows small text and
graphics clearly and sharply, with a high-luminance backlight for perfect
visibility in any lighting. You can easily check levels on a responsive
graphic meter, and use the waveform display for sound editing.
often-used hardware controls were designed from scratch to ensure easy
The R-26's design prioritizes ease of use over all else. The two input knobs
are large and easy to operate, letting you make fine adjustments to your
input levels. Other controls that you'll be using often are provided as
dedicated hardware switches. It's easy to know which switch to use at a
glance, enabling intuitive, stress-free operation in any situation.
three different power modes: AC, plus internal or external batteries.
Designed to run on four AA batteries, generic external batteries, or its
included AC adaptor, the R-26 gives you a wide range of power options to
handle any mobile recording environment.
audio interface function allows you to send the audio input directly to your
The R-26 functions as a USB audio interface for your PC (Windows or Mac),
allowing you to send the sound you've captured on its built-in stereo mics
or external mics/devices directly to your favorite DAW program. This
functionality is also perfect for capturing high-quality audio for Internet
streaming applications, such as music performance videos.
R-26's extensive set of useful functions support a diverse range of
function allows you to manually set markers to begin playback of your
recordings at any point in their timeline. You can also set markers
automatically during recording based on different conditions.
A Voice Memo
function lets you to add up to 30 seconds of audio to an existing
recording, great for adding location notes and other identifying
Playback speed can
be adjusted between 50% and 150%.
function aids in fixing audio files that have become damaged.
Equipped with a
USB 2.0 connector that supports USB mass storage�a USB cable is all you
need to send data at high speed to your PC.
A Preview Monitor
on the side enables you to check your recordings without connecting
A threaded hole on
the rear panel allows you to mount the R-26 onto a generic camera tripod
Comes bundled with SONAR X1 LE, a streamlined version of Cakewalk's SONAR X1
DAW program. This is a handy tool not only for editing and mixing audio
recorded on the R-26, but also a powerful platform for any type of pro audio