AMSTERDAM — At the IBC show, Roland Systems Group (www.rolandsystemsgroup.com) introduced their new flagship field recorder, the Roland R-88. The R-88 is a professional recorder, mixer and a multi-channel audio interface. With eight discrete channels of audio recording plus a stereo mix, the unit is well suited for demanding multi-channel applications such as location sound design, event production, event videography, and live musical performance.
For location sound professionals, the R-88 includes a full on-board mixer, various timecode modes and slate tone/mic for memos. The stereo mix output is designed for location sound recording, enabling a stereo mix back to the camera to record reference audio or provide a stereo monitor output while simultaneously recording individual tracks. With eight discrete outputs, users can also embed the audio tracks into an SDI video feed by using a multi-channel SDI audio embedder. The unit also features professional AES/EBU digital I/O to digitally record from or send to a mixing console or other digital source.
The R-88’s built-in mixer is equipped with a three-band EQ enabling a quality stereo mix to be monitored and/or recorded simultaneously, along with each discrete audio track. The touch screen display enables device setup and control.
Also beneficial to post users is the R-88’s built-in 10-input/8-output USB audio interface for multi-channel recording. The eight-output ports are especially useful for surround projects.
The R-88 weighs less than six pounds including eight AA batteries. Optional accessories include a custom carrying bag, and remote footswitch controllers. The unit will be available in early 2013.