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Roland Unveils ‘R-88’ Field Recorder, Mixer

New field recorder also has post-production applications

Roland Systems Group, a producer of audio and video equipment, introduces the Roland R-88, its latest field recorder that integrates a recorder, mixer and a multi-channel audio interface.

The Roland R-88 includes features required by location sound professionals, including a full on-board mixer, various timecode modes and slate tone/microphone for memos, according to the company. The stereo mix output enables a stereo mix back to the camera to record reference audio or provides a stereo monitor output while simultaneously recording individual tracks, Roland says.

In addition, with eight discrete outputs a user can embed the audio tracks into a serial digital interface (SDI) video feed by using a multi-channel SDI audio embedder. The R-88 also features advanced encryption standard (AES)/European Broadcast Union (EBU) digital input/output (I/O) to digitally record from, or send to, a mixing console or other digital source.

The R-88 is also suited for post-production environments with its 10-input and eight-output universal serial bus (USB) audio interface for multi-channel recording, when it can be used for surround projects, Roland says. The interface function is also able to provide a backup record mechanism simultaneously recording all tracks to a digital audio workstation (DAW) of choice.

The R-88’s built-in mixer is equipped with a three-band equalizer, enabling a stereo mix to be monitored and/or recorded simultaneously along with each discrete audio track, the company says. And the field recorder has a large touch-screen display that can be locked along with the front controls to avoid any accidental operations, Roland says.