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Edirol R-09 WAVE/MP3 Recorder-Black

by Edirol
3 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

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  • Ultra portable
  • Records to SD card
  • Mic and line audio inputs
  • Time and date stamp
  • Long battery life

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Product Description

Product Description

WAVE/MP3 Recorder

Introducing the latest addition to Edirol’s red-hot portable recorder lineup: the R-09. Building on the success of the R-1, the R-09 takes many of the most desired features — 24-bit uncompressed recording and a built-in stereo mic — and shrinks it all down into a more streamlined, stylish, and affordable package.

Feature List

  • Crystal-Clear Capture
    It’s ultra small and looks like a gadget, but make no mistake — the R-09 is a serious, top-quality professional recorder. Capture source material at a crystal-clean 24-bit resolution with your choice of 44.1 or 48kHz sample rates. You can record and play back in MP3 format as well (up to 320kbps). Once recorded, your files can be monitored through the R-09’s headphone jack and/or exported to a computer via USB.
  • I.A.R.C. (Isolated Adaptive Recording Circuit)
    I.A.R.C. is the newly developed dedicated analog circuit optimized for recording on R-09. Electrolytic capacitors provide stable, reliable power to the analog circuits, eliminating DC interference. The R-09 offers an input gain volume control to manually adjust recording levels.
  • Microphone Included
    To record audio into the R-09, there’s no extra gear to buy or no cables to connect. A quality stereo microphone is built right into the unit, complete with a dedicated input control, mono/stereo selector, low-cut filter, and gain boost. Just point and record! If you wish to use an external microphone, the R-09 offers a 1/8" mic input.
  • Sweetening
    The R-09 is more affordable than its predecessor, the R-1. One reason the R-1 carries a heavier price tag is because of its well-stocked lineup of internal effects. The R-09 isn’t devoid of effects, however. It contains the world’s most-requested/desired effect: reverb. Whether you’re listening to WAV or MP3 files, you can route the R-09’s playback through its internal reverb processor, immersing it in lush, user-controllable ambience.
  • More Than Music
    The R-09 is perfect for capturing live music events, recitals, and rehearsals. It’s also handy as a songwriter’s sketchpad, ensuring that no moment of inspiration is lost. But the R-09 has many valuable uses outside of the music world as well. Students can use it to record lectures. Broadcasters and journalists can throw away their antiquated cassette recorders and use the R-09 for in-the-field interviews. Wherever, whenever there’s a need to capture audio, the R-09 can do it hassle-free thanks to its built-in microphone and long battery operation.
  • USB 2.0 Connection to Computer for Rapid File Transfer
    The R-09 can connect to the outside world via USB 2.0 for importing/exporting audio files via computer very quickly. For example, a 600 MB recording at 44.1 kHz/16-bit takes only 5 minutes to transfer, only 1/12 of the time it would take to transfer the same recording from a MiniDisc or tape (cassette/DAT) recorder.

Product Information

Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Product Dimensions 9 x 6.4 x 2.9 inches
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Item model number R-09
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3 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #111,772 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#189 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Portable Recorders
Date first available at July 19, 2004

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By P. Schmidt on June 14, 2006
Color: Black
I previously wrote an Amazon review of the main competition for the Edirol R-09 digital recorder, namely the m-Audio "Microtrack". In that review, I noted some serious reservations that I had with the Microtrack. Since that time, further experience with m-Audio and the Microtrack soured me on that company and that product, but Amazon does not allow a person to modify their reviews. I don't want to go in to the details here, but I will say that I decided the Microtrack was barely worth bothering with, and I ordered the Edirol R-09.

The R-09 is obviously targeted as a 'Microtrack killer', and in most ways Edirol has come through on all counts. In my limited experience with this very recently released product, I have yet to find any firmware bugs or disappointing functionality or performance (whereas my m-Audio's most recent firmware revision for the Microtrack, as of this writing, is still buggier than a bait shop, and shows no sign of really getting fixed properly).

The R-09 is for all practical purposes the same shirt-pocket size as the Microtrack. Where the MT used a very simple operator's interface, the R-09 instead uses something more like a conventional CD player/MP3 player/tape player interface that requires no user's manual to instantly feel comfortable with. You have the basic 4-way navigation pad that is either up/down/left/right or play-pause/stop/'rewind'/'fast forward', plus a central button that is either 'Enter' or 'Record'.

The R-09 has a tiny little LCD display, smaller than the MT, but it is superior in every way. It has all the information you caould ask for, very good level (VU) meters that actually work and respond well, elapses time, time remaining on memory card, track name, record/playback status, peak memory, special effect mode, etc.
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Color: Black
The Edirol R-09, the long awaited closest successor to the Sony M1 type of DAT recorder, arrived. The entry of small portable DAT recorders was a boon to people wanting a small, quiet, high fidelity, audio recorder that was easy to use, and had long run times. To some the M1 was limited by not having balanced mic inputs. There have now been a succession of non-mechanical recorders using flash media and I own and use three of them. The R-09 is a joy, like the M1

The unit is smaller than the M1, a little fatter than a deck of playing cards. It shipped from Full Compass in a typical small product box and when I opened it, and moved through various items, I thought they have forgot to include the recorder. But it was sitting there wrapped inconspicuously at the bottom. The cables, and power supply take up much more space. The owner's manual had a cover sheet warning about how to install the batteries, something that was also talked about in the detailed user guide. Opening the recorder to install batteries is its one Achille's heel and requires caution to not force it open. The mechanics are unusual, you slide the cover half way to get at the USB and SD card, and then have to slide a lock in the right direction to have the door pivot to open up the battery bay. Be careful here. It takes 2 AA's just like the M1 and 2500 NiMH's will power it for a very long time. I've run it for 9 hours recording with those.

The recorder has more familiar buttons and controls than it's closest competitor, the m-audio Microtrack 24/96 which is only slightly longer. The R-09 screen is small, almost junky, but it is bright and easy to read, with strong black and white letters. Without looking at the manual, you can program the date, and details with one hand.
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Just after ordering the Edirol R-09, the Zoom H4 came out, which promised even more features at $100 less. I ordered Zoom H4, too. The Zoom went back and the Edirol stayed, despite the premium cost.

The Zoom has a huge variety of features that the Edirol lacks. The Zoom may even sound the slightest bit better (more open, slightly better high end) when both are used to record with their built in mics. However, this functionality comes with a price--a much more complicated interface.

The Zoom does everything. It records directly to wav and mp3. It's a 4 track recording studio. It serves as computer interface for your guitar. It serves as an effects box. It can emulate four different types of microphones, such as the Shure SM57 and the AKG C414. It's even got a built-in metronome and tuner!

In order to do all this, the Zoom H4's buttons and controls must necessarily be multi-function. On top of that, it adds a jog dial (like the wheel on a mouse: slide in either direction to change menu choices, push to select the current choice). It is necessary to go two levels deep in the menus to set recording levels manually. The Edirol R-09's interface is so simple and intuitive that many could use it without even looking at the manual. Since all I was looking for was a recorder, the Edirol was the easy choice for me.

The Edirol is quite rightly criticized for how awkward it is to insert and remove batteries. In theory, it's a lot easier to do with the Zoom H4. In practice, I found it just as awkward. I found the SD card much harder to swap out of the Zoom H4 than out of the Edirol R-09.

The Edirol R-09 has four very small rubber buttons on the back.
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