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- High-quality stereo recording (24-bit / 96kHz) with the built-in stereo mic or external input.
- Strong, attractive metallic exterior. Music-practice features (change tempo without changing pitch, loop playback, etc.). Onboard editing functions; built-in reverb
- Auto record start, auto song split, auto level adjustPre Record function (captures 2 seconds of audio that precedes pressing REC)Use as a high-quality portable audio player (plays WAV and MP3 files)Includes windscreen and built-in tripod mounting socket
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R-05: WAVE/MP3 Recorder Affordable Pocket Recorder with Advanced Features The compact R-05 is easy to use, affordable, and packed with big-ticket features that raise the bar in its price class. Experience crystal-clear 24/96 capture, enhanced recording and editing features, and extended battery life (over 16 hours per charge). On stage, in rehearsal, at school, on the street, in the boardroom - whenever inspiration strikes, let the R-05 capture the moment with convenience and quality.
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But if you want durable, reliable, simple, high quality recording in a variety of wav & mp3 formats, this machine is for you. It does what it does, easily, every time.
I've recorded music in concert halls and living rooms. I regularly record 2 hour lectures - it all fits into a $10 SD card and txfers to computer immediately via the card or cable.
I suppose someday there will be a better machine.
1. The battery compartment is a much better design, easier to access and change batteries.
2. mini usb jack and sd card slot now on outside of unit not within battery compartment.
3. SD capacity supported is now 32GB rather than 4GB
4. input level and volume controls are now on front of unit rather than the sides.
5. Power on/hold switch better design, easier to feel.
6. Smaller, stronger more attractive form factor.
7. 'Set'/Record button is no longer labeled 'Rec'. Was confusing.
Operation and software is logical, a good carryover. Record quality is outstanding.
My wife has the R-09 now. I have the R-05. I find it to be an elegant recorder.
This little guy is doing a great job - excellent sound, durable, a faster boot up time than my last Roland and better battery life. I just wish it came with an option to get a silicone rubber filed casing to avoid the inevitable dings.
I really have only one minor complaint with it, and that is that there after the battery life screen dimmer kicks in, there is no easy way to get the front display to light up when recording except to tap on of the output volume control keys. All of the other front panel buttons can affect the recording in progress.
Anyway, so far so good. I'll follow up in a few months after it gets some more "real world" use.
It also gives the best sound for its price range--I listened to many, many YouTube samples comparing this recorder to others, and this recorder gives extremely clean (noise-free) sound with just the right balance between treble and bass. (Some more expensive recorders give way too much bass.) I am extremely pleased with the sound quality and low S-N ratio.
-- The rocker switch (L, R, up, down) is extremely sensitive. If you press down too hard, the recorder will lose its mind. For example, if you want to FF a recording, just press very, very lightly on the FF button (right edge of the rocker switch). If you press down too hard, it won't FF at all. I thought this was a bad rocker switch and was going to send it in for repair, but then I found that it's just way too sensitive.
-- I nearly always have to set the mics on High, because I nearly always record at a distance and in that situation the mics just won't pick up anything without that setting.
-- The SD card is difficult to access, because the flap that covers the slot is not easily opened. (It is floppy, and positioned under a metal ridge, so that you have to use your fingernail to open it and you may be afraid to rip it off.) This is a problem because if you want to transfer the files from the recorder to your computer, you need to remove the SD card and plug the SD card directly into your computer (via a USB adapter, etc.)--or else you will spend 20 times as long getting the information transferred. That is, transferring data through the recorder to your computer is extremely slow, taking over 45 minutes to transfer a 1-hour, 2-GB recording; if you remove the SD card and use a USB adapter to your computer, it takes only a couple of minutes.
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