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Roland R-05 Studio WAVE/MP3 Recorder
- 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The R-05 is one of the best purchases I've made in awhile. It has brought me and other people I have shown it to closer to sounds and appreciating sounds. The R-05 has made for some rewarding experiences. It will make you want to get out of your house and be around "busy" places, whether it be nature or a city market. Shall we talk about the mics? There isn't much I can tell you beyond what everyone else will tell you. It is the first thing that will truly make you smile when you plug your headphones into the device for the first time. The input on these mics are crystalline clear and can be turned up to an impressively high level. With earbuds in, input level at 80, you may hear audible and UNDERSTANDABLE conversations several yards from across a lake, people talking casually (this happened to me while I was hiking). Another thing I would like to note is the recorder's perfect size. It's not too small, not too big, not too bulky, not too flimsy. The interface is pretty straight-forward and easy to understand. It offers some interesting features for editing and also a unique reverb effect that can be tweaked in settings.
The Roland R-05 opens up an exciting avenue in the search for epic found sounds. The R-05 is my first real introduction to portable recording, so I don't have much else to compare it to. I still consider it to be one of the best additions I've made to my studio in some time.
Pro's for me:
Amazing Sound: nuf said.. The recordings seems true and clear. No detectable hormonic distortion, compression noise or anything that I've heard from cheaper recorders.
Battery Life: 16 hours recording, confirmed with power saving turned on. (peak and red recording lights turn off)
Immediate Recording (Setup and Start): The cheaper units go through an "Initialization phase" when you hit the record button. The R-05 is immediate. When you press the REC button, it automatically pauses for level adjustments and start of song queueing.
Options: Too many to list; Very well done and well thought out for recording live instruments / voice / etc.
Sensitivity and Direction I noticed pattern that I could use to dampen back group (audience) sounds. This is useful when your primary interest is the music.
Power Saving Features: Lights can be turned off automatically when you want to conserve power.
Ease of Use: Very simple and easy to use.. Well thought out interface.
V1.03 is required to use NI-MH batteries.. If you have V1.02, it will show the battery is dead within an hour of use. After the update, I have tested it so far for 3 hours recording with 1 bar drop..
The aluminum case is only a shell, it is mostly plastic with what amounts to a phone case around it. If it is dropped, it will respond like plastic so don't drop it.
While corners were cut to bring a very good recorder to be affordable at this price point, I would highly recommend the R-05 to anyone who wants a recorder that works exactly as advertised.