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Roland Gets The Spirit

An MP3 audio codec by Spirit DSP is used in Roland Corporation's newly released multi-track recorder Micro BR BR-80.

Moscow, Russia (May 18, 2011)—An MP3 audio codec by Spirit DSP is used in Roland Corporation’s newly released multi-track recorder Micro BR BR-80.

Launched in early April 2011, Roland’s newest Micro BR BR-80 is small enough to fit in a pocket, offers two tracks of simultaneous WAV-format recording, eight tracks of playback, and 64 virtual tracks for editing and mixdown.

“Audio quality and battery life are truly the key factors for a success of every music-oriented professional and consumer mobile audio recording device. For us, Spirit DSP was the evident #1 choice in terms of highest scores of encoding quality together with ultimate codec’s MIPS optimization, both unavailable in any other implementation,” said Roland’s Recorder Product Design Officer Koichi Mizumoto. “

“MP3 audio compression technology is the most important functionality required for a portable audio recording device,” said Spirit’s VP Sales & Marketing Alexander Kravchenko. “Spirit’s MP3 codec embedded within Roland’s new portable audio recording devices offers music professionals a highly optimized, highly functional audio recording device with the superior audio quality and battery savings and we’re pleased that Roland turned to us to power their new and innovative Micro BR BR-80 portable multi-track recorder.”

Kravchenko continued, “Additionally, this agreement with Roland re-confirms Spirit’s leadership in HD audio- and video-conferencing. Spirit’s professional audio equipment OEM customers, such as Roland, Denon & Marantz and Kawai, along with Spirit’s videoconferencing system vendor customers, like Polycom and Radvision, all recognize the high quality and performance of our audio software.”