Edirol announced the R-4, a 4-channel portable digital recorder and wave editor, all in one unit. The R-4 is uniquely designed to offer sound professionals a cost-effective, high-quality solution to multichannel field recording.
The R-4 records directly to an internal 40 GB hard drive providing storage capacity for 58 hours of 16-bit/44.1kHz stereo recording, or over 17 hours at 24-bit/96kHz. The R-4 can record at audio resolutions up to 24-bit/96kHz on all four channels, for total high-resolution multichannel performance. The unit features a built-in limiter and five different dynamic processors; 3-band parametric EQ, 6-band graphic EQ, noise gate, enhancer and compressor/de-esser.
The R-4 includes an array of input/output options including four XLR/TRS combo microphone jacks with phantom power, RCA analog output, S/PDIF coaxial input/output, built-in stereo microphones, built-in speakers and a USB jack for connection to a computer. The USB2.0/1.1 port allows the computer to see the R-4 as a USB mass storage device for high-speed drag and drop access to files. Alternatively, the user can use CompactFlash™ memory to give data to colleagues or to transfer data to equipment not equipped with a USB interface.
The large LCD display features a waveform editor with a variety of functions for precision editing including trim, append, split and merge. The R-4 can drop markers anywhere within an audio file to quickly skip back and forth to important points. It also offers A-B repeat, which allows users to loop any section of audio.
The R-4 includes a Pre-Record function that always captures a few seconds of audio to the record buffer. This allows users to press record after they hear what they want. The R-4 also includes an L-connector to allow any compatible video camera to sync start and stop with the R-4. The R-4 runs on either the included AC adapter or eight AA batteries, and includes a carrying case.
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