At the 2012 IBC show in Amsterdam, Roland Systems Group introduced its new flagship field recorder, the Roland R-88, which will be available in early 2013. The Roland R-88 integrates a recorder, mixer and 10-input/8-output USB audio interface in one unit. With eight discrete channels of audio recording plus a stereo mix, the R-88 is designed for multichannel applications such as location sound design, event production, event videography, and live musical performance.
The R-88 offers simultaneous recording of eight channels plus stereo mix (up to 96 kHz), up to 24-bit/192kHz uncompressed linear PCM recording (up to four channels), and three hours of recording time using a 32GB SDHC card. It has eight XLR inputs, eight XLR outputs, AES/EBU input/output, and SMPTE timecode in/out for video sync.
The Roland R-88 includes a built-in 8-channel mixer with 3-band EQ and MS microphone decoder, various timecode modes and slate tone/mic for memos. The stereo mix output on the R-88 enables a stereo mix back to the camera to record reference audio, or provides a stereo monitor output while simultaneously recording individual tracks. Eight discrete outputs allow users to embed the audio tracks into a SDI video feed by using a multichannel SDI audio embedder. It also features professional AES/EBU digital I/O to digitally record from or send to a mixing console or other digital source.
The R-88’s built-in mixer is equipped with a 3-band EQ enabling a quality stereo mix to be monitored and recorded simultaneously along with each discrete audio track. The large touchscreen display enables clear and intuitive device setup and control. Users can lock the display and front controls to avoid any accidental operations.
For post-production environments, the R-88 features a built-in 10-input/8-output USB audio interface for multichannel recording. The eight output ports are especially useful for surround projects. The interface function is also able to provide a backup record mechanism simultaneously recording all tracks to a DAW of choice.
The R-88 weighs less than six pounds including eight AA batteries. Optional accessories include a custom carrying bag, remote footswitch controllers for Start, Stop and Record, a marking function, and more.