CES 2018 – Roland R-07 Portable Audio Recorder

At CES 2018 Roland has launched a new low cost portable audio recorder called the R-07. The R-07 comes with a lot of smart, easy to use features, but it doesn’t come with any XLR inputs.

CES 2018 – Roland R-07 Portable Audio Recorder

The R-07 comes with an internal stereo microphone and a MIC/AUX IN (stereo miniature phone type, plug-in powered mic). You can connect a lavalier mic or an external device and the recorder supports mono and stereo WAV recording at rates up to 24-bit / 96 kHz and MP3 recording at rates up to 320 kbps. The internal mic and the MIC/AUX IN can’t be used at the same time, the MIC/AUX IN will overide the internal mic. You could use the headphone out jack to send a signal into a small DSLR or mirrorless camera if need be.

CES 2018 – Roland R-07 Portable Audio Recorder

If you need to connect up a cable or a microphone that uses a 3 pin XLR there are plenty of inexpensive 3-Pin XLR Female to 3.5mm RA Stereo Mini-Plugs available. Omnidirectional lavalier microphones with 3.5mm mic-level inputs are also reasonably affordable.

CES 2018 – Roland R-07 Portable Audio Recorder

Smartphones have become fairly good at recording audio in basic situations, but for reliable and professional results you really need a dedicated recorder. Some of the recorders available on the market are too bulky, and overly complicated for some begineers. The R-07 is supposed to be a in-between option that fills the gap between using a smartphone or a more expensive and larger audio recorder.

CES 2018 – Roland R-07 Portable Audio Recorder

The recorder weighs in at just 150g (6oz) with batteries and is only 10.3cm (4.05″) long.

CES 2018 – Roland R-07 Portable Audio Recorder

The R-07 features a one-touch recording setup, and built-in Bluetooth capabilities mean you can control, monitor and listen back wirelessly using supported smartphones, smartwatches and Bluetooth speakers. Being able to monitor the recorder remotely using Bluetooth is a fantastic feature for VJs or one man crews. The recorder runs off two AA batteries for up to 15 hours, or you can power it via USB bus power.

The Roland R-07 could be used for on-location interviews, on-the-road demos, in classrooms, boardrooms, or for field recording. The R-07 can automatically apply the ideal settings by choosing one of the preset Scenes. When you select a Scene, the sample rate, record mode, limiter, low cut, and input level instantly adjust to their optimal settings. You can then alter any of the settings and save them for next time.

CES 2018 – Roland R-07 Portable Audio Recorder

There is also Dual Recording and Hybrid Limiting, which are both vital for insuring you don’t ruin a recording due to overload or clipping. The R-07 can make two simultaneous recordings, one at full level and another at a lower level with increased headroom. If there’s unexpected clipping in the main recording, you can replace that section with a portion of the lower-level backup recording. Hybrid Limiting can even handle this automatically, so you get all the safety of limiting with none of the downsides.

CES 2018 – Roland R-07 Portable Audio Recorder

The Roland R-07 looks to be a good option for shooters using small mirrorless or DSLR cameras that don’t record decent audio. At $229.99 USD it does face tough competition from products such as the Zoom H4n Pro ($199), and Tascam DR-10L Digital Audio Recorder ($199)

Standard Features
WAV support: 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz, 16/24-bit
MP3 support: 64/96/128/160/192/224/320 kbps
Hybrid Limiter and Dual Recording
Bluetooth® remote control with smartphone and smartwatch
Wireless headphone and speaker playback
One-touch Scene function for instant setup in any recording scenario
Tuner and metronome for musical applications
Rehearsal function for perfect input levels with a single touch
128 x 64 graphic LCD with white backlight for easy visibility
Supports microSD cards (SD, SDHC)
Mic/aux Input and headphone output
Runs on batteries (AA x 2) or USB bus power
Built-in speaker for convenient playback anywhere
Stylish, compact design available in black, red, or white
Simultaneous WAV and MP3 recording

Tracks 2 (stereo)
4 (stereo x2) * WAV x 2 recording mode only

Signal Processing
AD/DA conversion: 24 bits, 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHzData Type[For Recording] * Stereo only

Sampling Rate: 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz
Bit Depth: 16/24 bits

MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3)
Sampling Rate: 44.1/48 kHz
Bit Rates: 64/96/128/160/192/224/320 kbps

Sampling Rate: 44.1/48 kHz
Bit Depth: 16 bits
Bit Rates: 128 kbps

WAVE x 2
Sampling Rate: 44.1/48 kHz
Bit Depth: 16/24 bits

[For Playback]
Sampling Rate: 32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz
Bit Depth: 16/24 bits

MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3)
Sampling Rate: 32/44.1/48 kHz
Bit Rates: 32–320 kbps or VBR (Variable Bit Rate)

Memory Card
microSD Card
SDHC format compatible

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