Edirol's slimmest mobile recorder!
Edirol is no stranger to mobile digital recording. Their R-1 and R-4 recorders are extremely popular, with numerous functions and an easy-to-use interface. The next generation R-09 recorder places the best features of its predecessors in half the space (about 2" x 4" x 1.25"), for better portability and pristine recording.
Onboard condenser mic
The R-09 uses an onboard condenser microphone for high-quality 24-bit digital audio capture. The microphone can be run in mono- or stereo-mode depending on your intended source. Mono may be adequate for lectures, podcasts, or interviews, while stereo is better for sample-gathering or music. You get a low-cut filter and a gain boost with peak indicator to be sure your incoming signal is at its best. Vocals will have more clarity, and the signal will be strong and clean without excess noise muddying up your tracks. The integrated reverb effect helps add lush ambience to an otherwise dry take. Long, eye-drooping speeches will gain some much-needed life and color. While you can't make the content any more interesting, the speaker will thank you for making them sound so good.
Sample rates, storage, and power
You can further tailor your recordings with the sample-rate selector. Choose from CD-quality 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz .wav format, or up to 320 kbps .mp3 files. A 48 kHz uncompressed .wav file will give you the best quality, while a compressed .mp3 will give you more…
recording space. With the R-09, you can base your choice on your project, instead of having the choice forced upon you by the limitations of a lesser recording device. The R-09 supports up to a 2GB SD card, which will hold 110 minutes of 24-bit, 48 kHZ audio, or over 33 hours of mp3's! Any size project is now within your reach. Use two AA alkaline or nickel hydrogen batteries, or the included AC adapter for hours of power.
External input connection
For more controlled recording situations, Edirol included a 1/8 in. jack to accept external mic or line input sources. Use a lavalier mic to discreetly record a solo speaker for lectures or interviews. In most cases, your subject will be more relaxed and confident than they would be if you shoved a microphone up in their face. For recording live music, a simple patch cable lets you take a feed right from the mixer for direct audio transfer. Use the 'Tape Out' connection for the overall sound, or use a free Aux bus for a dedicated recording mix if the board supports it. Either way, you'll capture the band's sound without any annoying and possibly track-ruining color commentary from the audience. If you've ever tried to use a microphone while standing next to an unruly fan, you can definitely appreciate the value of the line-in connection.
Flexible output options
During playback, a second combo mini-plug gives you multiple listening options. For quick reference and personal monitoring, use your favorite pair of headphones. You can check the input signal in real time without disturbing the performance, or double-check your take to make sure yo didn't miss anything. The line output is a convenient way to share the playback with others. Plug it into a portable powered speaker or a free channel on the mixer and out comes the sound. For musicians, the R-09 is perfect for playing background tracks during breaks in your set. It's a good idea to play music similar to your own so the crowd doesn't lose interest while you're away from the stage. Back in the studio, the combo jack acts as an optical digital output for making on-the-fly copies of your projects. Hook it up to a digital CD burner and you've got instant duplicates with no loss of quality.
If you prefer to edit and process your tracks before duplication, the USB I/O port lets you transfer files to and from your computer with ease. Prepare your output for distribution, and you'll be sure every track sounds just the way you want it. Clip out long pauses during podcasts to help everything flow smoothly. Record a riff you've been working on, then drop it into your mixing software to blend it with the rest of the song. Computer hard drives are great for archiving your audio for later use. That sound byte you recorded last year might be just what you need for this week's project. With the R-09 and USB, you can save it all.
Capture ideas quickly
Singer/songwriters will want an R-09 for use as a "digital sketchpad." It has never been easier to jot down those quick bits of inspiration as they pop up. Hum the melody into the onboard mic, or strum your acoustic to remember the chord changes for tonight's rehearsal. The R-09 is great for non-music related capture as well. Students can record lectures and prevent writer's cramp caused by furious note-taking. Journalists can replace their antiquated mini-cassette recorders and get every word of the interview with accuracy and clarity. With its compact size and extended battery life, there are no limits to where you can take it.
Edirol's R-09 recorder includes an owner's manual, AC adapter, 64MB SD card, and mini-USB cable.