Edirol R09 24-Bit WAV and MP3 Recorder

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Recorder Part
Tracks: 2 (stereo)

Signal processing: AD/DA conversion: 24 bits, 44.1/48 kHz

Data type: Format: MPEG 1, Audio Layer 3 (MP3), Sampling Rate: 44.1/48 kHz, Bit Rates: 64/96/128/160/192/256/320 kbps, Format: WAV, Sampling Rate: 44.1/48 kHz, Bit Depth: 16/24 bits

Memory card: SD Card (supports 32 MB2 GB)

Input and Output
Audio inputs: Internal Stereo Microphone, External MIC (Stereo miniature phone type, plug-in powered mic), LINE IN (Stereo miniature phone type), Internal mic (stereo), Mic input jack (stereo miniature phone type, plug-in power supported), Line input jack (stereo miniature phone type)

* The mic input jack and line input jack cannot be used simultaneously (line input takes priority)

Audio outputs: Headphone jack (stereo miniature phone type), Digital output jack (optical miniature phone type), Line output jack (stereo miniature phone type)

* Headphones, digital output, and line output share the same jack

USB interface: Mini-B type connector

* USB 1.1/2.0 mass storage device class compatible

Effects: Playback Reverb

Display: 20 characters, 2 lines (Organic Light Emitting Diode)

Power supply: AC adapter (PSB-6U), Alkaline dry battery LR6 (AA) type x 2, or Nickel Hydrogen battery (HR15/51) x 2

Accessories: owner's manual, AC adapter (PSB-6U), SD Card (64 M bytes), USB cable (Mini-B type)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-380-2580

Edirol R09 24-Bit WAV and MP3 Recorder

Pristine 24-bit recording to go!

Over the past year, EDIROL sold a staggering number of R-1 and R-4 recorders, making "Portable Recording" one of the most successful product categories in the company's portfolio. Now comes a new addition to the red-hot lineup: the R-09. Building on the success of the R-1, the R-09 takes many of the most desired features - 24-bit uncompressed recording and a built-in stereo mic - and shrinks it all down into a more streamlined, stylish, and affordable package.

24-bit/48kHz (or 44.1kHz) uncompressed recording

Up to 320kbps MP3 playback and recording

Records to SD card (64MB card included)

High-grade stereo condenser microphone built in

Mic and Line audio inputs; USB I/O

Easy operation, user-friendly graphic display

Ultra portable, half the size of the R-1

Long battery life

Crystal-Clear Capture
It's ultra small and looks like a gadget, but make no mistake - the R-09 is a serious, top-quality professional recorder. Capture source material at a crystal-clean 24-bit resolution with your choice of 44.1 or 48kHz sample rates. You can record and play back in MP3 format as well (up to 320kbps). Once recorded, your files can be monitored through the R-09's headphone jack and/or exported to a computer via USB.

Microphone Included
To record audio into the R-09, there's no extra gear to buy or no cables to connect. A quality stereo microphone is built right into the unit, complete with a dedicated input control, mono/stereo selector, low-cut filter, and gain boost. Just point and record! If you wish to use an external microphone, the R-09 offers a 1/4 in. mic input.

The R-09 is more affordable than its predecessor, the R-1. One reason the R-1 carries a heavier price tag is because of its well-stocked lineup of internal effects. The R-09 isn't devoid of effects, however. It contains the world's most-requested/desired effect: reverb. Whether you're listening to WAV or MP3 files, you can route the R-09's playback through its internal reverb processor, immersing it in lush, user-controllable ambience.

More Than Music
The R-09 is perfect for capturing live music events, recitals, and rehearsals. It's also handy as a songwriter's sketchpad, ensuring that no moment of inspiration is lost. But the R-09 has many valuable uses outside of the music world as well. Students can use it to record lectures. Broadcasters and journalists can throw away their antiquated cassette recorders and use the R-09 for in-the-field interviews. Wherever, whenever there's a need to capture audio, the R-09 can do it hassle-free thanks to its built-in microphone and long battery operation.
(125 ratings)
Submitted June 12, 2006 by a customer from hotmail.com
"Finally a good affordable flash live recorder"
I'm very impressed so far. I'm just bummed that it lacks track marking capability.

I have a Sony HiMD MZRH10 and the sound quality on the R9 is just as good. The built in mic so far sounds great(I've had it for two days), although it's not ideal if you're recording live, since you'd want something shock mounted in that situation to avoid bump sounds.

The battery life seems pretty good. I'm using NiMH 2500 mA energizers, and recorded for an hour and a half straight without any dip in the battery level. My only major complaint with the R9 as a HiMD replacement is the inability to split and splice together adjacent tracks. This means that if you want to record an entire show, you have to record the whole thing as one file and split it up on a computer later. A minidisc recorder will allow you to insert and remove track marks at will. A big improvement over the R1 is the input control. The R1 has a dial for this, which is not great if you'd like to throw the unit in your pocket or a bag. This unit has two buttons for input control, which can be locked with the hold switch.

Ease of Use
I found this very easy to use, although I'm tech savvy. I've had to refer to the manual only once so far, to find out how to delete a track, which I didn't find intuitive. Otherwise, input level is easily modified as mentioned above, as opposed to my HiMD recorder, which always required several read more rushed steps to get the sound I wanted.

It seems pretty sturdy so far, with the exception of what seems to be a really crappy cover for the battery/sd card slot/usb port area. I bought a warranty from the store because of just this!

Probably the best live recorder for the money on the market today.

Manufacturer Support
No Experience.

The Wow Factor
Definitely not as sexy as the HiMD recorder, but leaps and bounds above the R1 and the M-Audio MicroTrack.

Musical Background:
Piano Teacher, Singer, band keyboardist

Musical Style:
Rock, jazz, funk, regina spektor
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