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Roland R-26
Portable Recorder with 3-Way Microphone

OUR PART #:  R-26

Roland's R-26 recorder is portable yet loaded with features.
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Roland's R-26 recorder is portable yet loaded with features.  There are two types of stereo microphones built into the R-26, plus a pair of XLR/TRS combo inputs for external mics, and an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic.  Choose simultaneous combinations of the built-in mics (directional and omnidirectional), as well as the external inputs.  Capture live performances with simultaneous line and ambient signal paths, record important speeches, lectures, and presentations, or take the R-26 into the inner city or deep forest for pristine field capture.


  • Two types of built-in stereo microphones (omnidirectional and directional) that can be used in various combinations
  • Two XLR/TRS combo inputs with 48 V phantom power, plus an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic
  • Supports up to six channels (three stereo channels) of simultaneous recording
  • Large LCD touchscreen display for intuitive navigation
  • Large input-level knobs for fine adjustment
  • Built-in Hi-Speed USB interface for use as an audio interface or external storage
  • Loop-Back function; combine this with the built-in or external mics for the optimum live video streaming setup (only with Audio Interface function)
  • Bundled with SONAR LE software (PC)

The R-26 features Roland's latest DSP engine, which allows simultaneous recording of up to six channels (three stereo channels).  A large LCD touchscreen display lets you directly navigate menus for customizing the microphone settings, editing waveforms, and so on.  It also features large input-level knobs for making precise adjustments.

Directional and omnidirectional stereo microphones are built into the R-26, and can be used simultaneously.  This unique multi-stereo mic recording system lets you capture a wide stereo soundfield without spoiling the vibrant low frequencies and ambience of the venue.

Two XLR/TRS combo mic inputs are built into the R-26, plus an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic, which can be combined simultaneously with the internal mics.  At a live concert, for example, the R-26 can capture a stereo mix from the FOH mixer via its XLR inputs, as well as the ambient audience noise via its built-in stereo mics.

The R-26 allows up to six channels of simultaneous recording (three stereo pairs).  Capture the same sound source with three different types of microphones, both internal and external.  This provides a new level of flexibility after the fact, as you can choose from the individual tracks or composite mixes.

You can connect the R-26 to your computer for use as an audio interface or for external storage.  Use the R-26 in combination with the bundled SONAR LE software app to perform recording and detailed editing on your PC.

Recorder Specifications:

  • Tracks: 6 (3 stereo)
  • Signal Processing: AD/DA conversion: 24 bits, 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz
  • Data Type:
    For Recording:
    - WAVE/BWF: Sampling Rate: 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz, Bit Depth: 24/16 bits
    - MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3): Sampling Rate: 48/44.1 kHz, Bit Rates: 320/160/128 kbps
    - WAVE + MP3: Sampling Rate: 48/44.1 kHz, Bit Depth: 16 bits, Bit Rates: 128 kbps
    For Playback:
    - WAVE: Sampling Rate: 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz, Bit Depth: 24/16 bits
    - MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3): Sampling Rate: 48/44.1 kHz, Bit Rates: 32-320 kbps or VBR (Variable Bit Rate)
  • Memory Card: SD Card (SDHC format compatible)
  • Recording Time: (unit: hours)
    *Each recording time is approximate. The times may change depending on the card specifications.
    *In case that there are plural files, the sum of recording time would be shorter than above.


  • Audio Inputs:
    - Internal Stereo Microphones: Omnidirectional (OMNI) mic, Directional (XY) mic
    - Analog inputs 1/L, 2/R (XLR/TRS Combo type): XLR type (phantom powered), 1/4-inch TRS phone type (balanced/unbalanced)
    - Plug-in powered mic input (Stereo miniature phone type)
  • Audio Output: Headphone jack (Stereo miniature phone type)
  • Nominal Input Level (Variable):
    - Analog inputs 1/L, 2/R:+4, -2, -8, -14, -20, -26, -32, -38, -44, -50, -56, -62 dBu
    - Plug-in powered mic input: LOW -7.5 dBu, MID -21 dBu, HIGH -26 dBu
    *Input Level Knob: Center
  • Input Impedance:
    - Analog inputs 1/L, 2/R : 5k ohms
    - Plug-in powered mic input : 3k ohms (SENS = MID/HIGH), 2k ohms (SENS = LOW)
  • Maximum Input:
    - Analog inputs 1/L, 2/R : +24 dBu (SENS = +4 dBu)
    - Plug-in powered mic input : +4 dBu (SENS = LOW)
  • Output Level: 35 mW + 35 mW (In case 16 ohms load)
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 16 ohms or greater
  • Frequency Response: 16 ohms or greater
  • Phantom Power:
    48 V + or - 4 V
    10 mA or less in all channels
  • USB Interface:
    - Mini-B type connector
    - USB mass storage device class
    - USB audio (Hi-Speed USB)

Additional Specifications:

  • Display: 160 x 160 dots graphic display (touch screen)
  • Power Supply:
    - AC adaptor
    - Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
    - Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) X 4
  • Current Draw: 500 mA (MAX)
  • Accessories: Owner's manual, SD Card, AC Adaptor, Power Cord, Cakewalk SONAR LE DVD-ROM (for Windows), USB Cable (mini-B type), Windscreen
  • Options (sold separately):
    - Cover/Windscreen Set: OP-R26CW
    - Binaural Microphones/Earphones: CS-10EM
    - Stereo Shotgun Microphone: CS-50
    - Stereo Microphone: CS-15S
    - Stereo Headphones: RH-300
    - Microphone Stand Adaptor: OP-MSA1
    - Microphone Stand: ST-100MB
  • Dimensions: 3-1/4" W x 7-1/8" D x 1-5/8" H (82 x 180 x 41 mm)
  • Weight: 0 lbs. 14 oz. (370 g)

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