AES: Edirol’s New 4 Channel Portable Digital Recorder
24bit 96kHz, with built in editor too 29/10/04
The Edirol R-4, shot from all sides – I’ll take one.
Now this looks tasty, something our video crew would love for using at our trade show coverage. For those of you who thought Edirol only did computer music based products, this may come as a surprise. Edirol have a successful video and broadcast range as well, and the new R-4 is just the ticket for location recording. The R-4 is a 4 channel portable digital recorder and wave editor - all in one convenient unit. The R-4 is designed to offer sound professionals a cost-effective, high-quality solution to multi-channel field recording.
The R-4 records directly to an internal 40GB hard drive providing storage capacity for 58 hours of 16-bit/44.1kHz stereo recording or over 17 hours at 24-bit/96kHz. Alternatively, the recording can be direct to Compact Flash. The R-4 can record at audio resolutions up to 24-bit/96kHz on all four channels, for total high-resolution multi-channel performance. The unit features a built-in limiter and 5 different dynamic processors; 3-Band Parametric EQ, 6-Band Graphic EQ, Noise Gate, Enhancer, and Compressor / Desser.
The R-4 includes a powerful array of input and output options including 4 XLR/TRS combo microphone jacks with phantom power, RCA analog output, S/PDIF Coaxial Input and Output, built-in stereo microphones, built-in speakers, and a USB jack for connection to a computer. The USB2.0/1.1 port allows the computer to see the R-4 as a USB Mass Storage Device for high-speed Drag & Drop access to files.
The large LCD display features a Wave-Form Editor with a variety of functions for precision editing including trim, append, split, and merge. The R-4 can drop markers anywhere within an audio file to quickly skip back and forth to important points. It also offers A-B Repeat which allows users to loop any section of audio.
The R-4 includes a "Pre-Record Function" that is always capturing a few seconds of audio to the record buffer. This allows users to press record AFTER they hear what they want and still capture the material they really wanted. The R-4 also includes an L connector to allow any LANC compatible video camera to sync start and stop with the R-4. The R-4 runs on either the included AC Adapter or 8 AA batteries and includes a Carrying Case with shoulder strap.
The R-4 joins the recently announced R-1 - a handheld, solid-state MP3/WAVE Recorder/Player - These two units satisfy many application areas including broadcasting, location recording, concerts and reporting.
The R-4 will be shipping in February 2005.