The R-4 was designed to appeal to those needing four channel location sound, the portable unit recorded to an internal HD in a variety of formats and sample rates up to 24bit 96kHz. The new Pro version adds SMPTE synchronization to the package, making it possible to sync to video cameras for more reliable and spot-on audio synchronization.
The R-4 Pro can also act as the master unit if thatâ€™s what you need. You also get a larger (80GB) internal HD with a USB host terminal that enables high speed and instantaneous backup of recorded data to affordable and easily obtainable media such as flash keys, memory cards via card reader or hard drives. This feature allows high-speed transfer of recorded data to improve production work flow in the field and across multiple locations. Additionally the user can plug the R-4 Pro into a PC or Mac and the internal drive pops up on the desktop for immediate access.
â€œThe R-4 Pro provides the most affordable four channel portable solution to users with time code in their workflow. Weâ€™ve essentially halved the cost,â€� comments John Broadhead, Director of Technology for RSG. â€œItâ€™s an ideal solution for the growing number of attractively priced HDV cameras equipped with time code such as the Canon XL H1 and the recently announced JVC GY-HD250U.â€�
You also get a 4pinXLR DC input to enable use of Anton-Bauer style external battery power.
Selecting four channels over two channels gives users the ability to capture more ambient sound at a shoot, place mics on multiple participants and increase redundancy/backup in case of camera mic noise or drop out. Also, most video editing environments now support multi-channel audio as a standard.
The R-4 has immediate availability at a new list price of $1595. The R-4 Pro is expected to ship in September 2006 and will list at $2395.