Roland says that their new SD-2u recorder is a powerful tool for musicians, educators and students. They believe that, combining high-quality SD recording with a host of useful features for music practice and general study, the SD-2u is great companion for anyone wanting to learn. Here's their description of it...
The SD-2u has two high-quality stereo microphones built into the front, as well as stereo speakers for listening back to what you just recorded. With everything you need in one small box (smaller than an A4 magazine), recording audio is fast and simple.
You can connect your own external mics, electronic musical instruments and other devices with pro-level results. Also onboard are tools for training and learning, including high-fidelity key and speed adjustment, improved Centre Cancel for creating minus-one tracks, and the all-new Centre Focus for isolating vocals and instruments. Compact, powerful and ready to travel, the SD-2u is the perfect for audio recording, learning music and languages, and much more.
• Easy SD recording and playback in a convenient, all-in-one mobile device
• High-quality stereo microphones and speaker system built in
• Simple interface with Easy Guide function
• Multiple inputs for connecting external devices--two XLR/TRS combo jacks with phantom power; Plug In Power mic jack; stereo RCA LINE IN jacks
• Independent adjustment of playback speed and key, with improved audio quality over previous designs
• Enhanced Centre Cancel function; new Centre Focus isolates vocals and instruments for learning
• Built-in tuner and metronome
• Runs on six AA batteries or AC adaptor; wireless remote control included
Everything you need to create professional recordings
Small, battery powered and with mics and speakers onboard, the SD-2u gives you everything you need to record, edit and play audio, wherever you are. The built-in stereo mic makes audio capture easy, while high-performance stereo speakers provide convenient sound playback of your recordings, WAV music files, lesson material, and more.
Easy, fast high-resolution recording
The SD-2u records CD-quality audio direct to widely available SD/SDHC memory cards. It's also super-simple for anyone to operate thanks to the Easy Guide feature, which provides clear onscreen instructions that guide you through various operations. Easy Guide covers recording and overdubbing functions, creating minus-one tracks for practice and karaoke, setting proper input levels, and more. You can even choose among six different languages for the display: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, or Japanese.
Connect external mics, musical instruments or music players
While it's designed for professional results as a standalone unit, the SD-2u also includes connections to attach external devices (like musical instruments or music players) for various applications. Two XLR/TRS combo jacks allow you to connect your own mics (with phantom power available if needed), including a stereo field-recording mic such as the CS-15RS. There's also a stereo mini-mic jack with Plug In Power, plus stereo RCA LINE IN jacks for connecting an instrument, music player, or another audio source.
Helps with music practice, learning languages, reviewing lectures and much more
The SD-2u is equipped with powerful features for manipulating audio playback, providing useful tools for developing music skills, learning languages, transcribing spoken-word audio, and more. You can independently adjust the speed and key with exceptional audio quality, perfect for slowing down passages to learn difficult parts or changing the key of music to suit your voice. Use A-B Repeat to play audio sections over and over, and turn on Centre Cancel to create minus-one tracks for practice and karaoke fun. There's also a newly developed Centre Focus feature, which isolates centre-located sounds in music tracks to make them easier to hear and learn.
Robust carrying case protects your recorder
The optional CB-CD2E Carrying Case protects the SD-2u and can also store accessories like SD media, batteries, remote, etc. If you're looking for similar features in a device that can also play and burn CDs, check out the SD-2u's cousin, the CD-2u SD/CD Recorder.
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