Review: Edirol R-09HR (Bonus Material)

The R-09HR ships with an AC adapter, a 512 MB Secure Digital memory card, and other useful accessories. A tiny remote comes loaded with a CR-2025 lithium battery and controls the recorder''s I/O levels and transport functions.
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EXTRA GOODES

The R-09HR ships with an AC adapter, a 512 MB Secure Digital memory card, and other useful accessories. A tiny remote comes loaded with a CR-2025 lithium battery and controls the recorder''s I/O levels and transport functions. The remote control''s operating range is at least 25 feet, according to Edirol, and no more than 30 degrees off-axis from the recorder. The remote control worked great. As you''d expect, using the transport buttons on the R-09HR itself caused audible pops going in and out of record mode. Using the remote under high-input-gain conditions, though, I heard no pops when putting the recorder in and out of record mode.

Also included is a USB cable for connecting the R-09HR to a computer. Transferring my recorded files to a Mac required no drivers and was a no-brainer. I powered up the recorder, connected the USB cable between recorder and computer, and dragged the files from the mounted device to my hard drive. The R-09HR mounted within seconds on my desktop. You can place the R-09HR in a supplied plastic clip that props it upright for tabletop recording. A CD-ROM containing Cakewalk Pyro Audio Creator LE, waveform-editing software for Windows XP and Vista, is also bundled with the recorder.

In addition, Edirol offers optional accessories to use with the R-09HR, including a mic stand adapter, a storage pouch, a carrying case, the CS-15 stereo microphone, and a protective cover that attaches to a miniature tripod. I''d like to see some sort of telephone pickup system offered as an optional accessory for recording phone calls (third-party solutions are available that use a contact mic attached to a line cable terminated with a miniplug).

SHOW AND TELL

The R-09HR''s Finder and OLED display make changing recorder settings and selecting, playing, storing, and finding information about your recorded files a snap. The Finder allows you to create and name folders and subfolders for your files. Files can be copied, renamed, and moved into any folder, greatly facilitating organization when you''re working on multiple songs, for instance. You can set the recorder to play one file and stop, continuously play one file repeatedly, or play multiple files in sequential order (determined by their name or file number) or shuffle mode.

The large display shows a wealth of information that varies according to what mode the recorder is in. This information includes L/R level meters and peak indicators; the current file''s name, sampling frequency, elapsed time, and total duration; remaining battery power; the Finder''s list of recorded files; and menus that access different options for recorder setup, processing, and so on.