Edirol has unveiled the R-1 ($550), a portable 24-bit WAV and MP3 recorder and player suitable for a wide range of sound and music applications. The R-1 is a high-quality mobile recording device that stores to Compact Flash (CF) memory, offers 24-bit effects processing, and operates from 2 AA batteries. It also includes a headphone jack that doubles as an S/PDIF Optical output.
The R-1 is equipped with two electret mics, as well as external line and mic inputs. The body size is 4-inches by 5.5-inches, and it weighs 10 oz (including batteries and CF). The effects processor includes Mic Simulation (through Roland''s COSM technology), Noise Reducer, Hum Cut, 10-band EQ, Reverb, and Center Cancel. It also includes a metronome, tuner, half-speed playback, and A-B repeat to loop a section of an audio file.
The R-1 comes bundled with a 64 MB CF card, which allows a maximum record time of 130 minutes (MP3, 64 kbps mode). A 2 GB CF card will provide storage capacity for over 2 hours of 24-bit, 44.1 kHz WAV recordings or over 69 hours of MP3 storage at the R-1''s highest compression level of 64 Kbs. The R-1 also includes a USB 2.0 port to quickly transfer files to and from the computer. At maximum resolution (24-bit, 44.1 kHz) Edirol claims the R-1 can transfer a 60-minute file (908 MB) to the computer in just three minutes. For more information, visit www.edirol.com.