6-Channel Portable Recorder

R-26: 6-Channel Portable Recorder

Discover True Multi-Dimensional Sound


Hand-held field recorders have been hot commodities for musicians, recording engineers, and sound designers for years. Today, the mercury rises in this dynamic market with the debut of the game-changing R-26. This innovative recorder is portable yet loaded with first-class, professional features, the likes of which the industry has not seen before. There are two types of stereo microphones built into the R-26, plus a pair of XLR/TRS combo inputs for external mics, and an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic. Choose simultaneous combinations of the built-in mics (directional and omnidirectional), as well as the external inputs. Capture live performances with simultaneous line and ambient signal paths, record important speeches, lectures, and presentations, or take the R-26 into the inner city or deep forest for pristine field capture. The sky’s the limit with this powerful, portable, and incredibly flexible recorder.

  • Two types of built-in stereo microphones (omnidirectional and directional) that can be used in various combinations
  • Two XLR/TRS combo inputs with 48 V phantom power, plus an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic
  • Supports up to six channels (three stereo channels) of simultaneous recording
  • Large LCD touchscreen display for intuitive navigation
  • Large input-level knobs for fine adjustment
  • Built-in Hi-Speed USB interface for use as an audio interface or external storage
  • Loop-Back function; combine this with the built-in or external mics for the optimum live video streaming setup (only with Audio Interface function)
  • Bundled with SONAR LE software (PC)

New-Tech Advantage

The R-26 features Roland’s latest DSP engine, which allows simultaneous recording of up to six channels (three stereo channels). A large LCD touchscreen display lets you directly navigate menus for customizing the microphone settings, editing waveforms, and so on. It also features large input-level knobs for making precise adjustments.

Built-In Stereo Mics

Directional and omnidirectional stereo microphones are built into the R-26, and can be used simultaneously. This unique multi-stereo mic recording system lets you capture a wide stereo sound field without spoiling the vibrant low frequencies and ambience of the venue.

External Inputs

Two XLR/TRS combo mic inputs are built into the R-26, plus an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic, which can be combined simultaneously with the internal mics. At a live concert, for example, the R-26 can capture a stereo mix from the FOH mixer via its XLR inputs, as well as the ambient audience noise via its built-in stereo mics.

Six-Channel Simultaneous Recording

The R-26 allows up to six channels of simultaneous recording (three stereo pairs). Capture the same sound source with three different types of microphones, both internal and external. This provides a new level of flexibility after the fact, as you can choose from the individual tracks or composite mixes.

USB Connectivity

You can connect the R-26 to your computer for use as an audio interface or for external storage. Use the R-26 in combination with the bundled SONAR LE software app to perform recording and detailed editing on your PC.

Audio & Video



Recorder Part
6 (3 stereo)
Signal Processing
AD/DA conversion: 24 bits, 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz
Data Type
For Recording WAVE/BWF: Sampling Rate: 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz, Bit Depth: 24/16 bits MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3): Sampling Rate: 48/44.1 kHz, Bit Rates: 320/160/128 kbps WAVE + MP3: Sampling Rate: 48/44.1 kHz, Bit Depth: 16 bits, Bit Rates: 128 kbps For Playback WAVE: Sampling Rate: 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz, Bit Depth: 24/16 bits MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3): Sampling Rate: 48/44.1 kHz, Bit Rates: 32-320 kbps or VBR (Variable Bit Rate)
Memory Card
SD Card (SDHC format compatible)
Recording Time

(unit: hours)

* Each recording time is approximate. The times may change depending on the card specifications. * In case that there are plural files, the sum of recording time would be shorter than above.

Audio Inputs
Internal Stereo Microphones: Omnidirectional (OMNI) mic, Directional (XY) mic Analog inputs 1/L, 2/R (XLR/TRS Combo type): XLR type (phantom powered), 1/4-inch TRS phone type (balanced/unbalanced) Plug-in powered mic input (Stereo miniature phone type)
Audio Output
Headphone jack (Stereo miniature phone type)
Nominal Input Level
Analog inputs 1/L, 2/R: +4, -2, -8, -14, -20, -26, -32, -38, -44, -50, -56, -62 dBu Plug-in powered mic input: LOW -7.5 dBu, MID -21 dBu, HIGH -26 dBu * Input Level Knob : Center
Input Impedance
Analog inputs 1/L, 2/R : 5k ohms Plug-in powered mic input : 3k ohms (SENS = MID/HIGH), 2k ohms (SENS = LOW)
Maximum Input
Analog inputs 1/L, 2/R : +24 dBu (SENS = +4 dBu) Plug-in powered mic input : +4 dBu (SENS = LOW)
Output Level
35 mW + 35 mW (In case 16 ohms load)
Recommended Load Impedance
16 ohms or greater
Frequency Response
16 ohms or greater
Phantom Power
48 V + or - 4 V 10 mA or less in all channels
USB Interface
Mini-B type connector USB mass storage device class USB audio (Hi-Speed USB)
160 x 160 dots graphic display (touch screen)
Power Supply
AC adaptor Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4 or Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) X 4
Current Draw
500 mA (MAX)
Owner's manual SD Card AC Adaptor Power Cord Cakewalk SONAR LE DVD-ROM (for Windows) USB Cable (mini-B type) Windscreen
(sold separately)
Cover/Windscreen Set: OP-R26CW Binaural Microphones/Earphones: CS-10EM Stereo Shotgun Microphone: CS-50 Stereo Microphone: CS-15S Stereo Headphones: RH-300 Microphone Stand Adaptor: OP-MSA1 Microphone Stand: ST-100MB
Size and Weight
82 mm
3-1/4 inches
180 mm
7-1/8 inches
41 mm
1-10/16 inches
370 g
0 lbs. 14 oz.
* 0 dbu = 0.775 Vrms
0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms

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R-26 uses MP3 codec from SPIRIT (http://www.spiritdsp.com/), one of the leading experts in high-performance audio and video processing technologies for a variety of software and hardware multimedia and communication applications.



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