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Edirol R-09 24-Bit Wave/MP3 Recorder

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The Edirol R-09 Wave/MP3 Recorder builds on the success of the popular R-1 model. It keeps the most desirable features of the R-1--24-bit uncompress...Click To Read More About This Product

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24-bit recording on the go.

The Edirol R-09 Wave/MP3 Recorder builds on the success of the popular R-1 model. It keeps the most desirable features of the R-1--24-bit uncompressed recording and a built-in stereo mic -- and shrinks it all down into a more streamlined, stylish, and affordable package half the size of the R-1. A completely portable recording system that lets you easily record gigs, practices, or concerts. USB I/O lets you download to computer, and a user-friendly graphic display makes it especially easy to use.

  • 24-bit/48kHz (or 44.1kHz) uncompressed recording
  • Up to 320kbps MP3 playback and recording
  • Records to SD card (64MB card included--supports 32MB-2GB cards)
  • High-grade stereo condenser microphone built in
  • Mic and Line audio inputs; USB I/O
  • Playback reverb
  • Easy operation, user-friendly graphic display
  • Ultra portable, half the size of the R-1
  • Long battery life
  • Includes AC adapter, 64MB SD card, and USB cable

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  • A/D/A conversion: 24 bits, 44.1/48kHz
  • Format: MPEG 1, Audio Layer 3 (MP3)
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1/48kHz,
  • Bit Rates: 64/96/128/160/192/256/320 kbps
  • Format: WAV,
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1/48kHz, Bit Depth: 16/24 bits

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Just What I Needed

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This thing is awesome. It's very small, good battery life, (I do recommend upgrading to a bigger memory card though). It's very easy to use. I use it for recording my practice sessions and analyzing my sound, time, intonation, etc. The recording quality with the built in mic is very good, and with the 2GB card I put in it, I can record a very long time.I read another review saying you wouldn't want to drop it...and I'd have to agree. But other than that, it does just what I need it to.


I've Been Waiting for This!

By Uncle Max

from Eugene, Oregon

The R-09 has already proven to be an excellent answer to one of my long-time "why can't they make a..." wishes. It is an extremely portable recording device with superb recording quality. I find that I am able to carry it with me everywhere, and I'm always finding new uses for it. I've used it for off-the-board recording of live performances, hand-held live recording, recording of old LP's for transfer to digital media, recording of random "notes to myself", song and arrangement ideas, and ambient nature recordings. It has proven to be a very useful rehearsal tool. It has yet to disappoint me. I've used the internal mics, an external stereo mic, and the line in. All have worked well.The one flaw in the design is the battery compartment door, which reminds me of the shaky design of CD jewel case hinges. It looks like it was designed to break, but so far, with care, it has done fine. I've recommended this product to other friends with audio habits, something I'm rarely excited enough to do. At least one of my buddies has also made the plunge. Hats off to Roland/Edirol for making available a very cool piece of gear.


Impressed with the R-09

By Wes Niemi

from Green Bay, WI

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Wow! What can I say? The R-09 is a huge piece of equipment in a very tiny box. Our band uses the R-09 to record rehearsals and spot check songs for polishing. The sound quality is very impressive, even when recording to mp3 files. I also like the support Roland offers with firmware updates which include new menu options for new features. Overall, very happy with this product and would recommend to any musician.


Best portable recorder for the cost

By Uke-Guy

from Montreal, Canada

If you're interested in recording sound(s) in remote locations, the Edirol R-09 is definitely a good value for your money. First off, whereas MiniDisc recorders make all kinds of funny sounds while they are recording (because they make noise when recording to disk) the R-09 is dead quiet as it records to the included SD memory card. Secondly, the stereo mics that come with the R-09 are top notch compared to other portable recorders. They are good quality electrolytic capacitor mics (or "condensor" mics) that are versatile enough to cover distance recording (great for nature sounds and live bands,) and as well for recording acoustic musical instruments. My only (slight) issue with the R-09 is its mics are faintly more sensitive in the 10Khz frequency range, so I find that playing with the EQ may be necessary when editing and/or mastering sounds. Also, bear in mind that the unit itself is quite small and isn't terribly rugged. (I wouldn't want to drop it too much!) All this being said, in my experience the R-09 is a tool that currently can't be beat, and its "worth every penny"! Cheers everyone!


a keep - w/ reservations

By Toby-HVKpB

from San Francisco, CA

my use is to record our non-pro choral rehearsals and our own concerts. The sound quality is quite good and obviously better than that of DM-10 that I had been using, but not WAY better. choral recordings sound kind of muffled and the reverberation (not the add-on playback effect) sounds stronger than reality. Could be the effect of the omni mics, which pick up signals from all directions in our stone gothic church. Maybe I was expecting too much (r-9 costs 3 times as much),Compared with DM-10, the sound quality is definitely not the "night and day" difference I had hoped for. The mics are not as sensitive as I wish. For our 40-people rehearsals I am setting the gain at 20 on high gain at about 25' away. I could imagine if it is a really quiet concert (which is quite frequent for choral music) I might have to push the gain all the way to 30 max and still not be able to pick up the soft angelic soprano hum. Of course, with DM-10 I can't even control the gain and prevent clipping with AGC. This alone makes this a keeper. Overall, because of the AGC and incremental gain control, I am glad I purchased the unit.


I've been waiting for this!!

By Dr. B-cmeIh

from The South

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I bought the Edirol R-09 mainly for one specific purpose: to record solo classical guitar. The R-09 does an incredible job. Its ease of use ensures I am not distracted from the creative process. Its neutral response accurately captures my sound. The on-board mics work great and are very responsive to room acoustics, placement, etc. The dynamic response is superb. It picks up every expressive nuance (without noise) while providing lots of headroom (with no distortion). I prefer it to mini-disc recording, with its compression issues and ambient unit noise. It's another world away from my initiation into home recording: the original Tascam 4 track cassette recorder!!


Serves me well

By Pierre-SMUvg

from Cary, NC

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It doesn't look like it but it's the size of a cell phone, so it can't be more portable than this. I purchased a small camera case to cary it.We use to record with a Mac laptop and a Nady CM-25 Stereo microphone in my lil music room ane we were satisfies with the quality. when I saw this, I assumed it would work as well as MAC laptop. I was right. Sound is excellent by itself. While listening tracks, it's possible to apply some reverb, but this cannot be applied on the file itself.The lil microphones are OK, I use them to record church rehearsal, but when I rehearse at home with my band I use the Nady Microphone. The Nady sounds very good. I like the simple functionnality and the meter. The meter never gave me bad surprise, I record with peaks at -6 or -3 db and I never have any saturation. Either way, I have to process the final file with Sound forge adding some EQ and Reverb and process dynamic. You might want a good wave processing software to get the best out of any recording device.It is very simple to use and I always get the results I expect. The meter is very nice and full of options like keeping the peak indication for a litle while. Large variety of format. Battery management is excellent. I used myne for more than 8 hours and batteries are still full. I set the display to save batteries as much as I can and it works. Note I never use it to listen unless I use the power supply (included). I also use a card reader to download songs on my computer. so the Edirol is used solely for recording.I use the options to cut lows and set microphone sensibility, but I don't use auto gain, I hate this kine of feature. Don't waste time, and get a fast 2GB memory card right away.The only reason why i give a 6 on Quality is that the device is pocessed by an evil spirit. Commands are going off by them selves. It does misterious things as changing the volume and browsing the files by itself. I could not exercise it yet. Looks like bad contact or faulty software. Still it doesn't prevemt me from doing what I need to do with it.




from MI

This is definitly one of the best investments I have ever made! Among the many things I use this recorder for, it has served it's best purpose for recording the recitals of my private students as well as my contemporary group at church. I record our rehearsals and the actual "performance" on Sunday and copy practice CD's for the group. The quality is amazing- crystal clear and picks up every voice and instrument in prefect balance. Truly it sounds as if the recording was made directly through our sound system. So easy to sync through Windows Media Player on my PC. Indeed, an MUST HAVE tool for every musician, singer, music teacher, music minister, choir director- you name it. This device paid for itself the very first time I used it!

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