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Amsterdam – Today at the IBC show, Roland Systems Group introduces their  new flagship field recorder, the Roland R-88. The Roland R-88  establishes a new standard in professional portable recording by  providing seamless integration of a recorder, mixer and a multi-channel audio interface. With eight discrete channels of audio  recording plus a stereo mix, the R-88 is ideal for demanding  multi-channel applications such as location sound design, event  production, event videography, and live musical performance.
The Roland R-88  includes all the features required by location sound professionals  including a full on-board mixer, various timecode modes and slate  tone/mic for memos. The stereo mix output on the R-88 is perfect for location sound recording applications enabling a stereo mix back to  the camera to record reference audio or provides a stereo monitor output  while simultaneously recording individual tracks. With 8 discrete  outputs you can also embed the audio tracks into a SDI video feed by using a multi-channel SDI audio embedder. It also  features professional AES/EBU digital I/O to digitally record from or  send to a mixing console or other digital source.
The R-88’s built-in  mixer is equipped with a 3-band EQ enabling a quality stereo mix to be  monitored and/or recorded simultaneously along with each discrete audio  track. The large touch screen display enables clear and intuitive device setup and control. You can lock the display  and front controls to avoid any accidental operations.
Beyond field  applications the R-88 is nicely suited for post-production environments  featuring a built-in 10-input/8-output USB audio interface for  multi-channel recording. The eight-output ports are especially useful for surround projects. The interface function is also able to  provide a backup record mechanism simultaneously recording all tracks to  a DAW of choice.
The R-88 is extremely  portable weighing less than six pounds including eight AA batteries.  Optional accessories include a custom carrying bag, and remote  footswitch controllers for start, stop and record, marking function, etc.
The Roland R-88 Highlighted Features:
• Simultaneous recording of 8 channels + stereo mix (up to 96kHz)
• Up to 24bit/192kHz uncompressed linear PCM recording (up to 4 channels)
• 3 hours of recording time using 32GB SDHC card (24bit/96kHz, 10ch)
• 8 XLR inputs, 8 XLR outputs, AES/EBU input/output
• Built-in 8 channel mixer with 3-band EQ and MS microphone decoder
• Built-in 10in/8out USB audio interface
• Touch Panel Display for intuitive navigation
• SMPTE time code In/out for video sync
• Supported power types – AA batteries, rechargeable Ni-MH battery, AC power, and 4-pin XLR external battery types.
Roland has established a  strong position in the market with their popular R-44 4-channel and  R-26 6-channel portable audio field recorders especially with DSLR  cameras being used in film and video production The R-88 now offers a higher channel count, timecode and more  professional features to the market.
The R-88 will be available in early 2013.
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