Courtesy of the fabulous and wise Ross Monaghan over at Deakin University and co-founder of theMediaPod.net site comes a lovely shiny new toy to keep my head expanding.
The Edirol R-09 is Roland’s latest in a long line of superb digital recorders. Complete with built-in reverb, 24-bit uncompressed recording and a built-in stereo mic, my copy has been held up in a backlog of orders coming to Australia — seems they can’t make them quick enough for over here.
Ross kindly included a leather carry case and nifty little tripod, which gets the unit off the desk and makes it less susceptible to extraneous noise from table bumping.
The reviews seem very positive:
I’m very impressed with this little recorder. I’m a classical singer, and wanted something to record recitals and concerts with. Right out of the box, I was making recordings with ease. I’m a professional musicial, not a sound engineer, but I really, really like this piece of equipment! I can’t imagine being without it, now …
Terrific screen and well organized. Menus to change recording settings are easy to access. Includes AC adapter. Thanks Edirol for not charging us extra for this. Ipod-ish controls are very easy to use and its clear when you are engaging record functions. Easy to read time and level monitor. Unit is very light although thicker than an Ipod. Updating the firmware is a breeze.
It is exactly what I have been looking for the past five years. I think this unit will be very popular – great for recording voice/interviews, nature sounds, live music, line-in, mp3 or wav.
Ross and Deakin Uni organised this for me as a ‘thank you’ for the interviews I conducted for him with some great internal communicators and politicians. Ross, there are definitely more to come!
Thanks SO MUCH for this, Ross — it is really appreciated! I’ll be using it in a little while to record my report for FIR…