|Edirol R-09 WAVE/MP3 Recorder, Black
|List Price: $450.00
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High quality digital Live recording is a cinch with the Edirol Wave R-09. The R-09 is the best way to record without carrying a trunk full of microphones and equipment. It's ultra-small, but don't let that fool you -- the R-09 is a serious, top-quality professional recorder with time-stamp capability. Capture source material at a crystal-clean 24-bit resolution, with your choice of 44.1 or 48kHz sample rates. Record and play back recordings as an MP3. A stereo microphone is built right into the unit, complete with a dedicated input control, mono/stereo selector, low-cut filter, and gain boost. Just point and record! Whether you're a songwriter looking to record new ideas, or a fan looking to record live music, recitals or rehearsals, endless audio-capturing options are yours.
The R-09 is perfect for recording live music events, recitals, and rehearsals. It's also handy as a songwriter's sketchpad, ensuring that no moment of inspiration is lost. But the R-09 has many valuable uses outside of the music world as well. Students can use it to record lectures. Broadcasters and journalists can throw away their antiquated cassette recorders and use the R-09 for in-the-field interviews ? the audio-capturing applications are endless.
The R-09 contains the world's most-requested/desired effect: reverb. Whether you're listening to WAV or MP3 files, you can route the R-09's playback through its internal reverb processor, immersing it in lush, user-controllable ambience.
To record audio into the R-09, there's no extra gear to buy or no cables to connect. A quality stereo microphone is built right into the unit, complete with a dedicated input control, mono/stereo selector, low-cut filter, and gain boost. Just point and record! R-09 also offers a 1/8" mic input if you choose to add an external mic. Records to SD card (64MB card included) High-grade stereo condenser microphone built in Mic and Line audio inputs;
Introducing the latest addition to Edirol's red-hot portable recorder lineup: the R-09. Building on the success of the R-1, the R-09 takes many of the most desired features — 24-bit uncompressed recording and a built-in stereo mic — and shrinks it all down into a more streamlined, stylish, and affordable package.
- Crystal-Clear Capture
It's ultra small and looks like a gadget, but make no mistake — the R-09 is a serious, top-quality professional recorder. Capture source material at a crystal-clean 24-bit resolution with your choice of 44.1 or 48kHz sample rates. You can record and play back in MP3 format as well (up to 320kbps). Once recorded, your files can be monitored through the R-09's headphone jack and/or exported to a computer via USB.
- I.A.R.C. (Isolated Adaptive Recording Circuit)
I.A.R.C. is the newly developed dedicated analog circuit optimized for recording on R-09. Electrolytic capacitors provide stable, reliable power to the analog circuits, eliminating DC interference. The R-09 offers an input gain volume control to manually adjust recording levels.
- Microphone Included
To record audio into the R-09, there's no extra gear to buy or no cables to connect. A quality stereo microphone is built right into the unit, complete with a dedicated input control, mono/stereo selector, low-cut filter, and gain boost. Just point and record! If you wish to use an external microphone, the R-09 offers a 1/8" mic input.
The R-09 is more affordable than its predecessor, the R-1. One reason the R-1 carries a heavier price tag is because of its well-stocked lineup of internal effects. The R-09 isn't devoid of effects, however. It contains the world's most-requested/desired effect: reverb. Whether you're listening to WAV or MP3 files, you can route the R-09's playback through its internal reverb processor, immersing it in lush, user-controllable ambience.
- More Than Music
The R-09 is perfect for capturing live music events, recitals, and rehearsals. It's also handy as a songwriter's sketchpad, ensuring that no moment of inspiration is lost. But the R-09 has many valuable uses outside of the music world as well. Students can use it to record lectures. Broadcasters and journalists can throw away their antiquated cassette recorders and use the R-09 for in-the-field interviews. Wherever, whenever there's a need to capture audio, the R-09 can do it hassle-free thanks to its built-in microphone and long battery operation.
- USB 2.0 Connection to Computer for Rapid File Transfer
The R-09 can connect to the outside world via USB 2.0 for importing/exporting audio files via computer very quickly. For example, a 600 MB recording at 44.1 kHz/16-bit takes only 5 minutes to transfer, only 1/12 of the time it would take to transfer the same recording from a MiniDisc or tape (cassette/DAT) recorder.
- Ultra portable
- Records to SD card
- Mic and line audio inputs
- Time and date stamp
- Long battery life
- Much better than the competition
I previously wrote an Amazon review of the main competition for the Edirol R-09 digital recorder, namely the m-Audio "Microtrack". In that review, I noted some serious reservations that I had with the Microtrack. Since that time, further experience with m-Audio and the Microtrack soured me on that company and that product, but Amazon does not allow a person to modify their reviews. I don't want to go in to the details here, but I will say that I decided the Microtrack was barely worth bothering with, and I ordered the Edirol R-09.
The R-09 is obviously targeted as a 'Microtrack killer', and in most ways Edirol has come through on all counts. In my limited experience with this very recently released product, I have yet to find any firmware bugs or disappointing functionality or performance (whereas my m-Audio's most recent firmware revision for the Microtrack, as of this writing, is still buggier than a bait shop, and shows no sign of really getting fixed properly).
The R-09 is for all practical purposes the same shirt-pocket size as the Microtrack. Where the MT used a very simple operator's interface, the R-09 instead uses something more like a conventional CD player/MP3 player/tape player interface that requires no user's manual to instantly feel comfortable with. You have the basic 4-way navigation pad that is either up/down/left/right or play-pause/stop/'rewind'/'fast forward', plus a central button that is either 'Enter' or 'Record'.
The R-09 has a tiny little LCD display, smaller than the MT, but it is superior in every way. It has all the information you caould ask for, very good level (VU) meters that actually work and respond well, elapses time, time remaining on memory card, track name, record/playback status, peak memory, special effect mode, etc. It is a monochrome LCD of high resolution and high contrast, with a bright (and adjustable) backlight. Although you need to hold the display close to your face to read it, once there everything is clear and legible.
To make sure that you know when the R-09 is recording, the Record button lights up with a large and bright red LED, and this can be seen from across the room. The LCD's level meters include peak indicatiors, but the R-09 also has a bright green LED above the keypad that lights when you have reached 0 headroom; this is handy when you are recording yourself, maybe in your own band or orchestra, and want to glance over to make sure the recording is OK....red light on, green light off, and all is well.
The R-09 takes two normal AA batteries, which can be alkalines or rechargeables. The R-09 will record or play for hours on a normal pair of batteries, and you can change them out any time. Compare this with the MT, which has a non-replaceable rechargeable battery inside; if it runs out during a session, you are in trouble, since m-Audio recommends against powered the MT from the charger while turned on. The R-09 has a menu selection for type of battery, and uses this information to properly estimate the remaining battery life for its display indicator. If you set this incorrectly, the unit will still work but the battery display will be inaccurate.
The R-09 has a decent set of mics built in, and the preamp has a Low/High selector switch that is accessible directly without going through the menu screen. This would be set to Low for most music recording, and High for capturing meetings and outdoor samples. The R-09 does not have balanced inputs like the MT, but has instead one mic and one line input jack, each using the common 1/8" diameter phone style connector. Via the menu, you can decide whether the mic jack supplies so-called 'plug-in-power' for the external mic. Many small stereo mics intended for camcorders and computers require the 'plug-in-power' to operate.
The R-09 does not have S/PDIF input or output (the MT has only input), but the intended market for this unit would most likely never use such a signal anyway. There is a single output jack, also and 1/8" stereo phone type, and it can be used for three purposes: headphones, line output, or digital output. I am not familiar with the protocol used for the digital output, but the manual suggests that some powered speakers, etc; use this type of plug and signal.
The R-09, like the MT, has a USB plug and a memory card slot. Unlike the MT, the R-09 hides these behind a sliding door on the bottom of the unit. The USB is capable of higher speeds than the USB on the MT, although you will still find it easier to remove the memory card and plug it into your computer's flash card reader for downloading.
The R-09 uses the 'SD' type flash memory card, as compared with the MT's use of the Compact Flash card. Both types are readily available and inexpensive. You can get a 2GB SD card for less than $50, and this will store 3 hours of 44.1kHz/16 bit PCM coded audio in WAV file format (i.e. CD quality).
For playback, the R-09 has a nice little digital reverb option with five choices: large hall, medium hall, room, plate, off. This works well and sounds quite good; a nice way to sweeten the recorded sound.
For recording, the R-09 has an automatic gain control (AGC) which quietly prevents clipping if the recording level is set too high for the music loudness. Normally you would not use this, and would turn it off, but sometime it can be a life saver. A big improvement of the R-09 over the MT is that the recording level can be turned all the way down to 0, meaning that both gain and attenuation are available as required by the input signal levels. One thing missing is that the R-09 cannot set the left and right channels to different levels, something the MT is able to do.
Setting the record level is down with a pair of up/down buttons on the left side of the R-09, rather like a cell phone volume control. The current setting is displayed on the LCD. Similarly, the playback level is adjusted with a pair of buttons on the right side of the unit. A minor annoyance is that the R-09 levels are set with a terranced/stepped internal circuit, which makes a very quiet click each time you ramp from one level to the next. This is useful, as you can hear the amount of change, but it is something you will hear in the recording. Best to set levels before starting the real recording, or use the AGC if you will not be able to set levels ahead of time.
For almost every application, I would recommend the R-09 over the competing Microtrack. I would only consider the MT now if I needed S/PDIF interface or the ability to set different left and right levels....more info
- Great machine, needs careful handling
As an amauteur musician, I bought this machine partly as a replacement for my Sony mini-disc recorder, partly as a reaction to Sony's insane DRM policy. With that machine, even recordings made with the microphone couldn't be uploaded to the PC. With the Edirol by way of contrast, just connect the device to the PC, and the Edirol appears as an external hard disk. Copying from the Edirol is then a simple drag-and-drop operation. Others here have written about the machine's features with side-by-side comparisons with competing units. In general, the machine is a joy to use, and the manual is also very well written.
Others have written about background hiss present on live-recordings. So far, I've only used the internal microphone and I've found the record quality to be superb. The record settings I used were: AGC: off, Low cut: off, Mic gain: high. I've recorded live concerts for musician friends, and the quality was good enough to be used for a demo CD. The unit also comes with a line-in connection, with which I have connected the unit to my hifi installation, to digitise my LP collection. Again, it excels at this task.
Much has been written about the access machanism at the bottom, through which the battery compartment and SD card are accessed. It is poorly designed and hardly inspires confidence that it will not break, even with careful handling. This is the machine's only weak point IMO.
In summary: 5 stars for audio quality, with one star deducted for the poor mechanical design....more info
- one year of use and still going strong!!!!!
I've had this recorder for almost one year now and am very satisifed with it. I play in a rock band and have recorded every show since I bought it in November 2006 - about 25 shows - and I've NEVER had a problem with it. I always test it out in soundcheck to get the levels set correctly. I usually set it up by the soundboard and just hit record. I've done lots of recording at the WAV level and the mp3 level....but have recently gone with just mp3 as that is what I normally convert the files to anyway...and the fact that the WAV files are huge. Anyway, as I have said, its a great recorder and am very satisfied with its performance. I would recommend buying the protective case that edirol makes for the recorder. The recorder itself is a bit fragile so its definitely worth it to have the protective case. Many people complain about the battery compartment door. Its really no big deal. As long as yer not a spaz and you don't try to force it open you'll be fine.
The only thing I have not tried is to plug the recorder directly into a soundboard and record a show that way. I much prefer recording be more "live" sounding then a soundboard recording...
This is a great recorder. Highly recommended!!!!! ...more info
Mixed feelings about the R-09 four months after buying from Amazon. First, it came with dated software. I suppose this is the way things go with modern electronic devices. But you may have update your r-09 via your home PC. It was not that easy: I managed to get the 1.31 software downloaded with help from a friend who has an R-09. My unit shipped in 6/08; 1.31 was released by Roland in 9/07. Without the update, my unit wouldn't accept a 4 gig card. Haven't tried an 8 gig. I use the r-09 to record live music. You may want to set the r-09 to record in mp-3 format, as wave takes alot of memory. A four gig card will only last a few hours. The r-09 generally works well. I've been careful with the back hinge after reading all the reviews. Currently my r-09 isn't recording -- something's wrong with it. Still haven't figured out a good audio program to edit r-09 recordings on the PC. Had used goldwave previously....more info
- Bring the Noise!!
Near, far, quiet, loud... it doesn't make a difference what the sound is or where it's coming from, this thing will pick it up flawlessly.
I had purchased this recorder for the main reason most college students invest in these things: so I don't have to pay attention to ever word that my professor says, since I can just record the whole lecture and review it later. Not only does it pick up sound from across the entire room, but a 4GB card can hold more than 6 hours of recordings, which is nice for those insanely long class times.
I've also started using it for filming purposes. I work as a sound technician for a friend of mine who is a film major, and this little device has made the job so much easier. I just plug in my shotgun mic and go! It doesn't pick up white noise, unless you want it to.
When I first took it out of the box and held it, it felt a bit cheap, and gave me the sense that maybe I had spent a bit too much money on something that was overrated.
Well, don't judge a book by it's cover!
The built in stereo mics far exceed what I had expected; you can hold this thing an arm's length from your face and talk in a barely audible whisper, and it will pick it up just as clear as if you were speaking normally.
So overall, it's a bit of an investment, but it's totally worth it if you plan on recording things on a near daily basis, or if you want that portable professional recording quality.
- REALLY HANDY
RECORDS GREAT.THE NEW OPERATING SYSTEM WILL USE A 4 GB CLASS 2 SD CARD.
GREAT FOR REHEARSALS ,TALKS ETC. JUST PUT IT IN YOUR POCKET OR GIG BAG AND GO.......more info
- Superb, Superb, Superb!
Bought one of these for a professional who needed to record client sessions and then output them to MP3 files to burn onto audio CDs. I am totally impressed with this device - it is very easy to use and the sound quality is really good. I think others may use this device to record music for evaluation, etc. Based on what I have heard, I think this would be perfect for that purpose, and for any other purpose that involves making a high quality microphone recording and then outputting to MP3. Compared to this, all those Olympus voice/memo recorders are tinkertoys....more info
- Advice on the battery compartment door
I just got my Edirol R-9 yesterday, and am generally pleased. It's easy to operate, and it's rather intuitive. The instruction book is clear with good illustrations and clear explanations of the functions of the various buttons. As for the battery compartment door, it's not at all intuitive. You first push it out half way before pushing the little button on the door that says battery. Pushing the door open half way exposes the SD card, and USB port. After the door is open half way, then you push the battery button to slide the door the rest of the way out. I should mention the door slides on little metal rails. The little battery slider button is awkward to use. I use the fingernail on my right index finger to move the battery button slider towards me while holding the unit upside down in my left hand. I then use the thumb of my left hand to push the door the rest of the way open. Be very careful not to force it, as it has a tendency to bind up on the rails. Once, after I put the batteries in, I found I couldn't close the door. What happened was it had moved in on the sliders and I had to release the button once again to get it to slide out again. The battery door is rather tricky. Handle it with extreme care and tenderness, and pray that it doesn't bust off of its own accord someday. Otherwise the unit is a very nice easy to operate little recorder. ...more info
- Fantastic recorder
I am a musician and play in a band as well as perform a solo act using background music. This recorder makes excellent recordings with the external mikes or with the built-in mics. I record practices and performances. Recommend you get a 2 Gb SD card to maximize your storage capability. I have left the record on for whole practices and performances and ended up with .wav files as large as 1.8 Gb and still was able to download these large files to my computer. I then use WAVELAB to enhance, and extract each song from the the many in these large files and convert them to MP3's for emailing. Recommend you record using wav at 16/48. You get about 2.5 hours of recording time for a 1.8 Gb file. It's tiny size is very handy for recording on the go and the display is crystal clear. Some serious thought has gone into the controls and their placement. Even in dark venues I have no problem using the recorder. This has solved so many of my recording requirements. I wish I could have got one of these 20 years ago. Now I have several bulky recorders to sell.
Bravo EDIROL....more info
- Handy and versatile
The balance of portability and quality is fantastic. The menu interface is reasonably intuitive and sufficiently user friendly given the small profile. It's very nice being able to capture spontaneous ideas with minimal overhead....more info
- Amazing Digital Field Recorder
The Edirol R-09 is nothing short of amazing. If you need to record live music, this is the answer.
Using it's built-in mics, the R-09 does an excellent job of capturing sound with excellent fidelity. To best them, you'll have to purchase a mic valued at $200 or more.
The controls are simple, obvious, and straightforward. If you spend a few minutes acquainting yourself with them before recording, you shouldn't run into any problems even the first time you use the device.
I find that I get the best results with near-field recording. When recording piano, for example, I place the R-09 over the keyboard, either suspended by a tripod or lying on a felt cloth. When recording voice, I get fantastic results with the R-09 placed 2-3 feet from the vocalist. And if recording a band, placing the R-09 on a tripod at ear level in the center of the group or in the front row center provides excellent results.
While only a 2GB SD card is the specified maximum capacity, I have found standard - not SDHD - 4 GB SD cards can sometimes work. Good luck, though. I've found the 4 GB cards to be slower in writing, making recording more of a hit and miss proposition.
Highly recommended for musicians and music lovers....more info
- Great recorder for the money!
I hesitated when it came to purchasing a new recorder. It had to meet my rigorous specifications. It had to be able to record in mp3, wav, and also had to have a USB interface to easily and quickly transfer files to the computer. In a world where competition is fierce, the choices were endless. The M Audio Microtrack, or the much talked about Zoom H4? The possibilities were endless. After hearing several demonstrations of the R9, I was truly impressed.
From the first time I put in the SD card, the recording quality was flawless. I like the customizable features such as the AGC audio gain control, low cut filter, line in jack, and the most prized feature for me the ability to plug in an external microphone. I am totally blind and using someone's podcast, I was able to navigate the menus and turn on the plug in power, I also used this recorder to record a composition in 24 bit wav with both the internal mikes and my Audio-Technica stereo microphone. The recordings were flawless, with minimal hiss. Whether you are capturing a concert, interview or recording a session with your band, this recorder outshines any others on the market. The ease of portability, and the easy navigation make this one a winner. The internal microphones perform beautifully really capturing that stereo feel, the mikes do a wonderful job of filtering out noise, and to my knowledge they have not peaked. I am particularly picky about hiss, internal mike hum, and navigation, this recorder fits the bill by my standards. One more nice feature is the ability to adjust the mike preamps, Not only does this increase and decrease the volume of the mikes, but it also reduces hiss.this also decreases the hiss emited from the unit. A firmware update will also allow you to record on to an 8 gig SD card. Although the card I have is only a 2 gig, I think the fact that you are able to record on to an 8 gig is a vast improvement. The R9 can also be used as an mp3 player another added benefit of this unit. You can't go wrong for the money, this recorder outperforms my Fostex MR-8 which was made for multitrack recording. If you are looking for a recorder to capture high quality audio with minimal hiss, no set up, and a USB interface, go with this one you won't be disappointed!
- Tiny and terrlffic!
I needed a way to record my rehearsals and get the songs into my iPod. To do this they had to go into my computer and then into iTunes. I am just thrilled with the sound and now I can have a list of songs that I learning without using those annoying tape recorders. Welcome to the 21st century!...more info
- Recorded Sound Quality is Great --- Easy to Copy Recorded Sound Files to CD With Media Player
This Recorder performs as advertised. The internal Microphone quality is excellent. Transfer of audio files to PC is easy for copying to CD's with Microsoft Media Player. You do need headphones and/or small powered speakers to directly hear the device's playback. Also, you really need an extra 2 or 4 GB flash card to have reasonable file storage capacity. I bought the case and stand too. It would be hard to position for recording without them ....more info
- STOP. Read this before you buy. This unit is NOT for the recording pro.
I have spent the past month working with the M-Audio MicroTrack and exchanged it last week for the R-09. I run an audio mastering suite (i.e. Pro Tools, Waves Plugs etc.) and needed something portable for my son (an up and coming jazz musician) as my current "portable" system is the Roland VS2000CD. I needed something portable to take to the nightclubs my son performs at and record everything from small jazz combos to Big Band. We use these recordings to analyze his improvisation technique and arranging, etc. Anyhow - I am not happy with the R-09. I wanted batteries (hence the switch from M-Audio) but the mic is too noisy for my aural taste. When I bring the files into PEAK and begin using my WAVES plug-ins on my Tannoy Monitors the noise is annoying. This noise is coming from the internal mics. I DO NOT want to use an external mic. It's not cool to sit in a club with that kind of set-up - I need to be somewhat discreet. Anyhow, I have settled on the Edirol R-1. Why? It is quiet...very quiet. Plus, I really like the mastering effect...it is really quite good with two band compression...I've spent big bucks on plugs that don't sound as good! Yes, it is not SEXY and yes it is a little BULKY...but damn the sound is great...best of all with the R-09's out these baby's are selling cheap. I picked mine up for $299 and used the remaining $100 to buy a large CF card. (I trust CF more than SD by the way!)...If you want sex and sleek but aren't too critical of the audio definitely go with the R-09 BUT if it's all about the sound then find a R-1 - this unit was the bomb last year by the way and it has been tried and tested. The R-09 needs some revamping...maybe with the next batch they'll fix the mic noise. Good Luck finding your new toy!...more info
- Caveat on the mic stand adapter for R-09
The ads for the R-09 mic stand adapter indicate that it lets you attach the R-09 directly to a mic stand. In fact, it doesn't. You have to buy the case and mini-tripod and then attach the case to the mic stand adapter. So instead of $25 for a mic stand adapter, plan to spend about $85 or more just to attach the R-09 to a mic stand. They should own up and change the deceptive ads....more info
- Edirol R-09 Digital WAV MP3 Audio Voice Recorder: Portable, Practical, Posh!
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1VHK9L8KK01LY The Edirol R-09 WAV MP3 Digital Audio/Voice recorder is one of those gadgets I couldn't do without! It has served me well since I purchased it 2 years ago. Here's the features I love about it:
1. Digitally clear MP3 and WAV audio recording!
2. Easy to use with user-friendly interface, and bright screen
3. Portable and Posh! (It now comes in Red and White versions too)
4. Uses SD cards for storage
5. Uses two AA batteries for power (adapter optional): my favorite feature!
6. Convenient USB cable to transfer files to and from PC. (Admittedly, it's easy to plug-in your SD card in a USB adapter and use this to transfer files to your PC)
7. Powerful condenser mic already built in. No need for external mic
8. Reverb settings are a treat to use! (Note: Reverb used only for listening to audio)
As a pianist and instructor, I use the Edirol R-09 mainly for recording the performances of my students and myself. It's a great teaching tool, especially because it records in MP3 format, which then can be transferred into iTunes. My students can critique themselves with the recordings produced. The audio clarity is phenomenal. (I even produced my first WEDDING MUSIC CD in collaboration with a flutist using the Edirol R-09!)
Edirol R-09 has my five-thumbs-up vote for a portable, practical and posh WAV MP3 digital audio recorder!
- First Impressions Are Very High
I don't own the Edirol R-09 Recorder but I just did a job where one was provided for me to use and these are my brief impressions.
I am a sound recordist/mixer for the film and television industries. That means I work on camera crews that film or tape TV shows and movies. One of the many kinds of shoots we do is what we call sit down interviews. You watch them everyday. People, sitting in a room, talking about something. Not the most exciting gig but it's work.
About two weeks ago, I did a sit down interview and the producer provided the Edirol R-09 Digital Recorder for me to use to record the audio I was providing to the cameras onto, so that transcribers could quickly transfer to paper or computer document what had been said in the interview. We used to use small tape recorders to do this and within a year's time, it's all gone digital.
I personally own a Zoom H4 Zoom H4 Handy Recorder made by Samson and will be writing a review on that soon. So I had no experience with the R-09 when it was handed to me. I didn't need any.
The recorder is nice and small, about 30% smaller than the Zoom. Turning it over in your hands, you see that all inputs and outputs are located and labeled well. The control panel on front is also logically set out and labeled well and the function buttons are very intuitive, something that is not true on the Zoom H4.
So I basically just plugged a cable from the proper port of my mixing bag directly into the line in of the R-09, turned on my tone generator, pushed the record button once to see the VU meters, made easy adjustments for volume, and then when the cameras were rolling, pushed the record button again and the R-09 started recording.
Another thing I liked about the R-09 was it's display. Sure, it's small because the recorder is small. But it's perfectly laid out, with everything on it clear and exactly what you need to see to monitor your recording.
I've not used the R-09 for live recording through it's built-in mics, or for recording music. But when played back, the voice recording I did for this television interview was as crystal clear as the master sound I sent to the large broadcast cameras.
That's enough to impress me and I plan on picking up one of the new updated models of this recorder, the Edirol R-09HR High Resolution Recorder Edirol R-09HR High-Resolution WAVE/MP3 Recorder right away....more info
- Cool Little Recorder
This seems to be the recorder that everyone has in acoustic music. We use to all have the Sony minidisc, but it is a pain to use and you could never get it right. This is so easy. Just push the on button and hit the record button, adjust the levels if needed and hit the record button again and away you go. Still experiemting with the different quality of recording you can do, but it is easy to change. Sound quality is good. Even at a distance, like on the floor it will still pickup. Easy to plug in and copy to the computer, comes right into itunes or Audicity. Lightweight. Look cool...more info
- top notch
totally awesome product with best sound imaginable - my daughter uses it for both voice, violin, and group music recordings. All sound great...more info
- Great - all but the case
What's inside the case works great, and the product is easy to use.
The only real criticism I have of this product shouldn't affect anyone's buying decision if you're looking for a compact, easy to use, good little sound recorder with great features. Hence 4 stars, not 5.
This review has two purposes: a warning to the user, and a strong suggestion to the manufacturer to revise the case design.
The first time I pulled the DC power plug out of the unit, the Edirol flew apart in my hands, sending two small plastic pieces flying in different directions. It took my clever wife a half hour to put the unit back together again.
Caution: pull out the DC plug slowly, gently, and carefully!
Really, Edirol, you have to fix this. There are a lot of examples out there of robust case design for little electronic devices like this one. This product is way too good to be marred by such a bad case design....more info
- Just got this -- some initial problems
The R-09 recorded great for an hour, then I started having serious problems turning the power on and off. The screen would freeze, or the recorder simply wouldn't turn on. I downloaded the latest firmware update (if I'm using that word correctly), and that seems to have fixed the problem. Hopefully it won't recur.
It's about the same size as a deck of cards, and about the same weight. You could easily stick it in the front pocket of your pants. Not having to plug in a microphone if you don't want to is great. The internal unidirectional mic sounds very good.
The battery door does seem to be rather badly designed. You have to apply some force to open and close it, and it feels like it might break. You have to open the door not only to replace the batteries, but also to plug in the USB cable (though you only have to open it part way).
Dumping audio files to my laptop over USB worked fine. ...more info
- Great digital recorder
I just sold my ED-R-1 and purchased the R-09.The R-1 was great but way to clunky.The new version is lightwieght and very small and a easy to handle.The menu was easy to use and nicely laid out.The R-1 had annoying wheel for menu selection.The new R-09 has tiny buttons for input level right on the side.This is a great 5 star digital recorder and a must buy.The only weakness and its minor is the battery compartment.You must use great care when inserting batteries and the SD....more info
- A great musician's tool
I'm not going to post a self-contained, really in-depth review describing all the features, specs, and quirks of this unit, since there are enough of those out there already. I just want to step back and talk a little about how it serves my needs as a musician, and address some of the concerns I've read in other reviews.
First - I'm a professional jazz musician, and I like to record some of my gigs. I had been using a portable Tascam/Teac DA-P20 DAT recorder that had XLR inputs. It worked well enough, but the battery had long ago died, meaning I had to use AC power, and transfer of the music to my computer meant hooking up audio cables and basically re-recording in real time, as I have no digital input on my PC. It was enough of a hassle that I only did this for "special" gigs. I could have looked at finding a replacement battery, getting a digital I/O interface for my PC, and continuing to use the DAT. But still, between having to set up the mics and having to run the transfer in real time even if using digital transfer, I started to get curious about the new generation of portable recorders. And then, my DAT started to go on the blink, which kind of sealed the deal.
BTW, I also have used my DAT using the line inputs for more "studio" type recording, using more microphones and a mixer and sending the results to the DAT. No complaints about the performance of my DAT there; I'd just want another portable recorder to do as well.
So far, I've brought the R-09 with me to four gigs. Instantly, I am *hugely* impressed. Considering how *easy* it is to record with this thing - turn it on, press the record button (twice), set it down, and you're off - it really produces remarkable recordings. I'm not ready to say they are *as* good as the ones I made with my DAT and my two semi-professional mics carefully set up in front of the band, but they aren't *obviously* much worse, either. Actually, in some ways, I'm pretty sure they are better - setting up the recorder right on the bandstand rather than 10 or 20 feet in front as I generally had to with the DAT setup gives more presence to the piano sound, and allows me to affect the "mix" somewhat in my positioning of the recorder. Unless I decide to figure out my DAT issues, I won't be able to do a real A-B test, but I'm not feeling the need. I'm perfectly happy with what I'm hearing even using the built-in mics, and am confident that if I did set up my mixer and other mics, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
Transfer to the computer is, of course, also *enormously* streamlined compared to the DAT - stick the SD card in my card reader and copy the WAV files.
Between the ease of *making* the recording, and ease of *processing* the recordings, I can see I'm going use this thing a lot more than I ever did my DAT, and have no doubts that before long, I'll have enough usable material to release a live recording. I'll have no qualms about using this recorder for that purpose - even using just the built-in mics, which produce recordings that sound far better than many other live albums I own, and don't sound noticeably worse than even the better ones.
Remember, I'm a musician, not a sound engineer, so I have no doubt that there is more noise in these preamps than in a truly professional system. But still, we're not talking cheap cassette recorder levels of noise, or even four-track hi-speed cassette recorder with dbx - we're talking more than a recording professional might be accustomed to. But note that any noise going to be most noticeable in controlled tests, not in live music situations, where the ambient noise often easily masks recorder-created noise. Note there is a mic sensitivity switch on the back of the R-09. I would definitely recommend experimenting with this as well as the record levels to reasonably "hot" record levels for the situation, so that any noise you do get on the recording isn't amplified excessively during later audio processing such as normalization. If recording a solo acoustic instrument in an otherwise silent environment, you would definitely want to consider external mics and a mixer with better preamps if you're planning on a commercial release, but even in that type of recording situation, the built-in mics would be fine for producing demos or even CD-R's to sell at gigs.
I'm also sure that "real" mics have better frequency response and less distortion than the built-in mics here do. And of course, you're welcome to use them, with an external mixer or dedicated preamp. You might also want to check out a plug-in powered external stereo mic, although given that you'd still be using the built-in preamps and hence probably no less noise than the built-in mics, I'm skeptical this would be enough improvement to be worth the expense and trouble. Again, as a professional musician, I'm quite pleasantly surprised by the sound one gets right out of the box.
Now, of course, what I'm saying could potentially be said about any of the comparable units, so don't my comment as saying that the R-09 is clearly *better* than the Microtrack, Hi-MD recorders, or whatever else you might be considering. I will say that everything I'm hearing leads me to believe the actual difference in recording quality is minimal, and the differences will have more to do with usability concerns.
So, let's talk about usabilty. I have used a portable DAT and have already mentioned the convenience factor. I'd also say the controls on the R-09 are somewhat easier to deal with than those on my DAT were, but either could be called simple. I'd contrast this with the Sony Hi-MD. Unless your music is so uniform in dynamics that you don't mind using the default automatic gain control, setting levels on the Hi-MD is a cruel joke, and having to *reset* them every time you stop the recorder and restart it is, well, it's hard to believe anyone would market such a device for anything resembling professional use.
I haven't used the Microtrack, so I can't directly compare ease of use, but I'm really nervous about that proprietary battery, especially given my experience with my DAT. AA's *rule*. I am finding a set of 2 NiMH's will last me at least full 4 hours of recording, and actually, it will go 6 or more hours if I let it. Actually, even though I've set the option to tell the recorder I'm using NiMH's, it starts flashing the "Battery Low" warning after just 2-3 hours, but it's lying - it really will continue recording for several hours more.
The lack of a true built-in mic on the Microtrack is a *slight* disadvantage. I mean, how hard is it to plug in the little mic it comes with, and I'm sure it's roughly comaprable to the R-09 mic in quality. Still, it's one less thing to deal with on the R-09. Lack of phantom power or balanced mic inputs doesn't concern me about the R-09: if I'm going to the trouble of setting up "real" mics, it's not much more trouble - and it's almost certainly going to be far more effective - to set up a mixer too.
The one thing other recorders have that I wish the R-09 had was the ability to divide up a track after recording. It's not as big a deal if you've got enough SD cards to simply record everything and deal with it later, but if space is tight, being able to go through on a set break and delete an individual song you know you won't want to hear - or even just a long bit of nothing you accidentally recorded - would be great. Also, having individual trakcs right there on the recorder makes playback easier if you want to hear a specific tune right after the gig and don't want to have to fast-forward or rewind through the whole show. As it is, you'd have to be stopping and restarting the recorder during the recording to have individual tracks. If the recorder is in easy reach, this is simple enough, but why have to depend on that.
Others have raised the issue of build quality. I wanted to see the thing with my own eyes before buying, and these are still (early August 2006) in very short supply, so it took a while to find one, but when I did, my concerns were mostly alleviated. It doesn't feel any cheaper than other small electronic device I've owned. And while that battery door is indeed an odd design that seems unnecessarily fiddly, it doesn't really seem in danger of imminent breakage. Given that the Microtrack fares no better, and the actual moving parts in the Hi-MD make me far more nervous about long term reliability issues, I didn't find this a cause for concern.
If you're looking for soemthing to record your own gigs, this unit, with its built-in mics, will do the job extremely well - well enough that it's really hard to justify paying much more for any marginal improvement you'd get. For my purposes, the R-09 does just what it needs to do and does so affordably enough that I could easily justify it. And frankly, the small size will mean I use it in situations where I'd be unlikely to use anything bigger. Meaning I'll be more likely to capture the really special moments. So I can honestly say I believe I'm going to be able to create a better live recording with this recorder than I would with anything else currently out there.
- Edirol good deal
The Edirol R-09 is lightweight and silent. You need a 2gig card, so add that expense to the bill. The weakness is the battery access door which is flimsy, but not that difficult to manage. ...more info