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Offline Fried Chicken Boy

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Re: Roland R-05
« Reply #45 on: May 04, 2017, 01:09:03 AM »
I know this is an old thread and hasn't seen any action in a while, but if you like this recorder you might want to grab a back-up if you can.  Going the way of the Sony M10, B&H has the Roland R-05 listed as "discontinued" on their website.  Guitar Center and Musician's Friend have it as "unavailable", Sweetwater notes it as "out of stock".  Full Compass and Adorama appear to still have them.

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Re: Roland R-05
« Reply #46 on: May 04, 2017, 06:54:02 AM »
I know this is an old thread and hasn't seen any action in a while, but if you like this recorder you might want to grab a back-up if you can.  Going the way of the Sony M10, B&H has the Roland R-05 listed as "discontinued" on their website.  Guitar Center and Musician's Friend have it as "unavailable", Sweetwater notes it as "out of stock".  Full Compass and Adorama appear to still have them.

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Re: Roland R-05
« Reply #47 on: May 04, 2017, 10:26:49 AM »
Get them while you can.

Roland doesn't supply stock anymore to any dealer who tries to place an order.

Sad but true: the R-05 is discontinued

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Re: Roland R-05
« Reply #48 on: May 17, 2017, 01:42:51 PM »
Just a follow-up on availability...

I decided to purchase another R-05 as a backup and the first place I tried (RK Audio in NY) dragged their feet for over a week before admitting they didn't have them in stock and could no longer get them. 
Adorama lists it as "no longer available". 
Full Compass and Sam Ash list it as "special order" or "more on the way" which, as robeti noted, means they very likely won't be getting them. 
In addition to various sellers on Amazon, I found a few other places (American Musical Supply, ProSoundGear, The Midi Store) which claim to have them in stock, new, and at the $199 price point. 

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Re: Roland R-05
« Reply #49 on: July 14, 2017, 10:19:09 PM »
I've got a weird issue with my R-05 and I wonder if there's something wrong with it or if it's just user error.  I was doing some testing tonight, recording some pink noise.  First I did it with the R-05, Countryman B3 mics, and a CA BB.  I noticed the one channel's levels were noticeably lower than the other.  So, I did the same test but with my DR-70D (same mics, BB, and pink noise).  With the DR-70D, the levels were dead even (to make sure I didn't misjudge where I set the levels on the 70D, I turned both channels all the way to their max).  I opened each recording in Audacity and it also shows that the R-05 recording has higher levels in one channel than the other, while the 70D recording has both channels even.

Anyone have an idea about what's going on here?
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Re: Roland R-05
« Reply #50 on: July 17, 2017, 01:06:07 PM »
Could be something as simple as a dirty jack.  Don't know which input you tried on the R-05 ("Line In", "Mic", or both), but my first suggestion would be to try cleaning the jacks with some DeoxIT D5 contact cleaner.  Don't spray the stuff right in: put some on a plug, plug it into the jack a few times, twist it around, etc.  If grime is the issue, it will clear it up pretty quickly. 

If that's not the case, there could be a number of any other issues at play: bad connection, faulty component, some type of damage, etc.  Good luck. 

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Re: Roland R-05
« Reply #51 on: July 17, 2017, 01:09:50 PM »
Thanks I'm going to test it more tonight.  I was using the line in jack, so I'll try mic in (and the internal mics alone too).
Mics: Core Sound TetraMic | Countryman B3 | CA-14 omnis | AT853 cards | AKG 460/ck61 | Studio Projects CS5
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Re: Roland R-05
« Reply #52 on: July 18, 2017, 10:16:45 PM »
Turns out (after doing more testing) the issue is with the mics. Now the question is whether the level imbalance between the mics is cause for concern...
Mics: Core Sound TetraMic | Countryman B3 | CA-14 omnis | AT853 cards | AKG 460/ck61 | Studio Projects CS5
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Re: Roland R-05
« Reply #53 on: July 19, 2017, 12:46:28 AM »
Most low end mics tend to be mismatched at least 1 dB.  It's pretty easy to address in post as long as they actually sound the same when the levels are balanced. 
Gear:
Audio:
Schoeps MK4V
Nak CM-100/CM-300 w/ CP-1's or CP-4's
SP-CMC-25
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Oade C mod R-44  OR
Tinybox > Sony PCM-M10 (formerly Roland R-05) 
Video: Varied, with various outboard mics depending on the situation

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Re: Roland R-05
« Reply #54 on: July 19, 2017, 12:52:57 AM »
These are Countryman B3s and they are different by about 4 db. As far as I can tell so far they sound the same, but I have just tried to judge them by ear.
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Re: Roland R-05
« Reply #55 on: July 19, 2017, 01:05:34 PM »
As a fellow B3 user, and knowing several others who have/had them, I can attest that these mics are rarely matched and Countryman doesn't offer a service to do so.  My set are even consecutive serial numbers and still around 1.5 dB or so off.  I know another taper who had a set off by 5-6 dB; matching up in post and the end results sounded great.  Same thing with mine.  YMMV, but it's not unusual for B3s to be off by at least a few decibels and their sonic characteristics stay the same. 

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Re: Roland R-05
« Reply #56 on: July 19, 2017, 02:08:02 PM »
I know another taper who had a set off by 5-6 dB; matching up in post and the end results sounded great.

5-6 dB?  That's crazy but at least all's well that ends well... 
Gear:
Audio:
Schoeps MK4V
Nak CM-100/CM-300 w/ CP-1's or CP-4's
SP-CMC-25
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Oade C mod R-44  OR
Tinybox > Sony PCM-M10 (formerly Roland R-05) 
Video: Varied, with various outboard mics depending on the situation

 

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