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Roland R-88
« on: September 07, 2012, 03:15:35 PM »
http://www.roland.com/products/en/R-88/

    - 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 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 equalizer and MS microphone decoder
    - Built-in 10in/8out USB audio interface
    - Touch Panel Display for intuitive navigation
    - SMPTE timecode In/Out for video sync
    - Four different types of power - Alkaline battery (AA), Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA), AC Adaptor, External battery (4-pin XLR 9 to 16 V)


I miss the glory days of my old R-44...

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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2012, 05:25:13 PM »
Looks nice. I like the layout of it.

A quick search says it will be $2500, but that was from a message board post.
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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2012, 05:53:03 PM »
Looks nice!!  A lot of new all in one options being released. 
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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2012, 06:37:34 PM »
Wha? they didn't ask for our input during the design phase?

Lots to like, but plenty of things missing which could have made it great at little to no more cost.  All they had to do was ask!

grumble.
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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2012, 08:43:10 PM »
Other then the Computer Audio interface and USB Storage - it looks like a lesser copy of the Tascam HS-P82 - but at $2500 new it would be hard to pass on
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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2012, 09:05:38 PM »
There are some things I really like about the R-44 which the DR-680 lacks or doesn't do well, others I like about the 680 which the R-44 lacks, and then things both are missing.  Just last night i was messing around trying to get the 680 to do what I wanted and it got me thinking about the possibility of an R-88.  Lo and behold it appears here today.. but lacks essential elements of the dream.

Still.. should be a nice machine for what it does have.
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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2012, 11:24:30 PM »
being so used to the R-44 setup, the vertical levels are weird to me. 

but this looks pretty sweet.  might be something to keep in mind a couple years from now, and check out the used market. 
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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2012, 09:45:19 AM »
I'm glad to see the mixer, which is seriously missing from the R44 (much as I otherwise love it).

Just thinking of all the money I'll save now that I'm basically retired from the game!

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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2012, 10:55:32 AM »
I immediatley thought of you when I saw the mixer.  That's a very welcome addition.  The computer interface is also cool.

Unfortunately it appears it eliminates all the functionality the R44 has with individual channel outputs.  I can see no way of adjusting channel output level or EQ, except when mixing down through the 2-channel buss.  The DR-680 is the same way- pan and level to the stereo buss (no eq) but no control at all over direct outputs, even level.
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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2012, 11:01:32 AM »
This looks surpringly similar to the tascam HS-P82.  Not identical but similar.  OOK
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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2012, 01:06:06 PM »
This looks surpringly similar to the tascam HS-P82.  Not identical but similar.  OOK

A lesser copy - no color display - only 1 digital input/output - plastic - etc but to meet that price those are the items to be dropped

I will be interested to hear how well the pre's compare - the ones on the hs-p82 are great
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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2012, 07:28:59 PM »
Had to happen eventually.  Count me as IN.
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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2012, 01:23:18 PM »
well there it is!  i remember seeing some discussions on this forum speculating about a R-88, but had no idea that Roland was actually working on one.  i absolutely love my R-44, so the R-88 is quite intriguing.  i certainly don't NEED 8 channels, but there may be other features on the R-88 that grab me.  need to do some homework.

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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2012, 01:31:32 PM »
looking at the pics i thought i saw a firewire port next to the USB port, but its just another type of USB.  would have been nice if they added a firewire port for much faster data transfer rates, but oh well. 

i wonder what Oade Bros. will be charging for the Concert Mod on this new model?

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Re: Roland R-88
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2012, 02:47:06 PM »
looking at the pics i thought i saw a firewire port next to the USB port, but its just another type of USB.  would have been nice if they added a firewire port for much faster data transfer rates, but oh well. 

USB 2.0 = 480, so unless they were going to use FW800, it would not be faster.

Surprised they didn't go USB 3.0.

 

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