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Re: CEntrance R4R Compact Recorder/Interface
« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2019, 11:03:44 PM »
Thanks for the reports on the R4R and the other suggestions.

Some follow-up thoughts...

The R4R is a bit smaller than the Tascam Dr-100 mkIII, but the latter has the standard handheld features (screen/file management, plug-in power on 1/8th in, built in mics). The dimensions are probably similar if you get the optional attachable mics on the R4R. 

R4R -                   4.76"     2.76"    1.42"     9.7oz
DR-100 mkIII -     6.02"     3.15"    1.37"     10.24 oz w/o AA batteries
MixPre 3 -             6.53"     4.65"    1.40"    19.84 oz

R4R internal Li battery - 8hrs no phantom, 7 with Phantom power on mics drawing 3 mA according to the CEO (yes - great corresponder!)
DR-100mkIII internal Li- 12 hrs no phantom power, 6 hrs phantom power, according to the manual.

Regarding the MixPre 3 USB C connections: thank you all for the suggestions. Apparently my problem WAS the included Y cable, which just wouldn't stay attached to the MixPre 3. I was finally able to test it out with a USB A to C direct from my laptop.

I'm still mulling things over. All good options. I'm tempted to return the MixPre 3 and go for the R4R or a handheld like the Tascam. After playing more with the MixPre 3 I think I'd like to go as small as possible (and, in particular, avoid external USB power) on the second XLR rig. I still have my Zoom F8.


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Re: CEntrance R4R Compact Recorder/Interface
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2019, 12:04:33 PM »
I have been traveling a great deal but did get a chance to try out the deck before my travels started but did not have a chance to post a link. If you want, you can from this link check the other recordings I made. I really liked how the recording sounds, and I had no issues getting it up and running even without any chance to do anything more than turn it on and format a card.

https://archive.org/details/cj2019-04-11.flac16CEntranceR4R_DPA4021

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Re: CEntrance R4R Compact Recorder/Interface
« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2020, 09:16:43 PM »
it looks like its been superceded by the R4D -not sure if this is a rebrand or if its actually different - core functionality looks the same

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Re: CEntrance R4R Compact Recorder/Interface
« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2021, 03:39:41 PM »
And now CEntrance has released the PortCaster.  Just ordered one with the PivotMics. Sounds like a great little machine….

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Re: CEntrance R4R Compact Recorder/Interface
« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2021, 06:00:55 PM »
it looks like its been superceded by the R4D -not sure if this is a rebrand or if its actually different - core functionality looks the same

https://centrance.com/store/MixerFace-R4R-Mobile-Recording-Interface-with-micro-SD-Card-Stereo-Recorder-p121815331
Same machine but with the mics included.
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Re: CEntrance R4R Compact Recorder/Interface
« Reply #20 on: August 13, 2021, 08:09:33 PM »
The PortCaster is a similar to the R4D, but it has analog limiters…

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Re: CEntrance R4R Compact Recorder/Interface
« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2021, 01:17:16 AM »
The PortCaster is a similar to the R4D, but it has analog limiters…
The limiters are optical and I am not sure what that means
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Re: CEntrance R4R Compact Recorder/Interface
« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2021, 05:35:13 PM »
The PortCaster is a similar to the R4D, but it has analog limiters…

The Portcaster has an optical limiter which is very good. It needs it as it is designed for inputs that can be very different as  might happen in a podcast. They both have the Jasmine preamps which have a tremendous range and for music is pretty hard to overload. Not that you could not do it, but it is easy to not overload. The Portcaster is very similar to the R4R Mixerface, but it is designed for Podcasting and the R4R Mixerface is designed for music.
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