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Roland R-44 Solid State 4 Channel Portable Field Recorder


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  • Built-in stereo microphones and monitor speakers
  • Built-in limiter, low-cut filter, studio class effects
  • Pre-Record to never miss important moment sagain
  • Analog jacks & digital output enables connection
  • Organic LED display, operation-oriented user interface
  • Capture eight channels by linking two units
  • Link to computer via high speed USB
  • Four hours of recording
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About Roland R-44

The R-44 Portable Field Recorder from Roland is an ideal choice for videographers, musicians, sound designers and more. The ultra-portable unit weighs under three pounds but packs a number of great features. Record up to four channels of linear PCM audio at a variety of bit rates and sampling frequencies; up to 24-bit/192kHz.

The recorder offers four XLR/TRS combo jack inputs for great versatility. The XLR connections have phantom power, allowing you to use your favorite condenser mic. The R-44 can record to widely-available SD or SDHC flash memory cards, making it easy to store and share your audio. Because there are no moving parts, the R-44 delivers silent, reliable operation that you can depend on.

In addition to the input connectors, the R-44 also offers built-in stereo microphones and monitor speakers, allowing you to record and play back audio without any additional equipment. What's more, is that the unit will operate for up to four hours on four AA batteries. You can also use the included AC adapter to use it via wall power.

Built-in effects include a three-band parametric EQ and a six-band graphic EQ, a noise gate, compressor, de-esser, limiter and low-cut filter. A pre-record function keeps the R-44 listening at all times, so that when the record button is pressed, the previous few seconds of audio (selectable) are captured to your memory card.

The R-44 has an easy-to-use interface, complete with a high-contrast OLED display, p erfect for viewing under any conditions. You can also capture up to eight channels of audio by linking two R-44 units together. A high-speed USB 2.0 port lets you transfer your audio files quickly to a Mac or PC.

Roland R-44 Features

  • Built-in stereo microphones and monitor speakers: Although the R-44 is compact, all the necessary functions are included. Built-in high quality microphones and speakers make recording and monitoring without external devices possible
  • Built-in limiter, low-cut filter and studio class effects: An on-board limiter helps suppress sudden peaks in sound from an input source. A low-cut filter is included to help prevent things like wind noise or mic handling noise
  • Pre-Record function ensures you never miss that important moment again: The Pre-Record function buffers input signals for a certain amount of time. When the REC button is pressed, the material from the previous few seconds (selectable) is included
  • Combo type analog jacks and digital output enables connection with a variety of devices: The combo input jacks (4) supports the connection of both XLR and 1/4 inch plugs. XLR inputs are equipped with phantom power
  • High-contrast Organic LED display and operation-oriented user interface: The high contrast, high response organic LED screen, viewable from wide angles ensures fluid operation in field recording situations. The high response of level meters makes precise level adjustments possible
  • Capture eight channels by linking two units: The Control Sync terminal enables synchronized operation of 2 units. Control the second unit from the master by simply connecting two with a stereo mini cable. The master unit can remotely control REC standby, REC start and REC stop of the slave unit
  • Link to computer via high speed USB: The R-44 can be mounted on computers with a simple USB 2.0 connection. It is seen as an USB storage device on a computer. You can copy data back and forth with a simple drag & drop operation
  • Four hours of recording with four AA batteries: The R-44 can be operated with 3 types of power supply, AC adaptor, external battery and AA batteries. Four hours of operation is possible with NiMH or alkaline batteries

Roland R-44 Specifications

Data Type
Format: WAV/BWF
Sampling Bit Rate
Sampling Frequency
44.1kHz/48kHz/88.2kHz/96kHz/192kHz (Limited to Stereo x 1 at 192kHz)
Recording Media
SDHC / SD memory card (compatible with 64 MB - 32 GB)
SDHC / SD cards confirmed compatible
R-44 SD / SDHC card Compatibility List
Recording Time using 8 GB SDHC card
16 bit/44.1kHz: 755 minutes (Stereo), 377 minutes (4ch)
16 bit/48kHz: 694 minutes (Stereo), 347 minutes (4ch)
24 bit/48kHz: 462 minutes (Stereo), 231 minutes (4ch)
24 bit/96kHz: 231 minutes (Stereo), 115 minutes (4ch)
24 bit/192kHz: 115 minutes (Stereo)
Analog Input
Ch 1 - 4: XLR/TRS Combo type, XLR type (phantom powered),
Analog Output
Ch 1 - 4: XLR/TRS Combo type, XLR type (phantom powered),
Digital In/Out
RCA Pin type (IEC 60958-3)
Input Impedance
XLR: 4k ohms or greater (balanced), TRS: 6k ohms or greater (balanced)
Nominal Input Level
11 steps: -56, -50, -44, -38, -32, -26, -20, -14, -8, -2, +4 (Input Level Knob: Center)
Maximum Input
+24 dBu (Input Sens Knob: +4 dBu)
Output Impedance
Line Output: 600 ohms
Recommended Load Impedance
Line: 4k ohms or greater
Output Level
Line Output: -20 dBu (fixed)
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise
Line Output: 0.02 % (Input Sens: +4 dBu)
Noise Level
Line Output: -100 dBu (Input Sens: +4 dBu, Input Level: Center)
Residual Noise Level
Line Output: -103 dBu (Input Sens: +4 dBu, Input Level: Minimum)
Frequency Response
20Hz - 40kHz(0/-3 dB)
Dynamic Range
AD: 100 dB
Phantom Power
48 V + or - 4 V, 8 mA per 1 channel (20 mA or less in all channels)
USB Port
Mini-B Type Connecter
Control Sync Jack
Stereo Mini Type Jack
128 x 64 dot organic LED
Power Supply
AC adaptor (PSB-1U), AA type battery x 4 (Alkaline or NiMH)
Current Draw
1.2 A
Dimensions (W x D x H)
157 x 183 x 61 mm (6-3/16 x 7-1/4 x 2-7/16 inches)
1.3 kg (2 lbs 14 oz) including batteries
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