Roland R-88 Portable Field Recorder
Price: $1,995.00
MSRP: $1,995.00
    As low as .
    Click for details on equipment financing.

    Make an Offer
    • This product has been discontinued by the manufacturer.
    • Please click here for a similar Roland Edirol Portable Recorder.
    • 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 time 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 EQ and MS microphone decoder
    • Built-in 10in/8out USB audio interface to use with any common DAW
    • Touch Panel Display for intuitive navigation
    • SMPTE time code in/out for video sync
    • BWF and iXML embedded metadata
    • Supported power types: AA batteries, rechargeable Ni-MH battery, AC power, and 4-pin XLR external battery types.
    Item # R-88
    Mfr # Roland-R-88
    UPC # 761294502846
    BA # ROR88
    AS # B00A7HKGNW
    AD # ROR88

    Roland R-88 Field Recorder

    All in One Recorder, Mixer And Audio Interface - Anytime, Anywhere
    The Roland R-88 establishes a new standard in professional portable recording by providing seamless integration of a recorder, mixer and a multi-channel audio interface. With eight discrete channels of audio recording plus a stereo mix, the R-88 is ideal for demanding multi-channel applications such as location sound design, event production, event videography, and live musical performance.

    Surround Field Recording and Monitoring
    The surround recording and monitoring workflow consists of a Holophone H2-Pro 7.1 Microphone feeding a Roland R-88 8-channel field recorder which in turn is connected via USB to a PC running a plug-in for DTS Headphone:X technology. Because the Roland R-88 is also an USB audio interface, while it is recording the 7.1 audio data it can simultaneously send all eight channels to a PC for backup recording or in this case, to be further processed using the DTS Headphone:X technology. The R-4 Pro is a part of our series of audio field recorders. Compare Audio Field Recorders.

    Features in V1.10 Update:

    • Polyphonic WAV Function - ability to save 2,4,6 or 8 channels in a single file
    • Control the R-88 using MIDI via the Roland UM-ONE mk2 USB MIDI interface - mix with a MIDI-controllable fader unit
    • Selectable input delay per channel - adjustable by 0.05 - 20 ms - ideal for surround micing
    • Cut-off frequency per channel - adjustable range 60-250Hz
    • Sensitivity gain and headphone boost functions
    • Expanded footswitch parameters

    Seamless integration of recording, mixing and an audio interface - a new dimension in professional portable recording.
    The Roland R-88 includes all the features required by location sound professionals including a full on-board mixer, various timecode modes and slate tone/mic for memos. The stereo mix output on the R-88 is perfect for location sound recording applications enabling a stereo mix back to the camera to record reference audio or provides a stereo monitor output while simultaneously recording individual tracks. With 8 discrete outputs you can also embed the audio tracks into a SDI video feed by using a multi-channel SDI audio embedder. It also features professional AES/EBU digital I/O to digitally record from or send to a mixing console or other digital source.

    The R-88's built-in mixer is equipped with a 3-band EQ enabling a quality stereo mix to be monitored and/or recorded simultaneously along with each discrete audio track. The large touch screen display enables clear and intuitive device setup and control. You can lock the display and front controls to avoid any accidental operations.

    Beyond field applications the R-88 is nicely suited for post-production environments featuring a built-in 10-input/8-output USB audio interface for multi-channel recording. The eight-output ports are especially useful for surround projects. The interface function is also able to provide a backup record mechanism simultaneously recording all tracks to a DAW of choice.

    The R-88 supports BWF and iXML metadata including tags such as SCENE, TAKE, TIMECODE_RATE, etc. This enables and intelligent and seamless interchange of data with editing systems such as Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools.

    The R-88 is extremely portable weighing less than six pounds including eight AA batteries. Optional accessories include a custom carrying bag, and remote footswitch controllers for start, stop and record, marking functions, etc.

    FaderMaster Professional MIDI control of the R-88
    With the Roland R-88, you can easily expand your work surface to include a MIDI fader controller. Connect your device to the R-88 using a Roland UM-ONE mk2 USB MIDI interface and mixing becomes a breeze. See the setup guide available which demonstrates the use of the JL Cooper FaderMaster Professional.


    Tec Award Nominee 2013 - Recording Devices.

    Roland 8-Channel Recorder and Mixer was Awarded a "Salute" at Government Video Expo 2012. The Salute award is given to recognize innovative new products.

    Roland R-88 Field Recorder Specifications

    Recorder Part

    Channels8 channels + 2 channels (stereo mix from built-in mixer) (44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz), 4 channels (192kHz)
    Signal ProcessingAD Conversion: 24 bits, DA Conversion: 24 bits
    Data TypeFormat: BWF (mono/stereo), Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/88.2/96/192 kHz, Bit Depth : 16/24 bits
    Recording MediaSDHC Memory Card: 4 GB to 32 GB, SD Memory Card: 2 GB

    Mixer Part

    Mixing ChannelsInput: 8 channels, Output: 2 channels (stereo)
    Channel Strip3-band equalizer, Fader, Panpot, Stereo channel link
    MasterFader, Limiter

    Audio Input and Output Part

    OUT 1-2 (Analog Outputs): XLR typeOutput Bus: Channel 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 or Stereo mix from internal mixer, Output Level: +4 dBu/-60 dBu, Maximum Output Level: +24 dBu, Output Impedance: 600 ohms
    OUT 3-8 (Analog Outputs): XLR typeOutput Bus: Channel 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 or Stereo mix from internal mixer, Output Level: +4 dBu, Maximum Output Level: +24 dBu, Output Impedance: 600 ohms *When sampling rate is 192kHz, outputs 5-8 are inactive.
    MIX OUT (Analog Outputs): Stereo miniature phone typeOutput Bus: Stereo mix from internal mixer, Maximum Output Level: 2Vrms/-30dBu, Output Impedance: 1 k ohms
    Digital Input/Output: XLR type (AES/EBU, conforms to IEC 60958-4)Output Bus: Stereo mix from internal mixer
    Headphones: Stereo 1/4 inch phone typeHeadphones: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type, Output Level: 80mW (32 ohms), Output Impedance: 10 ohms
    Built-in SpeakerStereo
    Phantom Power48 +/- 4 V, 10 mA per 1 channel (8 channels of phantom power available simultaneously)
    Residual Noise LevelOUT 1/8: -80dBu (Input Level Knob: Min), MIX OUT: -90dBu (Input Level Knob: Min)
    Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise0.02 % or less (SENS Knob: +4 dBu, Input Level Knob: 0)
    Frequency Response20 Hz to 40 kHz (0 to -3 dB, Sampling Frequency: 96 kHz/192 kHz)
    Input EffectsLimiter, Low cut, Stereo channel link
    MS microphone decoderFor REC, for play and monitor
    Slate Mic/ToneSlate Mic: Built-in, Slate Mic: 1 kHz, -20 dBFS/Alarm Tone
    MonitorPre Fader Listening (PFL), Real Time Analyzer (RTA)

    Other Terminals

    USB InterfaceA Type Connector (For USB Memory) supports USB 2.0 and 1.1 Mass Storage Device Class.
    B Type Connector (For Computer) supports USB 2.0 and 1.1 Mass Storage Device Class or USB Audio (Hi-Speed USB, 10 channels inputs and 8 channels outputs)
    *When sampling rate is 192kHz, the USB audio interface is inactive.
    SMPTE Timecode

    BNC Connectors (Conforms to SMPTE 12M-1999)
    Frame rates: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 29.97D, 30, 30D
    Clock Accuracy - Max Error Rate : 15ppm

    CONTROL 1,2 jack1/4-inch TRS phone type


    Display160 x 160 dots graphic display (touch screen)
    IndicatorsIN 1 to 8 Peak Indicators, Slate Mic Indicator, REC Indicator, Play Indicator
    Power SupplyAC Adaptor (PSB-1U), Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 8, or Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 8, External Power Supply: 4-pin XLR type (9 to 16 V)
    AccessoriesOwner's Manual, AC Adaptor (PSB-1U), AC Adaptor - 4pin XLR type connector conversion cable
    Recording Time using 32GB SDHC memory card1ch: 100 hours (16 bits/44.1 kHz), 16 hours (24 bits/192 kHz)
    4ch: 25 hours (16 bits/44.1 kHz), 3.8 hours (24 bits/192 kHz)
    8ch: 12 hours (16 bits/44.1 kHz), 3.8 hours (24 bits/96 kHz)
    10ch: 10 hours (16 bits/44.1 kHz), 3 hours(24 bits/96 kHz)
    * These recording times are approximate. Actual results may vary somewhat.
    * If more than one recorded file exists, the total recordable time will be less.

    Size and Weight

    Width260 mm
    10-1/4 inches
    Depth235 mm
    9-5/16 inches
    Height93 mm
    3-11/16 inches
    Weight2.67 kg
    5 lbs. 15 oz.