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  • Records MP3 & Linear (WAV) on Compact Flash Cards

  • 24-bit/44.1kHz AD/DA Conversion

  • Uses Compact Flash cards up to 2Gb for over 69 hours record time

  • Inbuilt Audio Effects including EQ, Reverb, Noise Reduction

  • Internal Tuner & Metronome

  • Internal stereo microphones

  • Internal & external microphone type simulations

  • Also records external microphones via 3.5mm Mini-Jack inputs

  • Large 2 x 20 character LCD display

  • Uses two AA-sized batteries

  • 6 hours playback / 2.5 hours record time per battery change

  • Rechargeable Ni-MH AA batteries may also be used

  • USB downloading of recording to your PC or Laptop

  • Comes with carrying case

Edirol R-1 - rear panel detail

Edirol R-1 - side panel detail

Quick and easy USB 2.0 downloading of files

Edirol R-1 downloads to your laptop or PC

The Musician's Digital Notebook

A neat, slightly larger than palm-sized MP3 & WAV solid state recorder designed primarily for musicians who need a reasonably quality device on which to make 'notebook' type music recordings or even collect sounds and effects for works in progress. R-1 even provides some internal effects and its metronome and tuner means you can use it for practice too. No doubt about it, the R-1 is a great little machine for the keener budget. However, whilst may also be used by reporters and in applications such as oral history recording, it is true to say that there are more appropriate recorders on our site for this kind of user.


Portable 24-Bit WAVE Recorder & Player

Edirol's R1 records and plays back at crystal-clear, 24-bit audio resolution without compression. Electrolytic capacitors provide stable, reliable power to the analogue circuits, eliminating DC interference and offering a truly low-distortion sound. Maximum recording time is approximately 137 minutes (MP3, 64 kbps mode) when using the included 64 MB memory card. The R-1 offers nine quality modes ranging from 64 kbps compression to 24-bit linear WAV.

Records via Built-In Mic, External Mic, or Line Inputs

Need to record quickly, easily, with pro results - and without having to buy extra components? The R-1 is equipped with two omni-directional electret microphones for quick and clean capture. It offers superior results using internal microphones because it is completely solid state - the R-1 makes no noise itself for the internal microphones to pick up. Just press the REC button, the level indicator pops up on the display, and you're instantly ready to record. The R-1 also lets you capture audio through its external line or microphone input.

Internal Effects, Metronome, & Tuner

The R-1 goes above and beyond the competition with its pro-quality internal effects processor, equipped with 13 tools for perfecting your sound (microphone simulator, noise suppressor, hum-cut, EQ, reverb, centre canceller, and more). The EQ of the R-1 offers a variety of presets for various styles of music. The R-1 also provides Tuner and Metronome functions, making it an excellent portable music-practice tool!

Take it Anywhere

Robust, rugged, and ready to travel, the R-1 is built to withstand the rigours of the road. Capture the sounds of nature, record live music, use it as an MP3 player, plug it into your studio gear or stereo for pristine playback - the options are vast. The R-1 runs on two AA batteries or from the included AC adaptor.

Convenient Connectivity

In addition to its headphone output and external audio inputs, the R-1 can connect to the outside world via USB 2.0 for importing/exporting WAV / MP3 audio files directly to the computer. The R-1's headphone jack also doubles as an S/PDIF optical out, so you can stream audio to digital equipment such as digital speakers or DAT/CD/MD recorders.

Hear It! - Click on the instruments below...

The following MP3 samples where recorded with the R-1's internal stereo mics. In both cases the Limiter switch was OFF.

24-bit Recording of a Steel-string Guitar recorded from the R-1's internal microphones.

Place the R-1 horizontally in front of a little lower than guitar's sound hole and, R-1's microphone face the hole. Distance between R-1 and Guitar : 40 cm (15 inches)


24-bit Recording of a Saxophone recorded from the R-1's internal microphones.

Distance between R-1 and Guitar : 80 cm (30 inches)


24-bit Recording of a Grand Piano recorded from the R-1's internal microphones.

Open a half of the lid and place the R-1 on the stand a little higher above the level of the piano lid end horizontally. About 1.6 m (63 inches) from the ground. R-1's microphones face toward the piano.


24-bit Recording of a Violin recorded from the R-1's internal microphones.

Since the violin sound goes up, place the R-1 at 40 to 50 cm (16 to 20 inches) distance over the violin. R-1's microphone face the hole. Distance between R-1 and Guitar : 20 cm (8 inches)


24-bit Recording of a Djembe Hand Drum recorded from the R-1's internal microphones.

Place the R-1 on the level of the pad to capture the realistic outline of attack sound. Distance between R-1 and Djembe : 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches)


24-bit Recording of a Spanish Guitar recorded from the R-1's internal microphones.

Place the R-1 horizontally in front of a little lower than guitar's sound hole and, R-1's microphone face the hole. Distance between R-1 and Guitar : 20 cm (8 inches)


Signal Processing: AD/DA conversion 24 bit / 44.1 kHz
Dynamic Range:  83dB
S/N Ratio: 93 dB

Audio Input/Output
Mic Inputs: Internal Microphone (stereo); External Mono/Stereo Microphone (3.5mm mini-jack, plug-in powered compatible type)
Line Input: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Outputs: Line: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack; Headphones: (3.5mm stereo mini- jack); S/PDIF 3.5mm optical type mini-jack (same port as Headphones)

Audio Effects
1. Easy EQ (11 presets)
2. For Speech
3. Voice Perform
4. Editable EQ (10 Band EQ : 32/64/125/250/500/1k/2k/4k/8k/16k Hz)
5. Noise Reducer
6. Hum Noise Cut
7. Reverb
8. Int-Mic Rec. (Mic Simulator Optimized for Built-in Mic)
9. Ext-Mic Rec. (Mic Simulator for External Mic)
10. Mastering
11. Center Cancel
12. Tuner
13. Metronome

Power Requirement: AC adaptor (included) or Battery Rechargeable Ni-MH AA x 2 or Alkaline AA x 2. (Note: R-1 has no charge function - rechargeable batteries must be charged by a third party supplied charger.)
Battery life: Playback: approximate 6 hours, Recording: approximate 2.5 hours
Dimensions: 99.25 (W) x 134 (D) x 30.2 (H) mm
Weight: 205g (w/out battery & CF card)

Accessories Supplied
CF Card 64 MB
AC Adaptor (Roland PSB-6U type)
Carrying Case
Owner's manual






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