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  • Roland R-88 8-Channel Recorder and Mixer

Roland R-88 8-Channel Recorder and Mixer




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. See more information and photos. 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.



  • 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.



hannels 8 channels + 2 channels (44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz) 
4 channels (192 kHz)
Signal Processing AD Conversion: 24-bit
DA Conversion: 24-bit
Data Type Format: BWF (mono/stereo)
Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/88.2/96/192 kHz 
Bit Depth: 16/24 bit
Recording Media SDHC Memory Card: 4 GB to 32 GB 
SD Memory Card: 2 GB
I/O 8x XLR Inputs (Phantom powered)
8x XLR Outputs 
1x 3.5 mm Mini Jack (Mix Out) 
2x XLR type (Digital AES/EBU)
1x Stereo 1/4" headphone jack
2x 1/4" TRS phone type
2x SMPTE BNC Connectors
Built-In Speakers Yes, Stereo
Phantom Power 48 +/- 4 V, 10 mA per 1 channel (8 channels of phantom power available simultaneously)
Residual Noise OUT 1-8: -80dBu (Input Level Knob: Min)
MIX OUT: -90dBu (Input Level Knob: Min)
Audio THD + Noise 0.02 % or less (SENS Knob: +4 dBu, Input Level Knob: 0)
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 40 kHz (0 to -3 dB, Sampling Frequency: 96 kHz/192 kHz)
Built-In Microphone Slate Mic: 1 kHz, -20 dBFS/Alarm Tone
USB Interface 1x A Type Connector (For USB Memory) supports USB 2.0 and 1.1 Mass Storage Device Class 
1x 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.
Display 160 x 160 dots graphic display (touch screen)
Indicators IN 1 to 8 Peak Indicators, Slate Mic Indicator, REC Indicator, Play Indicator
Power Supply AC 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)
Recording Time Using 32GB SDHC memory card: 
1ch: 100 hours (16-bit/44.1 kHz),16 hours (24-bit/192 kHz)
4ch: 25 hours (16-bit/44.1 kHz),3.8 hours (24-bit/192 kHz)
8ch: 12 hours (16-bit/44.1 kHz),3.8 hours (24-bit/96 kHz)
10ch:10 hours (16-bit/44.1 kHz),3 hours (24-bit/96 kHz)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.25 x 9.25 x 3.69" (260 x 235 x 93 mm)
Weight 5.9 lb (2.67 kg)

What's in the Box

Roland R-88 8-Channel Recorder and Mixer
  • AC Adaptor (PSB-1U)
  • AC Adaptor to 4 Pin XLR Type Connector Conversion Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

Product Videos

Roland at NAB 2014 - R-88 and Surround Recording (01:44)
Rob Read from Roland Professional A/V talks about surround recording and monitoring using the Roland R-88 with Holophone H2-Pro 7.1.
  • Roland at NAB 2014 - R-88 and Surround Recording
    Rob Read from Roland Professional A/V talks about surround rec...

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