Roland R-26, Tascam DR-40, and Nagra SD Portable Handheld Recorders Review
1 March 2012
Excerpt: Roland R-26 Portable Recorder I recently had the opportunity to engineer some interesting field recordings. The first was at the Arizona Railway Museum recording train sounds to be used for a new toy train from Lionel. The other was to record sounds for a stop-motion short for director Trevvor Riley in various large, abandoned spaces.
Summary: The DR40 is a well-featured, solid performer as a stereo handheld recorder, but to that it adds useful overdubbing and simultaneous four-track recording capabilities. For those who don't need the tiniest of portable recorders and are on a budget, the DR40 is a decent choice.
Pros: Easy to use., Fairly priced., When using Overdub Separate mode, whole compositions can be developed., Has XLR sockets and phantom power., Records four tracks.
Cons: Not really small enough to be carried around in the average pocket., Some handling noise evident., Four-track recording function doesn't cater for four independent mono tracks, only two stereo pairs., Hardly any free accessories.