Excerpt: I currently own a larger Roland R-44 and have owned the Tascam DR-680 in the past. I am also familiar with the Tascam DR-60D. I prefer the R-44 (at a much higher price point) for its 4xXLR inputs and richer feature set, but the R-26 is my go-to when I want something very light and portable that runs easily on batteries.
Excerpt: This is by all means a great recorder. Sound is clean, works relentlessly, the AUTO SANS feature is really great too. The only downside is that it has not Auto Level Feature. I use it at weddings, so the levels are constantly changing between a quiet bridesmaid and a loud band, So I either have to change the input gain constantly or choose over noise/peaking.
Excerpt: Easy interface, can balance six tracks in cakewalk software. Combine directional with ambient sound makes for warmth and clarity. Bravo Roland! I am a professional conductor and violinist . This is stellar.
Excerpt: As a student film maker I'm always trying to get my hands on industry standard equipment that will help with my shoots and some of my crews shoots. Sturdy and reliable, it's been through two shoots already with many more to come. Its a work horse and gets the job done right. I also love the button layout and the fact that it is touch screen enabled. Would totally recommend.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Powerful, Versatile
Excerpt: It is a wonderful little device. It provides excellent sound and tremendous flexibility; the built-in mics are very good and compatible to some of my best condenser mics. The touch screen is also a plus. It's not cheap; however, if you are looking for a mic to sync up with your dslr (e.g. Canon 5D), you will be pleased with the end product.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Low Distortion, Versatile
Summary: I do a lot of recording- in the studio, at home, on location. But I had the challenge to record my daughter's high school choir in churches and halls in Europe. Knowing that I needed the least amount of equipment possible (I would have to carry it with me), I began researching last summer. At one pro store, I was asked the odd question of "do I have good mics". I said "yes". He said that if I didn't, this one would be the best choice.
Excerpt: I like the fact that there are some external controls...dials and such, but I still find that there is a level of complexity to dig through layers of menues to adujust sensitivity and gain on seperate channels as well as to montitor each on seperate. Given this, it is probably the best portable unit there is out to date and a musician on the run who wants to get down some good sounding tracks or the dslr vidographer that needs a lightwietght extermal audio mixer will be...
Pros: Excellent Sound, Great With Ex Mic, Professional Features, Sensitive Pres, Versatile
Excerpt: Very easy to use with good audio quality. Multiple recording imputs/options make it a versatile recorder. It has a nice natural tone using the internal mics for a live music performance, but really shines when using external mics with the XLR inputs for recording interviews. It is a great addition to a DSLR video set up to replace the terrible in camera sound.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Versatile
Summary: I have tested various other portable recorders from Zoom and Tascam. For me this is the best till date. With this I can record 6 tracks at time (3 stereo tracks), and the best part is i can take those tracks to my PC and mix it again. I am using it for my short movie soon with Rode NTG2. The best portable recorder I come across.