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: 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.
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.
Excerpt: I am a musician. I like to record my own shows and post them on the Live Music Archive on archive.org. I've used it with both the onboard mics and with additional mics. I've found that it's really easy and intuitive to use. I didn't read through the manual and I was able to operate it and use it right away. It also came with free software to mix/master the recordings. My only complaint would be that the output in the headphones doesn't get that loud.