January 30, 2006 With podcasting emerging onto the media landscape with so much promise of recent times, new tools for the phenomenon are emerging at a rapid rate. Software tools such as PhoneValet Podcast have simplified the process and now professional hand-held audio recording has a new poster child too – the EDIROL R-09. The unit is absolutely tailor-made for creating podcast fodder, not to mention enabling broadcasters and journalists to trash their antiquated cassette recorders and the ability to record live music events, recitals, rehearsals, samples out of the studio … it’s one of those devices that enables new methodologies by being freely available and afforable.
The ultra-small recorder has a built-in, high-quality, stereo microphone, time-stamp capability, and captures sound at a crystal-clean uncompressed 24-bit resolution with your choice of 44.1 or 48kHz sample rates. It’ll also record and play back in MP3 format (up to 320kbps) and can be monitored through headphones or exported to a computer via USB. Expect the R-09 in Q2 for around US400-$450.
In addition to the stereo microphone, the unit comes with a dedicated input control, mono/stereo selector, low-cut filter, and gain boost.