More on the R1
by pgoelz - 3/29/05 10:33 AM
In Reply to: edirol R1 grey areas? by waycott
As a new owner of an R1 (and that in and of itself was an adventure), I'd like to comment on a couple points....
I am frankly glad that the R1 does not have a hard drive. Because it records directly to compact flash, it is therefore totally silent and draws less power.
I see no need for a digital input.... the R1 is supposed to be a recorder of original material. If you already have a digital recording, why transfer it to the R1? And if you really want it on the R1, use the USB cable or an adapter that allows you to plug the CF card into the computer.
No, the 3.5mm jack is not ideal for pro mics. But the R1 would have to be a lot larger if it contained XLR connectors. If I want to use XLR mics, I'll just use a small adapter cable.
The ability to select the various quality levels is so that you can select the best level possible based on available space for the original recording. With compressed recording formats like MP3, any time you manipulate the recording (like to change the quality level), you degrade the recording. Better to record it at the best level possible from the beginning.... again, based on available space.
My initial impression of the R1 is that it sounds great and is (so far) the best solution out there for a small high quality portable recorder. However, it seems to me that a lot of what you are paying for are silly bells and whistles (like reverb) that you will never use. All I want is a recorder. The rest of the processing I might want to do is much better done after the recording is transfereed to a computer or audio workstation.
I have yet to do a real battery life test, but I did measure the current consumption in various modes. Mine draws about 350 mA in record, about 250 mA in play or record - standby, and 100 mA in sleep mode. The backlight current is negligable. For field use, I am probably going to use a couple pairs of those 15 minute rechargeable NiMh cells, and pack a pair of AA alkalines as backup. I would like to see lower current drain, but all in all, it isn't that bad.
I do not mind the lack of absolute level indication. For my use, anyway, the simple bar graph is fine.... justt set the level so that peak level is a couple bars left of full deflection and it is fine. You can always turn on the limiter, but that causes pumping on the occasional peak.
I found it a bit bigger than I expected. I was hoping it was shirt pocket size, but it is a bit big for that. A bit bigger than my minidisc recorder, in fact.
All in all, I like it and will be using it extensively in the field.
paul at pgoelz dot com
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