Roland R-88 8-Channel Recorder & Mixer

All-in-one Recorder, Mixer & Audio Interface includes Carrying Bag

The Roland R-88 establishes a new standard in professional portable recording by providing seamless integration of a recorder, mixer and a multi-channel audio interface. With eight discrete channels of audio recording plus a stereo mix, the R-88 is ideal for demanding multi-channel applications such as location sound design, event production, event videography, and live musical performance.

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The Roland R-88 delivers all the features necessitated by field sound professionals including a solid state sound recorder, full on-board mixer, a choice of timecode modes and slate tone/mic for memos in a single, simple piece of equipment. No longer do location sound recordists need tolerate the heavy weight and expense of a separate recorder and mixer set-up.

The stereo mix output on the R-88 is ideally suited to location sound recording applications, allowing for a stereo mix back to the camera to record reference audio or offer a stereo monitor output while concurrently recording individual tracks. With eight discrete outputs it’s also possible to embed audio tracks into an SDI video feed using a multi-channel SDI audio embedder.

The R-88's integrated mixer is equipped with a 3-band EQ allowing a premium stereo mix to be monitored and/or recorded simultaneously along with each discrete audio track. The touch screen display makes device setup and control quick and intuitive. Additionally, it’s also an option to lock the display and front controls, preventing any potential accidental commands being received.

Other than the obvious field applications, the R-88 is ideal for post-production environments thanks to its 10 input/eight output USB audio interface for multi-channel recording. The eight output ports are particularly valuable for surround projects. The interface function can also provide a backup record mechanism, recording all tracks to a DAW of your choice.

  • Simultaneous recording of 8 channels + stereo mix (up to 96kHz)
  • Up to 24bit/192kHz uncompressed linear PCM recording (up to 4 channels)
  • 3 hours of recording time using 32GB SDHC card (24bit/96kHz, 10ch)
  • 8 XLR inputs, 8 XLR outputs, AES/EBU input/output
  • Built-in 8 channel mixer with 3-band EQ and MS microphone decoder
  • Built-in 10in/8out USB audio interface to use with any common DAW
  • Touch Panel Display for intuitive navigation
  • SMPTE time code in/out for video sync
  • BWF and iXML embedded metadata
  • Supported power types – AA batteries, rechargeable Ni-MH battery, AC power, and 4-pin XLR external battery types.
More Information

Recorder Part

  • Channels: 8 channels + 2 channels (stereo mix from built-in mixer) (44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz), 4 channels (192kHz)
  • Signal Processing: AD Conversion: 24 bits, DA Conversion: 24 bits
  • Data Type: Format: BWF (mono/stereo), Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/88.2/96/192 kHz, Bit Depth : 16/24 bits
  • Recording Media: SDHC Memory Card: 4 GB to 32 GB, SD Memory Card: 2 GB


Mixer Part

  • Mixing Channels: Input: 8 channels, Output: 2 channels (stereo)
  • Channel Strip: 3-band equalizer, Fader, Panpot, Stereo channel link
  • Master: Fader, Limiter


Audio Input / Output Part

  • IN 1-8 (Analog Inputs): XLR type (Phantom powered):
  • Nominal Input Level: Input Sens Knob: -62 (SENS +6dB parameter = ON), -56, -50, -44, -38, -32, -26, -20, -14, -8, -2, +4 dBu (Input Level Knob: 0), Input Level Knob: Minus infinity to +8 dB Maximum Input Level: +26 dBu
  • Input Impedance: Mic Input (Input Sens Knob: -62 to -20 dBu): 4 k ohms Line Input (Input Sens Knob: -14 to +4 dBu): 5.6 k ohms
  • OUT 1-2 (Analog Outputs): XLR type: Output Bus: Channel 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 or Stereo mix from internal mixer, Output Level: +4 dBu/-60 dBu, Maximum Output Level: +24 dBu, Output Impedance: 600 ohms
  • OUT 3-8 (Analog Outputs): XLR type: Output Bus: Channel 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 or Stereo mix from internal mixer, Output Level: +4 dBu, Maximum Output Level: +24 dBu, Output Impedance: 600 ohms *When sampling rate is 192kHz, outputs 5-8 are inactive.
  • MIX OUT (Analog Outputs): Stereo miniature phone type: Output Bus: Stereo mix from internal mixer, Maximum Output Level: 2Vrms/-30dBu, Output Impedance: 1 k ohms
  • Digital Input/Output: XLR type (AES/EBU, conforms to IEC 60958-4): Output Bus: Stereo mix from internal mixer
  • Headphones: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type: Headphones: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type, Output Level: 80mW (32 ohms), Output Impedance: 10 ohms
  • Built-in Speaker: Stereo
  • Phantom Power: 48 +/- 4 V, 10 mA per 1 channel (8 channels of phantom power available simultaneously)
  • Residual Noise Level: OUT 1–8: –80dBu (Input Level Knob: Min), MIX OUT: –90dBu (Input Level Knob: Min)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: 0.02 % or less (SENS Knob: +4 dBu, Input Level Knob: 0)
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 40 kHz (0 to -3 dB, Sampling Frequency: 96 kHz/192 kHz)
  • Input Effects: Limiter, Low cut, Stereo channel link
  • MS microphone decoder: For REC, for play and monitor
  • Slate Mic/Tone: Slate Mic: Built-in, Slate Mic: 1 kHz, –20 dBFS/Alarm Tone
  • Monitor: Pre Fader Listening (PFL), Real Time Analyzer (RTA)


Other Terminals

  • USB Interface:
    • A Type Connector (For USB Memory) supports USB 2.0 and 1.1 Mass Storage Device Class.
    • B Type Connector (For Computer) supports USB 2.0 and 1.1 Mass Storage Device Class or USB Audio (Hi-Speed USB, 10 channels inputs and 8 channels outputs)

*When sampling rate is 192kHz, the USB audio interface is inactive.

  • SMPTE Timecode:
    • BNC Connectors (Conforms to SMPTE 12M-1999)
    • Frame rates: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 29.97D, 30, 30D
    • Clock Accuracy - Max Error Rate : 15ppm
  • CONTROL 1,2 jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type



  • Display: 160 x 160 dots graphic display (touch screen)
  • Indicators: IN 1 to 8 Peak Indicators, Slate Mic Indicator, REC Indicator, Play Indicator
  • Power Supply: AC Adaptor (PSB-1U), Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 8, or Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 8, External Power Supply: 4-pin XLR type (9 to 16 V)
  • Recording Time using 32GB SDHC memory card:
    • 1ch: 100 hours (16 bits/44.1 kHz), 16 hours (24 bits/192 kHz)
    • 4ch: 25 hours (16 bits/44.1 kHz), 3.8 hours (24 bits/192 kHz)
    • 8ch: 12 hours (16 bits/44.1 kHz), 3.8 hours (24 bits/96 kHz)
    • 10ch: 10 hours (16 bits/44.1 kHz), 3 hours(24 bits/96 kHz)

* These recording times are approximate. Actual results may vary somewhat.

* If more than one recorded file exists, the total recordable time will be less.


Size and Weight

  • Width: 260 mm / 10-1/4 inches
  • Depth: 235 mm / 9-5/16 inches
  • Height: 93 mm / 3-11/16 inches
  • Weight: 2.67 kg / 5 lbs. 15 oz.
  • Roland R-88
  • Owner's Manual
  • AC Adaptor (PSB-1U)
  • AC Adaptor - 4pin XLR type connector conversion cable