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Old November 2nd, 2016, 06:41 PM   #1
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Roland R-88 got a *massive* price drop! (fierce F8 competition?)

For those looking at an alternative to the Zoom F8, I noticed that B&H has a "New Arrival", refurbished Rolland R-88 units selling at nearly half their launch price (I guess Zoom is providing some serious pricing pressure! They might even be new units, and only "refurbished" in name only?!):

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...order_and.html
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Old November 15th, 2016, 09:17 AM   #2
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Re: Roland R-88 got a *massive* price drop! (fierce F8 competition?)

I have an R-88 and love it. I wonder if adding a second one for more tracks when required would work for portable music production. Would timecode sync provide acceptable sample-accurate audio across multiple units? There is no word clock on these machines.
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Old November 15th, 2016, 10:32 AM   #3
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Without a word clock, the two machines would drift after x minutes. The percussive transits would be noticeable the most, even if only a few milliseconds off. It woruld probably
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Without a word clock, the two machines would drift after x minutes. The percussive transits would be noticeable the most, even if only a few milliseconds off the and there could be phase issues as well.. It would probably be ok for a 3 min. song or two per file.
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Old November 15th, 2016, 02:57 PM   #5
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Re: Roland R-88 got a *massive* price drop! (fierce F8 competition?)

I've never used one, just looked at the photos of them.

Even though they don't have separate Word Clock Input, are they able to sync to their Digital Input while recording from the 8 analog inputs? Or is it a case of only one or the other?

If they can sync to the digital input while recording from the analog inputs, could you send the Digital Out from one unit to sync the second unit?

Or use a common digital signal to sync both units at their XLR digital inputs?
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Old November 21st, 2016, 06:07 AM   #6
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Re: Roland R-88 got a *massive* price drop! (fierce F8 competition?)

Today I noticed there is a limited time special (15 hours to go right now) on the "regular" version of this recorder for $795, while the "refurbished" version is still $1195.

Is there something that needs to be refurbished right out of the box? Or is this just an oddity of special sale prices and they have too many of the regular units on hand?
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Old November 24th, 2016, 01:28 PM   #7
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Re: Roland R-88 got a *massive* price drop! (fierce F8 competition?)

The R-88 is now listed as “discontinued” at B&H, so they were clearing out stock. Was such a nice machine. Perhaps Roland has something new coming along.

Syncing to the digital input is something that could be tested. However, it would mean losing two analog inputs on the slave machine, so two 8 channel machines would become a 14 channel system. There is no option in the menus that allows syncing to the AES input without using it as audio in.
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