Edirol – Noisy for voice recordings

The new R1
Several companies have come with MP-3 or MPEG-2 recorders designed for radio journalists. They are all based on the use of flash memory. This is the latest from a US company called EdiRol and is sold through the music trade (shops that sell guitar amplifiers and the like).

The US$440 unit (street price in the US) includes two electret mics, a 64MB Compact Flash card, an optical-output jack, and 9 recording modes from 64kbps MP3 to 24-bit linear WAV. It can transfer a max-resolution 60 minute recording (908MB) to a PC over USB-2 in around 3 minutes.

I tried one for a morning in August 2005 – but I was disappointed that the input circuitry for the microphone was not that sensitive. It would be great if I wanted to record a guitar, but not a podcast interview. In short, I was disappointed. Anyone had similar experiences?



  1. From Oliver, Berlin, radiokampagne.de
    To: Jonathan

    Hi Jonathan,

    I am sorry to correct you, but the companys name is “Edirol” (without the “t”) 🙂

    Have a look at: http://www.edirol.it/europe/
    oder at: http://edirol.com/

    And of course have a look at my website: http://radiokampagne.de/

    By the way, I loooooove your weblog about the gadgets, I only wish, you could test more products 🙂

    There is a gemran language Magazine for electronic journalismus, it is called “Cut” and they have tested some MP3-Recorders, the Nagra and the MicTube of course. Find their website at:

    Hope to meet you perhaps at CeBIT 2005, until than: sincerely yours,
    Oliver from Berlin

  2. grrr, I didn’t press the CTRL and V enough, so here is the missing Weblink:


    Oliver from Berlin

    (if you want to contact me, please klick on the Page “Kontakt / Impressum” and fill out the form – it is all due to the amounts of SPAM I get via E-mail)

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