This year one of the hot products across the show floor are compact recording devices that support digital media. There are a number of dinky CF recorders released this year but Roland have provided a slightly bigger unit that supports both Compact Flash and direct to CD recording. Aimed more at the student / practice market than in the field recording.
XLR's and CF and no BS
There are a range of inputs, a stereo microphone is built into the CD-2 for fast capture, external mics can be plugged in via the CD-2’s two XLR inputs, complete with phantom power. RCA inputs and outputs are provided for convenient connection to CD players, stereos, and the like. 1/4-inch inputs allow instruments to be directly connected as well.
The aim is to provide an easy system to record audio fast. It has a range of effects and with clearly laid out controls that don't need you to fight through menus to get to. There is a nod towards students and those practice with its built-in stereo speakers, speed/pitch control, tuner, and metronome. Lessons or musical passages can be recorded, and played back at a slower tempo while retaining the original pitch. Or pitch of the audio can be changed for play-along practice in different key signatures.
The range of effects the CD-2 offers includes reverb, EQ, and compression. Tools are provided for guitar and vocals, and the onboard Mastering effects help put the final polish on the mix before burning to CD.
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