Edirol R-09HR Wave/MP3 Record Firmware Updates To v2.00
For professional audio recording when travelling – I rely on my trusty Edirol R-09HR, high resolution Wave/MP3 Recorder – if you ever see me out and about you will probably notice my Edirol close by.
The unit is a compact, and light (0.2kg), unit that records audio, either WAV or MP3 format, to SD card (up to 32GB), using it’s built in stereo microphone – and the resulting quality is very good – at up to 24 bit 96 kHz sounds. Other features include OLED display, USB 2.0 file transfer, preview speaker, and a high-sensitivity stereo condenser microphone built-in.
It was whilst attending the “Focus on Imaging 2010” show, at the Birmingham NEC, that I learned version 2.00 firmware update for the Edirol R-09HR is now available for download from the Roland website.
New features in version 2.00 include a new self-timer recording function, file divide and combine built-in, metronome function, and a tuner function. The Self Timer function is useful as it allows you to take a few seconds, after pressing RECORD, and before launching into whatever it is you are planning to say.
A feature I would love to see in a future firmware update is a recording time limit or silence detector – so recording automatically stops after a certain period of time or when sustained silence is detected. However, in the mean time – the new divide function can be used to split off the useful part of a recording from any dead time.
As my device is running just version 1.06 it looks likely to be a big leap. The upgrade process involves downloading the new firmware, then copying the 1.7MB update to an SD Card, un-mounting the SD card from Windows, cycling the power on the device (press the REC button whilst it is starting up). At this point the device should report “Program Update, Found R09HR_PRG.UPD PROG:1.06 –> 2.0 Update, Push [REC]”. Pushing the record button will perform a Flash Erase followed by a Flash Program, finally ending with a “Complete!” message which instructs you to power off the device.
The whole thing only takes a few minutes and then you are good to go.
Get the Edirol R-09HR update.