The Roland recorder/players portfolio has been expanded with the AR-3000SD, offering advanced sound quality and network control features.
The digital audio recorder features programmable timers, improved network efficiency and support for multiple playback and control formats, as well as formats up to 24-bit recording and playback at 96kHz.
Roland said the AR Series was ideal for broadcast announcements, for use as part of larger installed sound systems which require recorded playback or for automated event productions
The AR-3000SD adds a high quality, digital option, with new features such as a built in yearly programmable timer and LAN control with web server functionality that enables external control of the settings,
Playback can be controlled via the Control I/O Terminals, over a network using the LAN port, MIDI, or via the rear RS-232 port. It has a choice of five different playback types, including direct, program, binary, computer and MIDI, as well as loop and repeat options.
Supporting uncompressed WAV and MP3 formats for up to 24-bit recording and playback at 96kHz, the unit features AES/EBU output for high quality digital audio, while external control can consist of switch-based audio guidance, sensor-activated guide narration, real-time control via a computer, phrase playback and timecode synchronisation using MIDI and central control over a network.
The AR-3000SD itself can also be used to control external devices to facilitate, for example, playback of music on MIDI instruments, turning on amplifiers, lighting control, linking audio to video playback or switching audio over a network.
SD or Compact Flash memory cards can be used for storage, as well as an optional durable 4GB SD/SDHC Memory Card using SLC (Single Level Cell). In addition, the AR-3000SD offers two virtual cards which can store up to 2000 recorded phrases.