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Roland VS 2480 vs Radar

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Trademax, May 18, 2001.

  1. Trademax

    Trademax Guest

    I have been using ROland for 3 years and may go up to the new 24 track this month...total investment is about $ 3800...
    I have 2 effects units, mic pres etc....how does the Radar compare to the Roland? I suspect it is more money...thanks in advance!!
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    That is like comparing a Ferrari (Radar) to a Ford (Roland)! :D
  3. Trademax

    Trademax Guest

    ok...well I am not a "real pro", just a regular guy doing demos for groups I know....but if I could get a Ferrari for 2x what a Ford costs. I would consider it....in a nutshell, what are the differences, and what is the learning curve for someone used to the Rolands...thanks, in advance! Mike :p
  4. 1. Radar is a mature & well known reliable workhorse recording device that gives good client.

    2. Sonic performance. Radar is awesome, second to none! Check out their users list on the website: http://www.recordingtheworld.com

    3. Ergonomics & learning curves. You will be recording 2 minutes after hooking up the Radar. The auto-locator/remote is a pro-grade device with clearly labeled buttons (one function/button mostly).

    4. Support. I have owned stuff from Studer/Sony/Panasonic/Mackie/Roland/Alesis etc. and from experience I can tell you that IZ Corp (home of Radar) is second to none. A major factor here is also that their only products is the Radar and its accessories. IZ Corp themselves claim that their support department is open 24/7 and staffed by real Radar users only.

    5. I might be wrong here, but I think that the Roland unit uses some reduction scheme - and I´m not talking about non-destructive compression here. But as I said, I might be wrong on this one.

    6. The Radar costs more, but you most certainly get more bang for the buck. This system used to cost over 20 grand not very long ago.

    Just my 2c.


    I´m just a happy Radar II user trying to help.
  5. Thanks for the nice words Mats, we appreciate it.

    As a brief summary, RADAR sets out to do its job better than any other unit out there- and that job is recording. It also includes the basic editing features that are adequate for most recordings.

    However, we do not offer the mic pres, mixing capabilities, effects etc that the Roland (or other all-in-one boxes) do.

    Hope that helps sort out some of the questions.


  6. Curve Dominant

    Curve Dominant Active Member

    How much is Radar? Just curious...I didn't see it listed in my Sweetwater chumpy.

  7. Curve Dominant

    Curve Dominant Active Member

    Nevermind, I just looked at the website.

    $9K, for a harddisk recorder; and according to iZ, "...we do not offer the mic pres, mixing capabilities, effects etc that the Roland (or other all-in-one boxes) do."

    >>That is like comparing a Ferrari (Radar) to a Ford (Roland)!
    Joel Gette
    Soundscape Digital<<

    I dunno, Joely-boy. You're gonna have to do a little better than that.
  8. Curve Dominant

    Curve Dominant Active Member

    Martin got the Roland 2480, so I guess that answers my question. Thanks anyway...
  9. If the Roland is what he bought, maybe that's what he needed!

  10. Curve Dominant

    Curve Dominant Active Member

    Exactly, Paul, thank you. The two products are both great products for what they do. I was hoping that Joel would have responded, because it was his characterization of the two products that I had taken issue with. If he could have convincingly elaborated on his view, I would have been all ears. But I'll leave it alone.

    I have looked over the Radar site, and I think you folks have a good thing going. Cheers back at ya, Paul!

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