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BOSS continues its top-selling tradition of portable, affordable multi-trackers with the new BR-800 — a battery-powered studio to go.
Standalone multi-track portable recorders have come a long, long way since the first portable cassette tape-based systems came upon the scene over 30 years ago. These portable machines allowed musicians to multi-track record at home and realize their musical vision in a more fleshed-out fashion than ever before. They were relatively affordable and opened the doors to a whole new slew of musician-friendly, music-making products, including rackmount effect processors, drum machines, sync boxes, MIDI-based synthesizers and, of course, personal computers.
Leap ahead to 2010 and be amazed by the Boss BR-800 Digital Recorder and all it brings to the table. The Boss BR-800 is a complete, portable music production system and USB audio interface. Everything you’ll need to make professional-sounding full-scale productions is right there in the box, ready to roll. It has 64 virtual tracks of recording. You can record 4 tracks at a time and listen back to 8 at a time. All your work is saved to the included 1 GB SD card (larger capacity SD cards of 2 GB up to 32 GB are also supported) or to a computer via the built-in USB bus.
The BR-800 boasts a long list of features to help make your productions stand out and be fully realized. Onboard is Roland's famous COSM guitar/bass amp modeling, acoustic guitar body modeling with the AP-1 preamp, powerful effects from the Boss GT-10, and vocal effects from the VE-20, including harmony, double tracking, real-time pitch correction and more. The BR-800 includes inputs for guitar, bass, microphone with 48V phantom power, and 4 XLR and ¼” inputs. The built-in high-quality stereo condenser microphones help make field recording or spontaneous idea capture a breeze. The interactive EZ Recording feature helps guide you through the recording process, acting as your personal recording guru and making operations easy. Sweet! The built-in drum machine, taken from the popular Boss DR-880, is a godsend and can turn out very realistic-sounding drum tracks. But wait — as if all this weren’t enough, the Boss BR-800 also acts as a USB audio interface and control surface. You can control your favorite DAW software and tap into the BR-800’s internal effects.
You can record at CD quality 44.1 KHz and convert at 24 bit in WAV format. USB can be used for audio I/O, MIDI I/O, file transfer and BUS power operation. At only 2 pounds, the BR-800 is light and easy to carry. It runs on the included AC adaptor or 6 AA alkaline batteries, giving you approximately 5.5 hours of recording time.
The Boss BR-880 comes packaged with Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 LE software including audio loops and backing tracks. Everything runs via the unit’s touch sensors, enabling a slim, compact design that is perfect for anywhere and everywhere your recording needs take you. The Boss BR-800 Digital Recorder — don’t leave home without it!
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Comments about Boss BR-800 Digital Recorder:
The BOSS BR-800 is s compact but powerful 8 track recorder, and easy to learn. To record, you simply 'arm' a track, chose a COSM guitar/bass effect, a drum pattern and record.
The BR-800 uses a SD card for recording and will accept up to a 32GB SD cards, this translate into hours of recording. I have a 4GB SD card and have recorded over 30 songs, and still mucho recording left on the card.
If you find that you're running out of record time, than simply transfer /back-up the tracks via USB or the free BOSS Wave Convertor software (that's what I use).
The BR-800 comes bundled with SONAR LE, once loaded on your computer; you can use the BR-800 as an external audio device or DAW control surface.
I could go on & on, but the bottom line is that you'll spend more time recording, and less time trying to learn to record.
BR-800 Digital Recorder
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