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Advice on Multi Track Recorders

Post by Rimbaud » Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:43 pm

I'm looking for a reasonably good one for around the £200 mark, the Boss BR-600 has caught my eye, has anyone used this? I'm grateful for any help.

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/br-600/69223

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Re: Advice on Multi Track Recorders

Post by MJHibbett » Sat Jan 10, 2009 9:35 am

If it's any help, I've got a Boss Micro BR, and it's FANTASTIC. Really easy to use (once you've read the booklet anyway), EXTREMELY handy to carry around, has TONS of guitar effects, an OK mini drum machine, and a guitar tuner. It can play back four tracks at a time, but each of those has eight "virtual" tracks, so it can be used as a 32 track recorder - everything gets recorded onto a flash card, which you can stick into yr computer and extract (with a downloadable program, free) each track as a WAV to mix on your computer.

It's completely GRATE - I do all my demos on it and have recorded two solo albums, various bits for the next Vlads album, and all sorts of other bits on it. It's BRILL!!

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Re: Advice on Multi Track Recorders

Post by iainmayfield » Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:03 pm

Hiya!

I can vouch for the Boss units - have recently treated myself to a boss BR900 which is awesome - the built in drums and effects are just out of this world - there are so many sounds to play with it's mind boggling - my only gripe is that the instruction handbook is quite lengthy and it's taking me a while to work out how everything works - :) - but I'll get there soon!

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Re: Advice on Multi Track Recorders

Post by Rimbaud » Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:41 pm

Thanks for the help, looks like I'll be purchasing that then.

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Post by Rimbaud » Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:36 am

It's typical, the day I go to buy it I find it has gone up to £259. It's ok though I got it for £130 off eBay, so things worked out well.

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Re: Advice on Multi Track Recorders

Post by humblebee » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:59 pm

Me again.

Just started toying with the idea of getting a little digital 8-track or something. There's so much hassle involved in home recording on your computer, so.

Any thoughts, Anorak?

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Post by MJHibbett » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:46 pm

I honestly can't recommend the Boss Micro-BR highly enough - I've had two so far (they get some heavy use!) and I've used it to record four albums, numerous songs for compilations, various overdubs and a whole series of podcasts. Coincidentally, Chris T-T has just today put out a new live album, half of which was recorded at Totally Acoustic on my four track!

The key with them seems to be getting a decent microphone - I've got a tiny stereo condensor mic which cost about 30 quid and sounds ACE.

My current one is coming to the end of its life at the moment, and it looks like there's a NEW version out - and this one has *EIGHT* tracks!!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004W8ZN7Q/

WANT!

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Post by humblebee » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:19 pm

Thanks for that Mark.

What do they offer in terms of filters and wave editing? When I've recorded on the puter it's been dead handy to drag and drop filters on to tracks, and to just flip over to Wavepad to clean up a clip or alter the speed. And fades and pans, all that stuff?

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Post by MJHibbett » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:31 am

humblebee wrote:Thanks for that Mark.

What do they offer in terms of filters and wave editing? When I've recorded on the puter it's been dead handy to drag and drop filters on to tracks, and to just flip over to Wavepad to clean up a clip or alter the speed. And fades and pans, all that stuff?
They offer NOT MUCH of that sort of thing - it's got an _OK_ drum machine, tons of effects and various other bits and bobs, and you can do SOME editing on it, but the main idea is to use it as a recording and playback device, then you export each track to a WAV and mix it on computer as you say above.

It's a really nice, freeing, way of doing it. I spend all day GLARING on a computer, but using the four track makes it a seperate job altogether - and as I say, it's so small and handy you can pop it in your pocket and records ANYWHERE. Playback is ACE too as you can play four tracks at a time, with 8 "virtual" tracks for each one (may be the other way round for the new version). It's lovely - it's basically like having a really really really good version of the old fashioned cassette four track, except you can record LOADS of each track and then mix it all properly later on on the computer.

I think I've persuaded ME to get a new one anyway!

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Post by humblebee » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:47 am

Ah, OK - so then you plug it into your puter and use Sony Acid Pro or whatever to do the proper mixy stuff?

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Re: Advice on Multi Track Recorders

Post by MJHibbett » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:08 am

humblebee wrote:Ah, OK - so then you plug it into your puter and use Sony Acid Pro or whatever to do the proper mixy stuff?
You plug in the memory card, import the tracks, and then yes, HO! for mixing!

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