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    A studio that goes where the music is.

    The BR-600 provides 8 simultaneous playback tracks, and each of the 8 tracks also contains 8 virtual tracks so you can record multiple takes and choose your favorite at mixdown.

    COSM effects and pitch correction
    Powerful BOSS effects are built into the BR-600. These are high quality algorithms you can use to pump up the impact of dull tracks, fix mistakes, and master your final mixes. Includes COSM guitar and bass amp models, chorus, delay, reverb, EQ for every channel, and pitch correction.

    Drum machine onboard

    The BR-600 has a high-quality drum machine built in. Perfect backing tracks can be assembled from the nearly 300 drum/percussion preset patterns, or beats can be programmed from the velocity-sensitive pads. Rock, pop, blues, country, R&B, Latin, and more -- kick-start a song from the many styles provided.

    Field recording

    The ultra-portable BR-600 is ready to record wherever and whenever you are. It can operate on 6 AA batteries (or AC). Quality stereo microphones are built in for point-and-capture recording on the spot. Record band rehearsals, gigs, or use the BRT-600 to capture ambient sounds. The BR-600 will get the job done beautifully.

    CompactFlash

    The BR-600 records its CD-quality digital audio direct to the included Compact Flash card, the international standard for reliable, portable storage, and even comes with a custom carrying bag and XLR-to-1/4" mic adapter.

    Features
    • Portable and ultra slim!
    • 8 simultaneous playback tracks
    • 64 virtual tracks
    • CompactFlash memory card slot for recording media (128MB card included)
    • Powerful guitar and effects processor, including vocal FX and pitch corrector
    • Built-in drum machine with velocity-sensitive pads
    • Built-in stereo microphone and battery power to record anywhere
    • USB port for data transfer/computer connectivity

    A powerful and portable 8-track studio you can afford. Order today.

     
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    BossBR-600 Digital Recorder
     
    4.7

    (based on 109 reviews)

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    Boss BR-600

    This little son of a gun has made me a better guitarist, song writer and musician just by having fun with it. The amount of features is mind boggling, awesome sounding effects (great...Read complete review

    This little son of a gun has made me a better guitarist, song writer and musician just by having fun with it. The amount of features is mind boggling, awesome sounding effects (great for bass aswell) and the drum kits throw in so many cool treats for metal, rock, hair metal, dance/rap/rnb, jazz and even some bob marley grooves. there is only one problem that I have found with the whole unit and that is the mic preamp is a tad quiet, great for a vocal mics but for a mic such as sm57 or d112 it doesnt supply enough volume. At the end of the day if your looking at making yourself an all around better musician and love experimenting with the tunes you've come up with then this is for you!

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    Complex and Powerful

    I have had this unit for going on two years. This is my first experience with a digital recorder, so the learning curve for me is steep. The instruction manual for this unit...Read complete review

    I have had this unit for going on two years. This is my first experience with a digital recorder, so the learning curve for me is steep. The instruction manual for this unit is the size of a trade paperback, if that gives you any indication of how much stuff is packed in here. The depth of choices you have is truly mindbending. They certainy haven't skimped on the options. The drum kits (there are several) all sound good. If, like me, learning to program them is something you don't have time for, pre-programmed songs in a good spectrum of genres is available. For those willing to invest the time, the choices are certainly there. The con side is that the case of the unit is plastic and the buttons have a very fragile feel to them. The biggest problem with the BR-600 is that you do not have a single XLR mic input--it's all 1/4 jacks. That may be a problem for some, I myself am somewhat annoyed by it, especially since comparably priced units include them. As to the COSM effects, some sound really good. Some are completely useless and awful. There are so many that no two users will agree but the upshot of this is you will probably find yourself needing a preamp and some dedicated effects as you use this. It would actually be easier just to use a seperate pedal and get the setting as you want them than it is to try and manipulate the pre-set COSM channels. This is not set up like a multi-effects pedal, I would love it if it were. The condenser mics onboard are surprisingly powerful and live recordings sound very good. All in all, a lot of bang for the buck but be warned: it runs into a LOT of work figuring it out. If you are an acoustic singer/songwriter type, this would be like buying a sports car to drive to the grocery store.

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    4.0

    good could be better

    By dan barnes

    from Albany Oregon

    Comments about Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder:

    i wish the efects and recording functions were easyer to get to but it works well
    secondary features hard to get to
    easyish to use once you read the manual a few times
    its good for a starting point

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    1.0

    Problem with the card.

    By guitar74

    from Crossville, TN

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    Comments about Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder:

    See above
    I bought a BR-600 in summer of '09. Unfortunately, I was so busy with my band, shows, rehearsals that I didn't have time to use it BEFORE the warranty expired. Fast Forward to winter '10/'11: After two songs I started having trouble with it. After recording my third song, I took a listen. RIGHT AFTER LISTENING, STOPPED THE SONG AND SHUT IT DOWN. WHEN I WENT TO POWER BACK UP, MY SONG WAS GONE, AND IN ITS PLACE WAS A "CARD READ ERROR MESSAGE"!!! Since I didn't have time to get it to my laptop, the song was lost. After calling, emailing support, and finally emailing people at the corporate level, I was told with some vague advice that it was the card. I bought a new one per Boss's recommendations (1GB max, under 45X), tried to initialize it, and ended up with an "unsupported card" message. I finally got a call from Tony in support, who in my opinion, is the only person at Boss that I have dealt with that seemed to care about the problems I was having. He got me set up on the update which cured the card problem. Problems over? Not even close. After RE-PROGRAMMING MY BEATS, RECORDING THE INTRO AND STARTING MY RHYTHM GUITAR TRACKS THE UNIT DISPLAY FLASHED THREE TIMES, GAVE ME A LOW BATTERY MESSAGE (NEVER MIND THAT I USE A PSA ADAPTER), AND SHUT OFF, NEVER TO POWER UP AGAIN!!! I have verified on other Boss products I have that use the same adapter that the PSA is indeed good! I contacted Boss four days ago and have YET to get a reply as to how they feel about making such an unreliable product. It would be a different story if I hadn't taken care of it, but the unit stayed in the case when not in use, was NEVER left plugged in/powered up when not in use, and stayed on my recoding desk, untouched by anyone but myself.

    If you value your time, energy, and the work it takes to make a good recording, don't buy this unit unless you plan on being very frustrated by an unreliable machine, and enjoy the attitude of apathy that Boss has taken over a lackluster product. No service after the sale!
    It is a good idea in theory to have so many features on one multitrack, but when you lose songs, and the unit quits working after three songs, there is obviously a lack of quality control at Roland/Boss!
    See above two statements unless you like the sound of a broken record!

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    1.0

    Waste of Money

    By Nevergain12345

    from Cincinnati, Oh

    Comments about Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder:

    Purchased Boss Br-600 in August of 2010. Nine months later it no longer works. Have to send it back to Roland for repair - if it's even worth repairing, which, given the short time it took it to break down, I doubt that it is. Utterly disappointed. Customer service at Roland completely unconcerned that their product so unreliable. Total waste of money.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Boss BR-600

    By Iz Ostone

    from Adelaide, Australia

    Comments about Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder:

    This little son of a gun has made me a better guitarist, song writer and musician just by having fun with it. The amount of features is mind boggling, awesome sounding effects (great for bass aswell) and the drum kits throw in so many cool treats for metal, rock, hair metal, dance/rap/rnb, jazz and even some bob marley grooves. there is only one problem that I have found with the whole unit and that is the mic preamp is a tad quiet, great for a vocal mics but for a mic such as sm57 or d112 it doesnt supply enough volume. At the end of the day if your looking at making yourself an all around better musician and love experimenting with the tunes you've come up with then this is for you!

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    5.0

    BR600: The ultamate toolbox for your recordings.

    By WWW1

    from Somewhere

    Comments about Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder:

    I've researched the BR600 for a while and I just purchased a new BR600 earlier this March.There are so many reasons why this recorder stands out even among other Boss recorders: you can record a snare, kick,, crash, etc off a real drum kit or create your own sounds. (it's like a rudimentary sampler) and assign them to your BR600 then play them with the drumpads instead of drumsticks! I like to hum sounds and play them on the pads.The cons: The maximum memory capacity is 1 GB on a compact flash card so stock up on these. For some,this maybe a nuisance, but I like to relate this to buying blank tapes or cds or HiMDs.I also downloaded the firmware update to 1.11 on the Boss' website. This firmware update will help your recorder accept other CF brands previously not accepted, but the Boss recorder will not accept a card with more than 1GB even after the download.I'm also a drummer-hobbyist, so I recorded some drums and used the onboard mics and determined how the drums sounded. My impression? The quality was very close to my shure drum mics, so IMO, it's great for live gig/ field recordings.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Complex and Powerful

    Comments about Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder:

    I have had this unit for going on two years. This is my first experience with a digital recorder, so the learning curve for me is steep. The instruction manual for this unit is the size of a trade paperback, if that gives you any indication of how much stuff is packed in here. The depth of choices you have is truly mindbending. They certainy haven't skimped on the options. The drum kits (there are several) all sound good. If, like me, learning to program them is something you don't have time for, pre-programmed songs in a good spectrum of genres is available. For those willing to invest the time, the choices are certainly there. The con side is that the case of the unit is plastic and the buttons have a very fragile feel to them. The biggest problem with the BR-600 is that you do not have a single XLR mic input--it's all 1/4 jacks. That may be a problem for some, I myself am somewhat annoyed by it, especially since comparably priced units include them. As to the COSM effects, some sound really good. Some are completely useless and awful. There are so many that no two users will agree but the upshot of this is you will probably find yourself needing a preamp and some dedicated effects as you use this. It would actually be easier just to use a seperate pedal and get the setting as you want them than it is to try and manipulate the pre-set COSM channels. This is not set up like a multi-effects pedal, I would love it if it were. The condenser mics onboard are surprisingly powerful and live recordings sound very good. All in all, a lot of bang for the buck but be warned: it runs into a LOT of work figuring it out. If you are an acoustic singer/songwriter type, this would be like buying a sports car to drive to the grocery store.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    JUST MY JOURNAL TOOL AND MY ENTREPRICE BY COMPLET

    By migue.migue

    from Bogota Colombia

    Comments about Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder:

    Well. I have my unit about 3 years. Never I had think this little machine, was a complete digital recording studio. you only need one computer to burn your work and creation pieces on a final edited an mastered audio-CD.This procces as easy like copy-paste a file to an usb unit; few minutes procces.I make comercial music, jingles an music for schools, high schools, recording for radio, call center telephone waiting messages, and the sound and narratin for my own video-production, all Thanks to this wonderfull Roland tool.Efects are really good. If you are a guitar player, you dont will need multiefects pedal, because this unit come with a very good selectin, good option for a travel we could say.You will have amazing plus litle things like center cancel, pitch correctin, and rhythm patterns and arranges.in one short expression : I EAT BECAUSE THIS TOOL since the last 3 YEARS. THANKS for ROLAND options like this!.

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    5.0

    For the price...nothing compares

    By Themusicbureau

    from Willimantic, CT

    Comments about Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder:

    My store is a Boss(Roland) dealer and the price you can get it for here is the best deal you will get.The unit is Awesome!!!While everyone and their brother uses the computer to record nowadays...this is for musicians that know how to play and want simplicity.I recorded a song called Waiting 4 Mondays on You Tube - with only a simple chorus on Rhythm and Overdrive on lead. It was all done with no editing and on the spot, so you can hear the natural sound of the BR-600.There are so many great features, just give yourself a little time to learn how to use this specific unit.The drums can do almost anything you want, and you can edit each pattern.When recording on any unit, you cannot use even a mediocre amount of distortion or you sound is fake and muddy. Learn to use a small amount of distortion and double track your parts.Bottom Line: Highly recommended by a professional musician.

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    5.0

    Amazing value for the $

    By jbharoo

    from Washington

    Comments about Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder:

    I've owned the Br-600 for @ 4 years and it is one of the smartest musical purchases I've ever made. For the price, the features and sound quality are fantastic. It has taken my guitar playing and song writing to a whole new level. After a reasonably short learning curve, you will have at your disposal: Built in drums/percussion, a wide variety of guitar, vocal, and mixing effects, and bass and acoustic guitar simulators. It even has a surprisingly good built in microphone. To get the most out of this product, however, you will need to purchase a 1gb memory card and a power adapter. The card it comes w/ is worthless. The owners manual tells you which cards are compatible. I had no problem finding them online or at a local music store that sells this product. Overall: An A+ for the hobbyist who enjoys seeing their originals come to life!

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    4.0

    Nice little recorder

    Comments about Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder:

    First off: there is a bios upgrade that allows the use of more brands of 1GB flash cards. I've had a lot of fun recording with this. The controls are pretty intuitive once you play around with it for a while. The menus and buttons are all logially set up. The guitar effects are okay, not stellar but usable. The loop effects are better. My biggest gripe is the mic preamp is really noisy. Get a seperate mic preamp. All in all I am pretty happy with it for the money.

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