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Affordable and portable with a powerful palette of fantastic features such as 64 virtual tracks and onboard effects!
Included 128MB CompactFlash media holds over 60 track minutes of 44.1kHz CD-quality digital recording. 2 tracks of simultaneous recording and 8 tracks of playback feature dedicated track EQ. Flexible I/O includes USB port for WAV/AIFF file exchange, MIDI, S/PDIF digital output, instrument/Hi-Z instrument input, XLR and 1/4" mic inputs, and stereo RCA line out. COSM guitar amp and bass simulator plus wah, guitar synth, and Harmonist effects. Built-in microphone and battery power for recording any time, any place. Tuner, phrase trainer, and a hard-hitting rhythm guide that's fully programmable with tap tempo and dozens of great-sounding presets. Import WAV/AIFF drum files and play 'em back without using any of your 8 playback tracks. All of this is accessible through a brilliantly intuitive interface.
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Reviewed by 36 customers
I use to have a fairly elaborate home studio, but was forced to sale it off a couple of years ago. I was recently looking for something to replace my aging Porta Studio 1 and came across this baby. After reading the ad and reviews I decided that it was the thing for me. After using it I find it amazing that this single inexpensive unit replaced the over $6000.00 in recording gear that made up my old studio.The Rhythm Guide (drum machine) was a little tricky to program at first since it worked a little differently then ones I̵ve used in the past. Once I figured out were I was going wrong it worked like a charm. The drum kits provided offer a broad range of styles and sound great.The preset guitar and bass patches are some of the best I̵ve heard and range from country twang to seriously heavy metal. My first project was a blues song and I found so many usable tones that I had a hard time deciding on just 3 to use. The bass patch I chose made my old Rickenbacker sound like a slightly distorted P Bass. The built in tuner was handy and easy to use.Laying down vocals is just as easy. Just plug in your mic, select one of the presets, and record. Just be sure to turn off the internal mic if your doing punch ins. It̵s so sensitive that it picks up the click of the switches and adds annoying clicks on the track.Editing is a breeze. For example to remove the annoying clicks mentioned above all I had to do was enter the times before and after the clicks and hit enter.Mix down and mastering was a snap. The unit has loop effects (reverb, chorus, etc) that can be added to tracks. The end result is that mono tracks sound much fuller. The onboard EQ is easy to work and very effective. One minor complaint is the mixing board. It would be nicer if the mixer had individual sliders and record buttons for each channel. This would make it easier during mix down and eliminate accidental erasure of tracks.Overall I have to say that this one remarkable unit. Any guitarist/songwriter should find the BR-864 a great home studio. From my experience it would be hard to find anything better for the price.
It is really nice especially for the price. It's confusing at first but once you figure it out its great.
I've played with DAWs, and outboard processors for years--anything in the signal path (especially analog stuff) tends to have varying degrees of noise introduced to the chain, but this unit is quiet...every effect that you would ever need is built into this baby, and as a result is fully integrated--no noisy cables or circuits. Just beautiful sound. This unit is easy to use and even if you've never used any professional recording equipment before, you will be able to get outstanding results very quickly.
Designed for the solo artist, The Boss 864 fits the bill perfectly, providing a durable interface, an easy to learn layout, and functionality in spades. It almost makes a band obsolete... just kidding, but it is great. One note: some have mentioned the high quality recording eating up memory; the lower quality settings sound just fine and last alot longer. If you can't afford a couple of memory cards, then high quality recording isn't the only thing your music career needs.
I haven't had enough time with the unit yet due to the holidays, but the time I have spent with it has been very rewarding. It is a fantastic unit to have between going to my buddys pro studio. The only thing I wish it had that it's missing is a CDRW drive. It would just simpify things.
Well I have to say if you are in a band and you wanna record your band... good value. I love the digital effects. The only thing I don't like about it is that you can only plug in one guitar at a time, and the memory is not a whole lot. The drum machine is very good. I recommend buying if you have a computer, and a good PA head. I made a 20 song album by myself, and it sounds really good. Very easy to record!! Enjoy if you buy it... if I were you and you don't have a whole bunch of money to spend on an expensive one... this is way worth it!
After looking around this had the versatility I needed. I have been able to produce full length recordings using the built in drum kit, the effects are good and it is simple to use. Only downfall is you can only plug one instrument in. If you have the money to spend, buy a high end 8-12 track recorder, you won't believe how easy it is to need extra tracks. But for use for ideas, this is ideal
OK, I don't usually write reviews, but this is an amazing little device. I have owned my BR-864 for over 6 months now, and I am not one bit disappointed with my purchase. What can I say? The effects provided are top notch, the quality of the recordings are exponentially better than traditional tape machines, and the ability to export your tunes to your computer via the USB connection all make for a *great* value for the amateur home recordist. The only problem (which isn't really a problem at all, but did prevent me from scoring all 10's) is that you have only 4 sliders for all 8 channels, which means you need to be mindful of your settings before you mix everything down... again this isn't a huge deal, but the extra sliders would have been nice :)If you want to record high quality demos, etc. and have a limited budget, this is the digital recorder to get. Period.
Wow...what a machine. I would have to agree on all the positive comments posted on this website, Boss outdid itself on this machine. I received this item for a christmas gift only a day ago, and I'm already recording 6-8 track songs, and working with the included bounce mode (track compiler) and mastering toolkits. I should warn anyone without prior audio experience that there is a moderate learning curve. This is my first digital recorder and I've spent about 10+ hours since yesterday with the recorder and the manual. Exporting to the computer is no easy task either. First you bounce your tracks, then master, then export. The machine won't export directly onto the computer either, you have to write wav's and aiff's to the compact flash card first, then sync with the computer and pull it from the card. 128 megabyte compact flash cards will get you as far as nowhere...as each track counts against your time, and I don't think anyone on this website will accept sub hi-fi recording levels. Plus, the bounce mode records to separate V tracks...and mastering requires you to record separate V tracks on top of those...you run out of space very very quickly. 15 minutes in and I had already deleted the demo song that came with it for more space. Remember that wav's are giant files as well, so order this with a bigger card or plan to get one later. A great amateur recording machine that will last well past amateurs.
I played with this at NAMM and it was the coolest thing at the conference this year. Now that I have one of my own, I can honestly say that this is the best songwriting tool, I have ever owned.