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Boss BR-900CD Digital Recording Studio  

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    A portable dream studio!

    The Boss BR-900CD Digital Recording Studio is a road-tough all-in-one digital recorder with a built-in CD-burner. Features eight simultaneous playback tracks and two simultaneous recording tracks, plus eight V-tracks (64 V-tracks total). The two XLR inputs with phantom power, 1/4" and RCA inputs, digital and MIDI outs give you loads of I/O options. Offers a lineup of quality effects that are worthy of the Boss name. Standards like reverb, EQ, chorus, and delay are included plus additional pro-quality effects like vocal pitch correction, harmony generator, bass simulation, pedal wah, COSM-powered guitar amp and compressor models, and mastering tools.

    Songwriters will love the built-in rhythm programmer, packed with 294 expressive patterns. Customize your own beats using the handy Tone Load function. Connects to a computer via USB for data backup or to import/export WAV files.

    Features

    • 8 simultaneous playback tracks, 2 simultaneous recording tracks with 8 V-tracks (64 V-tracks total)
    • 2 XLR inputs with phantom power
    • 1/4" and RCA inputs
    • Digital out
    • MIDI out
    • Built-in CD burner and Mastering Tool Kit
    • Pitch correction, chorus, delay, reverb, EQ, and other Boss-quality effects
    • Programmable drum generator with 294 patterns, plus Tone Load function for custom beats
    • 1GB CompactFlash card included for 500 track-minutes of recording time

    Don't let your ideas slip away! Call or click to have this recorder by your side when inspiration arrives!

     
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    4.0

    (based on 35 reviews)

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    solid Machine

    I have own my studio for about 1 year and im very satisfied with it. To call this crap is just lack of understanding on how to manage a studio or bad research before...Read complete review

    I have own my studio for about 1 year and im very satisfied with it. To call this crap is just lack of understanding on how to manage a studio or bad research before u find out what u really look for.First its very solid and actually easy to operate. With so many built in effects it takes TIME to learn how they will effect your material.I think the built in guitar sounds are good with many options for how to manage them.I never have any problems with it, its extremely safe to use (if you know how to deal with it).The only minus and that is a big one, is that you only can use 1GB flash card on it and now in 2009 its tough to find them in the stores.How did they think?? Couldn't Boss predict that this cards will be old and new bigger ones would be the thing. At least it should be able to run a 4GB card. U can dump ur stuff to a computer through USB or burn it on a RW CD but it would be smoother if it would manage bigger Flash Cards.Then some advice.. Get good monitors to work with, flat ones that doesnt colour the sound too much. Then check out the room ur sitting in and see if u can make that more suitable for music production. Boss BR 900 CD is worth every penny and If u really make sure u understand the machine you will have a lot of joy with it.

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    I have no clue

    I purchased this unit on-line, so there is always a risk. I'm a guitar player and writer - but technically I'm a dullard. My prior unit was a Fostex X-15 (cassette 4...Read complete review

    I purchased this unit on-line, so there is always a risk. I'm a guitar player and writer - but technically I'm a dullard. My prior unit was a Fostex X-15 (cassette 4 track). The manual says that if you've recorded on a simple unit (like the one I used to own) than the Boss BR-900 should be a breeze. Well, it's certainly no breeze for me! First, it just clicks and clicks and clicks. The only way to stop this clicking sound is to open up the CD burn.To make a long story short, all I've used this thing for is for live guitar effects (I could use a Vox amp for this).Maybe it's me but I can't record a thing on this unit and will use a old Yamaha cassette 4 track to record unless something changes. Again, I'm hoping to use this thing for effects and drums to ultimately find them recorded on a cassette 4 track. Then, hopefully, I'll figure out how to get the cassette master onto CD.I'll never purchase a used unit again. I think I'm ultimately going to go with a tascam 4 track and just toss this unit in for effects.

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    5.0

    Sweet

    By wcbj2001

    from Undisclosed

    This product is exactly what it is advertised to be. It is a great product for recording ideas or even an entire project. Will it replace Pro tools or Logic? No, but for the price it is worth every pennie. The manual isn't the easiest to read but with time this machine becomes very easy to opperate. I have even recorded drums using 8 mics thru a mixer & it sounded great. Those who don't like this prduct were probably looking for a reason not to but a computer based DAW. This will not replace real studios but it can come close if you know what you're doing. Besides what good is a $5000 studio if u don't know how to use it.

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    5.0

    Worth the Effort.

    By Brick

    from Vancouver, BC

    I've owned the Boss Br-900 for a little over 2 years, use it almost everyday and love it. Considering it's size and price its capabilities are extensive. I've found it very useful for recording a few tracks to get a feel for a song before heading into the studio. Overall great product.There are, however, a few drawbacks. Such as limited memory. There really is only room on the memory card that comes with it (and I can't seem to find another one) for one maybe two songs at a time. At first it is a little difficult to use but given some time I was able to figure out all of the quirks of it and have been able to get a surprisingly good sound quality out of my recordings. But other than that I really haven't had too many problems with it.I've found it really useful, tough to get going at first but in the end totally worth it.

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    5.0

    good machine

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I have been using this machine for 5 years now, and i paid double the current price for it. I still think it is the most useful thing I have in my gear collection. My only complaint is that progrming your own drumtracks takes a very long time to figure out, but it's pretty easy to use otherwise than that. It also can't send phantom power to only one of the XLR inputs, so you cant run a Condenser mic and a Sm-58 at the same time unless you have an external phantom drive to run the Condenser through. The onboard effects are great, but I personally perfer to mic my amp and whatnot. IT's extremely easy to use!!!! I'm only 17, and I can use it fine!

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    I have no clue

    By Ocasek-sound

    from Toronto

    I purchased this unit on-line, so there is always a risk. I'm a guitar player and writer - but technically I'm a dullard. My prior unit was a Fostex X-15 (cassette 4 track). The manual says that if you've recorded on a simple unit (like the one I used to own) than the Boss BR-900 should be a breeze. Well, it's certainly no breeze for me! First, it just clicks and clicks and clicks. The only way to stop this clicking sound is to open up the CD burn.To make a long story short, all I've used this thing for is for live guitar effects (I could use a Vox amp for this).Maybe it's me but I can't record a thing on this unit and will use a old Yamaha cassette 4 track to record unless something changes. Again, I'm hoping to use this thing for effects and drums to ultimately find them recorded on a cassette 4 track. Then, hopefully, I'll figure out how to get the cassette master onto CD.I'll never purchase a used unit again. I think I'm ultimately going to go with a tascam 4 track and just toss this unit in for effects.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    complicated and outdated

    By badpeny

    from oklahoma city

    Well I've owned this recorder for 2 years now and still dont know how to use all the functions, I went to buy a 1 gb flashcard and no one seems to carry them anymore (Thats why I say out dated). I have a 1 gb card that came with it but after getting 4 tracks down, or trying to record in stero, an error message appears, DRIVE BUSY , meaning too many tracks are playing at once. And thats with the 2.1 download. Very frustrating

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Cheryl T

    By ZZRose

    from Kansas City, Ks

    It really sucks that the memory card only takes up so much data, and you cannot buy upgrades anywhere, that work. A lot of money to waste on a system that does not work, and you have to read and re-read to get thru the process. Customer service sucks, and product techs do not give a hoot either. Just say no, buy something else or go to the studio.

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    5.0

    solid Machine

    By Ghoststrokes

    from Sweden Stockholm

    I have own my studio for about 1 year and im very satisfied with it. To call this crap is just lack of understanding on how to manage a studio or bad research before u find out what u really look for.First its very solid and actually easy to operate. With so many built in effects it takes TIME to learn how they will effect your material.I think the built in guitar sounds are good with many options for how to manage them.I never have any problems with it, its extremely safe to use (if you know how to deal with it).The only minus and that is a big one, is that you only can use 1GB flash card on it and now in 2009 its tough to find them in the stores.How did they think?? Couldn't Boss predict that this cards will be old and new bigger ones would be the thing. At least it should be able to run a 4GB card. U can dump ur stuff to a computer through USB or burn it on a RW CD but it would be smoother if it would manage bigger Flash Cards.Then some advice.. Get good monitors to work with, flat ones that doesnt colour the sound too much. Then check out the room ur sitting in and see if u can make that more suitable for music production. Boss BR 900 CD is worth every penny and If u really make sure u understand the machine you will have a lot of joy with it.

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    5.0

    Boss BR-900CD

    This thing is extremely useful for anyone who doesn't want to spend thousands of dollars in the studio. The ability to mix is huge, and the effects are pretty solid as well. Be ready to look in the instruction manual a good bit, but overall a good buy for anyone looking to make a demo.

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    4.0

    This is my second BR- Digital Recorder

    By Brad Boling

    from California

    I owned a BR-8 and was very happy with the guitar effects. Using many instruments to record I was very satisfied with the recording quality. The drawback was memory. Tascam CC-222 was the perfect match to burn both CDs & cassettes.Then in 2005 I bought a BR900CD...I do not like the shift in quality. I really must commend the BR-8 but the BR900CD is lacking guitar sound on what should be the same effect and sound.The drums can be recorded live into a tape deck adding fills etc. The worst feature is the one that sold me on it...The CD player/burnner is totally not compatible with anything other than a few or (2) CDs...so all the other CDs I could of finished will now have to wait.

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    3.0

    way too many bells and whistles

    By Mike-9SAmW

    from East Coast USA

    I've had this thing for @5years(since they first came out). It needs (I need) more than 2 channels simu inputs. I use an outboard mixer for more. I wanted an easy "notepad". it's way too complicated for what it is...I don't want/need all the FX or drums. I use outboard FX and outboard Drum machine. I've gone back to my old portastudio. This thing collects dust. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody.

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