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Digital audio recorder with internal hard drive convenience!
The Fostex MR8HD 8-Track Digital Recorder records to an internal 40GB drive for more than 15 hours of 8-track digital recording at CD quality (16-bit/44.1kHz). The simple and intuitive operation inherited from the Fostex MR-8 recorder is enhanced by features like 4-track simultaneous recording, push-dial button for easy menu operation, full-track bouncing to a new song, and a USB Host function for external CD burning. The Fostex digital recorder has a USB port for stereo WAV file-transfer between the unit and a PC. Built-in digital effects including reverb and delay, and guitar amp and microphone simulations. Dedicated analog guitar distortion knob, S/PDIF digital out for digital mastering, and twin headphone outs give you added control and versatility.
An outstanding value for all these features plus hard drive ease. Call or click to order yours today!
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Nice, easy to use Dig. Workstation
I have owned this recorder for a while now and am very pleased with it. The price is moderate. It has features, like 4-track simultaneous recording, that can't be found on other...Read complete review
I have owned this recorder for a while now and am very pleased with it. The price is moderate. It has features, like 4-track simultaneous recording, that can't be found on other 8 track machines. The more I work with it and learn to use it properly, the more impressed I am. When Fostex finally released the firmware for CD burning, I loaded the new firmware and bought one of the 2 models of CD burner they recommend. The CD burning works great. I have had no problems using it.Having come from the old analog tape days, I like that many of the basic functions are handled with knobs and switches, like a tape-based machine.I use this machine for my own one-man-band projects. And have no problems layering one track in at a time, bouncing to other tracks or other folders ("songs") and so on. Using the methods provided in the machine, I have layed down as many as 14 tracks for a single song project.One reviewer complained about it not having built in preamps. But the type of preamp needed is highly dependant on your situation and equipment. So, it is a good thing to use external preamps. In my projects, I have discovered that tube-preamps help give some warmth to vocals, esp. male vocals.I have connected this machine to my Windows and Mac computers and have not had any problems transfering files. Their Wave Manager program has versions for both Windows and Mac and both seem to work well. If you do install the new firmware with CD burning, you will need to download the newest version of Wave Manager. There seems to be some incompatibility between the new firmware and the old wave manager.There is only a couple of suggestions I would make to this product. Unlike another reviewer who says 40GB is plenty (and it is a lot), I would have put the harddrive in a bay with a access panel that would allow the hard drive to be easily upgraded to larger capacities. (This is presuming the firmware is was also set up to recognise other than 40GB disks.) And, I would have included a CD burning function to save all the files associated with a project to a backup CD.Otherwise- this is a great product and I am very pleased with it.
Most Liked Negative Review
Everytime I record, it freezes up. I loose all of what I just recorded. Usually, we record guitar, bass, vocals, and drum tracks at the same time using the different inputs-...Read complete review
Everytime I record, it freezes up. I loose all of what I just recorded. Usually, we record guitar, bass, vocals, and drum tracks at the same time using the different inputs- so when it freezes we have to do everything over again. This really stinks, especially when you had the song perfect, and when you had lucky noises (feedback, drum fills, guitar noises), and the recorder freezes up and makes you record again. You end up recording about 3 or 4 times before it finally works. Also, in between each time you have to wait for it to cool down, making it a huge waste of time for just one song or track. Another thing that is horrible about this product, is that when you convert your finished song, the mixing gets messed up. The bass gets louder along with vocals, while guitar and drums become almost un-hearable. Don't waste your time with this product, get something made by a different brand.
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I am new to the whole recording scene and have little knowledge with recording devices. This unit is fantastically user friendly, I learned how to operate the MR8-HD within an hour of reading the manual! Also not knowing anything about recording as I said I was scared the quality would be less than good because this unit is price lower than the other multi-track recorders, well I was proven wrong BIG time! The editing features are quite limited but that?s ok I just load the file easily to my PC into ACID Music studio and that solves all of my problems! In addition the fact that it is so portable means I can record any where I bring the unit! Over all this unit is great for those, like myself, who wish to record their work with great quality but can't afford the Pro equipment. Fostex has created a fantastic piece of equipment, Thanks Fostex! Oh also when you buy the MR8-HD, PURCHASE the warranty it will save you a lot of time and frustration!
Take it from someone who has ben doing home recordings for 15 years, this 8 track is the best quality recorder in its class. I've had mine for almost 2 years now, and I've recorded over 100 songs on it in that time. It still works and runs as perfectly as it did the day I bought it. Solid construction, simple to use, it's the perfect (and super affordable) home recorder. If you're looking for the best 8 track for the money, this is absolutely it.
I have been using the Fostex MR8 for about 5 years, and the only thing I ever wished for was more recording time. (Flash card holds only 48 min). The MR8HD was the answer to my problems. 15 hours is plenty, and the "save song" option saves me from wasting my blank cds. Just like the original, you can't adjust trebble or bass on the inputs, but the positives outweigh the negatives by alot. Perfect for demo's.
This recorder with a music work station is a nice combination. For those that are not technically advance, I suggest you consider this recorder. So far I am very happy however."Phunk"
I highly recommend this recorder. It's easy to use, and the recordings sound great. If you don't own a digital recorder yet, get this one. Even if you have no intentions of recording a CD, this machine will allow you to hear yourself so you can improve your sound.
This baby helped me on my way to finishing me and my band's first CD! all you need is to get a cheap microphone, cable (and backup cable), and stand, along with all of your other instruments and play your heart out! Next, I payed attention to the extras: the distortion and the mic effects. The Distortion was a bit fuzzy at times, but we managed and changed it up a little bit later on, but it was very enjoyable to play around with. And same for the mic effects- you have to incorperate them in for the style you want the song (though is still is fun to make explosion sounds with a mic). It's great for beginners, but is still does the job well. People always think that if something is cheap, it sucks, this is a major exception! By the way, get a bigger memory card for it so you have more room to put in the extra songs that you're afraid of forgetting. Buy it!
I've used this thing in my home studio to put together 3 albums worth of material, and it's worked very well, no issues. It's not Pro Tools, but it's about 50 times easier to use, and I can export the wav files into Cubase to do my editing. It's fast, easy to navigate, and you don't need a degree to operate it.
This recorder has many good features. The effects are not that great, but I don't use them anyway so thats no big deal. I use this as the final recorder after I record the entire mix on another Fostex recorder (the D2424LV). Plus I have also used this to record live wind bands, brass choirs, small orchestras etc. You get a clean sound with great portability. I have however two complaints: 1.) The manual is pretty much useles, which seems to be a company standard for Fostex, because the D2424LV is the same way. I think it is written in Japanese or something first then translated to English by someone who doesnt even speak it very well. 2.) The USB port on the back is a little flimsy. I'm afraid that if I push the cable in very hard the jack is going to break. Other than that this is a great machine. And I couldn't be more pleased!
Everything on it works great, except it refuses to work with my computer! I eventually found a number through a dealer. I highly recommend either getting musiciansfriends extended warranty!
First off, I love this thing. It can really give you great recordings, so long as you are using equipment of relatively high quality. When I first got this, I was using a very low quality mic, which I will admit was not even supposed to have a musical use. It was an old Sony microphone for a computer. When I was using this, my vocals did not sound very good at all, and for micing my amp it was only decent if there was no gain on my guitar. But recently I recieved a Nady Sp-1(still relatively low quality) and it sounds MUCH better.