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A complete digital audio studio!
Greater software reliability and faster CD writing/reading make the popular Fostex VF160EX 16-Track Recorder with CD Burner better than ever. Built-in CDR drive provides one-stop convenience. The recording engine features a total of 16 tracks, plus 8 virtual tracks. Simultaneous 16-track recording (using 8 analog ins and ADAT lightpipe for additional 8) to a large-capacity 40GB Maxtor hard disk gives you hours of recording time, and FDMS-3 technology enables more efficient disk and CPU usage for more track minutes without data compression, plus faster editing and DSP operations. Its superb digital mixer provides 60mm faders for all 16 channels, 3-band EQ with parametric mid and high, master EQ, channel and master compressors, 8 mic inputs, ADAT optical I/O, 2 effect sends and 2 aux sends per channel, and 99 mix scene memory. It also comes with 2 independent multi-effects DSPs including a preset library with great effects. Other special new features include Scrub Zoom, Fader Pairing, Channel Solo, BPM Delay, Event Map Locate, and Locate to Last Rec Point.
A terrific recorder for a terrific price. Go digital with the VF160EX today.
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Superb Little Unit!
This thing rules for the money. You can't beat the sound quality at 16 bit 44.1. I've owned the VF-160 for 2 1/2 years, and have used it for many projects. ...Read complete review
This thing rules for the money. You can't beat the sound quality at 16 bit 44.1. I've owned the VF-160 for 2 1/2 years, and have used it for many projects. I get lots of compliments about my finished work. I've even made a little bit of money using this thing. My advice for learning the key features is to first read the book for basic operation, and practice just recording your own voice to get the hang of the controls, then go back and lay another voice track over the first. Then go and record a song or three for a friends band before you set out to do your own CD so you can really get the feel of what it is like to record from multiple sources at once. When I first got my VF-160, all I had was very crappy microphones, but was still very pleased with the quality of the recordings. As you can afford it, I suggest to get lots of mics and a BBE DI-100x or DI-1000 Box (for awesome bass tracks). I have 3 Shure SM-57's and 3 SM-58's, and 2 PG-81's, Nady 7 piece drum mic set with the CM-90's, 2 Behringer B2 Pros, and a MXL 660 among many others. The only downfall is, that you can only record on 8 tracks at once, but you can get something like the Behringer ADA8000 to allow you to record all 16 tracks at once which will give you the capability of making excellent live recordings. I mostly record live performances, and I own the Behringer ADA8000, but I honestly prefer to use an external mixer for the drums, then send that mix over to the Fostex which leaves 6 tracks free for guitar bass and vocals. Also, keep in mind that if you have a good PA system, and you like the way your vocals sound on it, then why not take the signal directly from there for your vocal tracks. That leaves 4 tracks free for bass and guitar. In the past 2 1/2 years, I've bought lots of goodies to make my recordings sound even better, but believe me, the VF-160 remains the centerpiece of my recording rig.
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I'm not sure what the previous reviewer meant about not being able to transfer files for editing to other machines. You can certainly download your files onto a CD in standard WAV format and...Read complete review
I'm not sure what the previous reviewer meant about not being able to transfer files for editing to other machines. You can certainly download your files onto a CD in standard WAV format and then upload them onto a MAC or PC for editing with almost any commercial multitrack editing software. Audacity works, and it's free. I've had my Fostex VF-160 EX for 6 months now and I'm recording great demos with near studio quality results. Granted the manual is poorly written, but Fostex has an excellent users forum on their website that can answer most questions. Great bang for the buck for home recordings on a budget. I give it a 9 on features because I think we need more than just two XLR mic inputs.
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Although I can't speak to the long term quality aspect of this recorder, I can tell you that for ease of learning, sound reproduction quality, and versatility, this machine is just great. I received the machine early this week and by the weekend was recording our band who were also very impressed by the machine. 12 years ago I paid almost the same price for a Fostex 4 track deck. Who says everything is getting more expensive? Great job Fostex!
I have had this Machine for a year now, that's why I'm writing this now.I use my VF16 fop live and studio and the only thing bad with this machine is when you come back to your projects on it you have to clear your track sliders,The old up and down a couple of times and it works fine.Also if you don't store your scene you have worked for nothing because what ever you have recorded, I say goes to Fostex Heaven for Recorded Material.But I do love this machine and when the time comes I'll buy another Fostex what ever the upgrade is at that time.You can't go wrong with this workstation.
I have had the VF-16 for a long time and until it quits working I will continue to use it. I have recorded several albums on this machine it has paid for itself many times since it was first purchased in 2000. Other than regular maintenance, the major being replacing the hard drive, I have had no problems with this recorder. Ofcourse what you put in the machine is what you will get out. Don't expect great results if you are not using quality mics and whatever else. I do use software to complete mixes but overall the greatness of the music is produced on the VF-16. I have used a lot of different affordable recorders and this is in my opinion the best.
I found that recording with the vf160-ex was user friendly after I was able to fiqure out how the manual works. That is the only problem I found with the board, overall for the money, it is without a doubt the best digital recorder I have ever used.
This is really an amazing recording studio in a compact little box. If you know what you are doing you can get professional results with this machine no problem. I was recording right after I took it out of the box. However, like anything in music its still garbage-in garbage-out so your recording techniques are still all important. The manual is extremely helpful and gets strait to the point. The internal compression is pro as well as the onboard effects. I use almost no external effects anymore. You are really getting a lot more than just a recorder with this machine. If I had one critique it would be that the interface is cryptic at first and there is a learning curve you will go through. However, once you use the machine for a while it?s actually very easy to access most features. I know there are many option out there for recording these days but you won?t go wrong with this machine and for a great price.
I am super A.D.D. and most times can't decide if I want to play acoustic, electric, or bass. Problem now solved!When I first saw the operators manual and all the buttons, I got scarred. The best way to learn, though, is to use it, and the users guide is written so even I get it. Every time I use it, I find something new on it and learn a little more about sound engineering. This is more than the amateur would ever need, and probably sufficient for any professional that needs something portable.The product that I graduated from was the Fostex EX12 Four track analog recorder. WOW! (Digital is amazing)!
I know exactly how usefull and durable the fostex name is. Friends of mine have a rap group and they have had the same fostex for like 8 years and use it everyday and it still works amazingly. Its well worth the money you spend on it. And it will last for years to come.
I bought it. I tried it. I have used it for a year. Saving files to CDR discs for transfer is time consuming, but effective. I suggest using adat in via "Light Pipe" to add the additional eight for 16 total. Loading files into laptop with Pro Tools produces great results! Have had no issues at all.
I really got a chance to see the quality of this product when I had my live CD recording last month. However, you really have to read the manual to understand a few items. Otherwise, the sound was crystal clear. It picked up every sound and music note I expected.
This is a great recording machine. Owner's Handbook: VERY HELPFUL!! The book tells everything you will need to know + more. You can produce wonderful music with this thing. There is nothing really too softwareish about it. If you know how to read and how to use a multi-track mixing board, your pretty well equiped. Patience is important, dont be ready to hear great music in just a few minutes...be ready to tweak for the sound that you want to hear, which is a skill any musician should have.I've recorded ALL of my songs just through earphones. I am planning on buying some monitors for it pretty soon though. Your sound will get better as you get more and more experience. All the songs on my music myspace is recorded on the FOSTEX.