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Fostex MR-16HD/CD Digital Recorder with CD Burner

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More recording power for less money with a compact footprint.

Ever since they pioneered the first 8-track digital recorder that could use 1/4" tape (without the expected crosstalk), Fostex has found new ways to give you more in less space and for less money.

The MR-16 gives you 4-track simultaneous recording and 16-track playback, plus the ability to bounce 16 tracks to a new song file, so you get your full 16 tracks at mixdown. A built-in 40GB hard drive gives you up to 8 hours of recording (16-track). A built-in CD-R/RW drive lets you create your own audio CD or import/export WAV files.

The MR-16 digital recorder also provides 4 x analog inputs (mic/line) with phantom power, one of which features built-in analog distortion, amp simulation, or mic simulation, for guitar. Input EQ for sound-shaping is also available. Input signals can be assigned to the stereo buss to output through the monitor and stereo output along with playback audio.

On the output side, the Fostex MR-16 offers 2 x aux output so you can use outboard signal processors, S/PDIF digital out (optical) for digital dubbing to MD/DAT recorder, and a MIDI output to send MTC or MIDI Clock to an external sequencer or recorder.

You also get built-in digital effects including reverb and delay, plus dedicated mastering effects (3 presets) on a stereo bus (good for track bouncing or stereo mixing). The Fostex MR-16 recorder also features powerful audio editing functions including Copy/Paste, Move, Import, Exchange, Erase, etc of selected tracks or part.

A USB 1.1 host port lets you to connect an external CD-R for creating audio CDs and a USB 2.0 port gives you high-speed transfer to a PC, plus easy file conversion of audio data on Track 15-16 to stereo WAV file. Used with the bounce function, this provides a convenient way to create audio CDs on PC, or music files for a portable player.

FEATURES
  • Recording on built-in 40 GB HD offering 4-track simultaneous recording and 16-rack playback. Approx. 8 hours recording (16-track)
  • 4 x analog inputs (mic ” line level) offer phantom power for use of condenser microphone. 1 Input among them accepts Guitar, etc. with built-in analog distortion, amp simulation or mic simulation. Input EQ is also available for various sound designs.
  • Input signals can be assigned to stereo buss to output through Monitor and Stereo Out together with playback audio.
  • 2 x Aux Out
  • Built-in Digital Effects (3 x reverb / 1 x delay) on 1 ” 4 tracks. Dedicated Mastering Effects (3 Presets) on Stereo Buss good for track bounce or stereo mixing.
  • In addition to track bouncing inside a Song file, track bouncing / mixing of recorded 16 tracks to a new Song file.
  • Easy file conversion of audio data on Track 15-16 to stereo WAV file. Together with bounce function, convenient for creating audio CD on PC or music file for portable audio player.
  • Editing function such as Copy/Paste, Move, Import, Exchange, Erase, etc of selected tracks or part.
  • USB 2.0 port for high speed file transfer to PC.
  • USB Host port (USB1.1) to connect an external CD-R for creating audio CD.
  • S/P DIF Digital Out (optical) for digital dubbing to MD/DAT recorder.
  • MIDI output to send MTC or MIDI Clock to an external sequencer or recorder.
  • Built-in CD-R/RW drive for creating audio CD or import/export WAV file.
  • Two options for burning a CD; Track at Once (Songs can be added) or Disk at Once (no audio mute between the songs). Good for making original album, Mix CD of DJ or Live CD.
SPECIFICATIONS
Recording/reproduction
  • Recording Medium: 3.5 inch, hard disk (E-IDE type)
  • Recording Time: Approx. 472 minutes (16-track on 40GB)
  • Recording Format: FAT32
  • Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
  • Quantization: 16-bit linear (non-compression)
  • A/D Converter: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
  • D/A Converter: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
  • No. of Recording Track: 16 tracks maximum
  • No. of Simultaneous Rec: 4 tracks
  • Recording/Reproduction Frequency 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Dynamic Range: 89dB or more (typical)
  • T.H.D.: 0.06% or less (typical)
Inputs/outputs
  • Analog In (4ch)
  • Connector: XLR-3-31 type (Pin2:hot) and ¸ 6mm TRS phone
  • Input Level: -48dBV (MIC) - +4dBV (LINE)
  • Input Impedance: 1.5k ohm or more (MIC/BAL, 400k ohm or more
(GUITAR/UNBAL)
  • Phantom Power: P48V
  • Insert (Input A)
  • Connector: ¸ 6mm TRS Phone
  • Output Level: -10dBV
  • Load Impedance: 10k ohm or more
  • Input Level: -10dBV
  • Input Impedance: 10k ohm or more
AUX Out
  • Connector: ¸ 6mm stereo phone
  • Output Level: -10dBV
  • Load Impedance: 10k ohm or more
Stereo Out (L, R)
  • Connector: ¸ 6mm stereo phone
  • Output Level: -10dBV
  • Load Impedance: 10k ohm or more
Headphones
  • Connector: 2 x ¸ 6mm stereo phone
  • Max. Output: 50mW or more (@32 ohm)
  • Load Impedance: 16 ohm or more
MIDI Out
  • Connector: DIN 5 pin
  • Format: MIDI Standard
Foot Switch
  • Connector: ¸ 6mm phone
  • Level: TTL level
Digital Out
  • Connector: Optical
  • Format: IEC 60958 (S/P DIF) 44.1kHz
USB (USB2.0 Hi-Speed)
  • Connector: B type (data save/load controlled from PC)
USB HOST (USB 1.1)
  • Connector: A type (external CD recorder)
General
  • Dimensions: (W x D x H): 19 in x 15 x 6.3 in, (400 mm x 264 mm x 85 mm)
  • Weight Approx.: 10.2 lbs, (3.5kgs)
  • Power Requirement: 100V - 230V, 50/60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 14W
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4.4

(based on 26 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

READ THIS FIRST!!

Ok, This is a good recorder BUT before you buy this you should understand what this recorder can and cannot do.1. Recording quality is really good.2. Has 4 inputs to record 4...Read complete review

Ok, This is a good recorder BUT before you buy this you should understand what this recorder can and cannot do.1. Recording quality is really good.2. Has 4 inputs to record 4 at a time.3. Has cd burner built in to burn after you complete a song.4. Has only 4 effects: room hall plate delay, and they are not the best either.5. All eq'ing is all presets, you cannot eq just highs or lows or mids.6. Editing: you cannot say for example copy a chorus and paste it again somewhere else on the same track or any other track. You can copy and paste to different tracks you just can't paste to a different time or same track.7. The manual is horrible, does not explain enough in detail. You're gonna have to figure things out on your own while reading the manual.TRIAL AND ERROR!8. With the inputs kinda weird: you only can use more than one input if you are recording with more than one instrument/mic or in stereo. If not you use the first input for all tracks.I believe Fostex made this for recording with computers not for a standalone. If you want good demos this will get the job done but if you are not a beginner I would not recommend this recorder. I would suggest a Korg d3200 or a high end Roland. I hope this helps your decision with this recorder. I would not want anyone to get this thinking it will do all kinds of things that it doesn't.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

quality control?

I've had this "replacement" recorder for a week now. I used to like Fostex products because of their simplicity, sound quality, and ease of use. But now some quality control...Read complete review

I've had this "replacement" recorder for a week now. I used to like Fostex products because of their simplicity, sound quality, and ease of use. But now some quality control issues have arisen to make me question that. The first one I got a month ago puked after about an hour during recording. Complete system failure.This replacement I currently have seems to work okay. However, when it heat's up, it won't shut off when using the power/on/off button. I have to unplug it. So far, that is the only problem with this one. But I'm waiting for something else to go wrong with it. I'm using it, but, I'm afraid that it won't last as long as the old VR or VF series. Reliability is a good thing. But it's too much to ask sometimes, especially for a company like Fostex which I guess now is in the market of pushing "disposable recorders".

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AT HOME STUDIO? YES!!!

By Jimbo-hZtmZ

from Kentucky

I don't usually respond to things like this...But I just love this recorder. When I was twenty I never dreamed I'd have my own recording studio. This thing is so much fun, quality and so much bang for the buck. If you don't have lots to spend, get this one, you'll love it! I'll still be exploring new things to do with it years from now. It's easy to get started using, but I just keep learning new things and enjoying every bit. I get started and I'm lost for hours. Did I say buy it? You won't regret it!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

worth buying

By olpmmone

from so. Fla.

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I've had my mr-16hd board for over 2 years now. I haven't had a single problem with it. I've recorded 22 full length songs in house and 8 outside live songs. (and trust me I used every track I could and then some) Every song mastered without a hitch. I've recorded in several high end studios and it would be hard to tell the difference in quality.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply PERFECT

By Nibby G.

from Foothills of the Berkshires

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Because I am not a technologically skilled person by nature (look in the dictionary under "Old School," you'll see my picture!), I was leery about getting this unit. I was silly to worry. This is the easiest to learn, most intuitive digital recorder available anywhere at any price. The sound quality is ridiculously good. The CD's it burns are equivalent in sound quality to ones you buy in a store. I worked for years in a prestigious recording studio and spent thousands recording my own demos. I wish I'd known then what I know now... I could have done it all on my own in my basement for a few-hundred bucks! Live and learn. BUY THIS UNIT. You'll love it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awsome recorder

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

i used to have a taskam 8track digital recorder and i decided to move up to something with a little more options and a bit more efficient. well, for having this unit for about a year now, i can say that i have'nt hit a snag with it yet. i only have one problem and thats with the preamps. they are good preamps with low noise but they are somehow set on a clip-canceler meaning that when the preamp clips or spikes too high, it will shut of that channel completely and then you have to turn off the unit and turn it back on to get the use of the channel again. but all'n'all, i think it's still a good deal.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Do not buy

By robocop2

from New Mexico

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After I had the machine for just over a year..no warranty,,it coped out..burner would not work. Their service department might as well be a ecivres department the reverse of service they are no use at all. This machine is working now after spending another two hundred bucks getting it repaired. I do not buy anything anymore with out the extended warranty. I am considering buying a new Yamaha with extended warranty. But do not buy a fostex unless you want to pay more money for repairs and depend on a worthless tech support department. Ask around do not take my word for it. I was happy for the first year but then....just like it was programed to go out!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

READ THIS FIRST!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Ok, This is a good recorder BUT before you buy this you should understand what this recorder can and cannot do.1. Recording quality is really good.2. Has 4 inputs to record 4 at a time.3. Has cd burner built in to burn after you complete a song.4. Has only 4 effects: room hall plate delay, and they are not the best either.5. All eq'ing is all presets, you cannot eq just highs or lows or mids.6. Editing: you cannot say for example copy a chorus and paste it again somewhere else on the same track or any other track. You can copy and paste to different tracks you just can't paste to a different time or same track.7. The manual is horrible, does not explain enough in detail. You're gonna have to figure things out on your own while reading the manual.TRIAL AND ERROR!8. With the inputs kinda weird: you only can use more than one input if you are recording with more than one instrument/mic or in stereo. If not you use the first input for all tracks.I believe Fostex made this for recording with computers not for a standalone. If you want good demos this will get the job done but if you are not a beginner I would not recommend this recorder. I would suggest a Korg d3200 or a high end Roland. I hope this helps your decision with this recorder. I would not want anyone to get this thinking it will do all kinds of things that it doesn't.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good for the buck

By Muchobliged

from texas

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i have had this unit for the past 4 months. I like it cuz its easy to use. recorded my first song in 3 hours as i did the drums, bass, guitars and vocals. i does have a few flaws. so i had to run my outboard fx on it. For doing demos its ok and well i will give it that. if u are looking for a unit for a good demo this is it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best Thing Ever Happend to me!

By Kevykev388

from North Carolina

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I just got this thing in the mail YESTERDAY and burned a song on cd within an hour and a half straight out of the box. This 100% user friendly and worth every penny for the quality and performance of it. The only thing I would recommend to anyone planning to get one, would be to invest in a preamp and mic compressor for even BETTER quality vocal recordings. A+ all the way!

 
5.0

Excellent Home Recorder

By bubba

from Idaho

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I have a MR8 and 2 VF160EX recorders from fostex. I really like the preamp on the MR series. I also like, now that 2 gig flash cards are cheep, using the MR as a small field recorder with the built in mike. Also, the MR8 with compact flash has super fast access times for editing. This unit looks like a combination of the MR and VF160ex (though it doesn't have a built in mic). I'm certain that you could get an excellent sounding CD out of this thing. Fostex builds solid stuff, but you might need to be a little careful with the the trim, pan, etc knobs (Don't get too drunk before tracking that guitar solo)

 
2.0

quality control?

By katfish-X-KuL

from Big Rapids, MI

I've had this "replacement" recorder for a week now. I used to like Fostex products because of their simplicity, sound quality, and ease of use. But now some quality control issues have arisen to make me question that. The first one I got a month ago puked after about an hour during recording. Complete system failure.This replacement I currently have seems to work okay. However, when it heat's up, it won't shut off when using the power/on/off button. I have to unplug it. So far, that is the only problem with this one. But I'm waiting for something else to go wrong with it. I'm using it, but, I'm afraid that it won't last as long as the old VR or VF series. Reliability is a good thing. But it's too much to ask sometimes, especially for a company like Fostex which I guess now is in the market of pushing "disposable recorders".

 
5.0

studiossss

By leSHok

from penn's ill vain ya

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no way i was touching an 8 track so i went for the bigger better 16 track. with a hard drive and cd burner this makes the product really amazing. the instructions could be a little bit more specific but i have been around a friend who recorded for a few years so i got the basics down. it's really easy to use though ha ive used it for about five hours but i have no idea how to save so i turned it off and turned it on and it was still there so whatever. amazing DO BUY THIS!

 
5.0

For the price- Outstanding!

By Edgeof666

from Arizona

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I had no idea how good this piece of equiptment was going to be, and at the price, I admit, I did not expect much. However, the very day I recieved it, my rythm guitarist and I managed to bang out a great sounding piece of music, and it's only gotten better. This is also a snap to use! As long as you already have decent mics and a PA system, don't go to a studio to record your demos, just buy this!

 
5.0

16 track recording for mere mortals

By maya man

from three rivers, ca

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This is definetly worth the price. I've had it only for a couple of weeks but it very easy to learn out of the box. I did an instrumental recording w/ guitar, bass, and drums which I mixed down and burned to a copy. I was shocked that I did this in a couple of hours even with the aid of the manual. So far the only faults I can find with it are the following. The built in amp sims are disappointing for the guitar but I will probably mic my guitar amp and purchase a line 6 pod so no biggie. I think that the knobs, the disk tray, and the 1/4 inputs appear a little on the fragile side. Don't let that deter you though if your willing to take good care of your unit. I've heard only good things from other owners and fostex has apparently worked out the "crashing" problems with this unit that seem to be complained about with the tascam 24 track portastudio.

 
4.0

Decent

By songwriting_girl

from Sundance, Wyoming

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After using the Fostex 8-track recorder for a few years I upgraded the the Fostex 16-track recorder, as 8 track just were not enough tracks anymore. I record a variety of different instruments and the recorder definately allows provided the extra tracks needed, especially using the bounce feature where you can even bounce all 16 tracks onto a new song to continue recording more tracks. It is fairly easy to use and you can learn how the machine works quickly. However, I was dissapointed in the effects. It little variety for effects, which surprised me since the 8-track version had decent effect. You can also only apply reverb ect. to the first 8 tracks. So overall, it gets the job done and is easy to use. But if the internal effects are an important aspect in your purchase then you may want to look for something else.

 
5.0

16 track hard drive and cd burner

By Mr. Mojoe

from Daytona Beach, FL

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I upgraded from the 8 track version so I was up and running in no time. Having 8 single fader tracks vs. 4 has made recording easier with less bouncing to get what I what. The hard drive with 100 hours recording time allows more time recording and less time spent moving finished songs to other media for storage. It makes a nice addition to a small home studio for capturing the sounds you hear in your head.

 
5.0

Good for the cash

By Muchobliged

from texas

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I have been in the music biz for over 20 yeas as well as recording. I have a home studio with a tascam 424mk3. well it works good for small bands. wanted to go digatal on a budget. I got this unit and it is very good. i recorded my first cd in a few days and sent it off to nashville to get mastered and omg it sounded like gold.

 
5.0

Definetly check this product out!

By Progger871

from Jersey

I believe a baby could probably make their own cd of a couple tracks in a matter of a couple hours. I was absolutely amazed how good this machine is. If you know what you're doing already, it will be a breeze, if not, it will only take a couple tries. Sound quality was way more than I expected. I have used bigger, more expensive products for a long time, and this is no question the best buy for the buck so far. If you have a program like Pro Tools, you can make your own studio demo with outstanding sound. If this is your price range, this is your machine.

 
5.0

PORTABLE AND USEFUL

By Bob Szekely (

from Colorado Springs, CO

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I had previously owned an MR8 (CF) upon which I demoed my first song. I sold it because the CF cards at the time had too small a capacity and too slow an access time. Along comes the MR16 with HD and CD: instead of two tracks at a time, now four can be simultaneously recorded. I have mated this with a pair of Edirol powered desktop monitors, to do overdubs and mixes on the road. I record basic tracks in a friend's studio on Sonar 6, export each track to mono .WAV files (or 2-track CD-DA for stereo tracks, like drums) and then import the files onto individual tracks via the built-in CD drive. I have used the buss to re-amp a guitar track through my Line 6 POD recently, and I master the mixes by running the stereo outs (L+R channel) into my patchbay, running through a BBE 362 Sonice Maximizer, a Behringer 4-channel limiter compressor, and a 16-channel Peavey graphic EQ to stereo minidisc (MD). Once I've got the track mastered to where I'm satisfied with the output, I do an optical/digital synchro-dub from MD to CD, which then becomes my working master. The MR16HD/CD has an enormous amount of flexibility, and by using the import / export capabilities of individual tracks, allows a recording to start in the studio (mostly to get quality drum tracks down), and then go on the road for overdubs and mixing.

 
5.0

Great But.......

By robocop2

from New Mexico

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This is a gem of a recorder. The instructions are B/S and not easy to understand....I am not a moron and some things on the recorder are counterintuitive. Like how to create a wav file or how to record on track at a time. But...once I figured it out I loved the machine...I am still trying to get throught the mixdown on the two track...but it is simple once you play with it for a while and figure it out on your own. The guys that wrote the instructions are techies and no nothing about how musicians think! Fostex has b/s support....all the negs assssside this is a great recorder for the bucks and you should get it.

 
5.0

Garage Band

By Stevie Ray

from Lakewood,CA

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Was a little nervous at first but after trying to record our garage band live,this is easy.Four tracks at a time recorded works for a guitar a bass and two tracks on the drums.This equipment will make you sound great.If you are in the market this is the one.

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