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Fostex MR-8HD 8-Track Digital Recorder with 40GB Hard Drive   

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

FEATURES
  • Internal, 40GB, 3.5" hard drive provides more than 15 hours of 8-track recording at 16-bit/44.1kHz
  • Intuitive, simple control environment
  • 128 x 64-dot LCD
  • Full-track (8-track) bouncing to a new song
  • Push-dial button for easy menu operation
  • USB port for stereo WAV file-transfer between unit and PC
  • Built-in digital effects including reverb, delay, and guitar amp and mic simulations
  • Dedicated analog guitar distortion knob
  • USB Host function for external CD burning
  • S/PDIF digital out for digital mastering

An outstanding value for all these features plus hard drive ease. Call or click to order yours today!

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4.5

(based on 64 reviews)

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Great Price for Great Equipment!

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...Read complete review

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!

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Horrible Buy

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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Price for Great Equipment!

By TheThinkingM

from Florida

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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

hmmmm

By Comrade F.

from Philadelphia

I have owned it for a year now and it has been a dissapointment at every turn. Plain and simple it has absolutely no tone control and it has a lot of problems picking up bass and other low end frequencies. You should consider avoiding this product. Most recently it has given me error messages when trying to bounce tracks to wav.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy it!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Legendary Device

By Jenkinator

from Denver, CO

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.

 
4.0

Simple/Clean/Convenient- could use 1 more feature

By OldSchool-YoungHeart

from Elma, WA

The Fostex MR8HD 8-Track is a great tool for any musician who wants to be able to quickly and easily record ideas or demos. It is very lightweight and portable, easy to use, makes quality recordings for the price range, and has some handy features like built in effects, phantom power, a metronome, and the ability to record 4 tracks at once. It's definitely worth the price I paid.Now the stuff I wasn't crazy about: I didn't like the fact that when I recorded a track with the built in effects, the track is actually dry and the effects are added on playback or mix down. The problem with that is when you want to change effects for the next track you change it (on playback) for the first track as well. A work around is to use your own effects before the MR8HD and record them then use the built in effects for mix down. The main feature I would have liked was the ability to bounce multiple tracks to a SINGLE track. You have to either bounce them to tracks 5&6 or 7&8, which dramatically reduces the overall amount of recordable tracks.Bottom line I still think it's a great and handy unit for the cash, I?m super happy with my purchase!

 
5.0

Great Recorder

By ABbanjoman

from Bennettsville SC

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I have had my MR8HD for about 6 months now and I am very satisfied. The only issue I have is that the pre's could be better, but they work fine for me with a couple of inexpensive condenser mics. In addition, they have a great user forum to help you with learning to use the machine and IMHO, better than average customer support. As with any new device, there will be a learning curve before you use it to its full potential, but that is largely due to the fact that it is so easy to start laying down tracks that most new users start doing exactly that without taking the time to learn about track bouncing, transferring files to pc, etc. Most of the problems I have read about here have been resolved quickly with firmware updates.

 
4.0

The unit itself is pretty good...

By Fostex Service is TERRIBLE

from southern california

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!

 
4.0

Some Issues

By tRICKster

from Mississauga, ON

This is a nice little machine that has some bugs. There is a recall on some early serial numbers, and beyond that there's a steady stream of software updates. I gave it 5 stars on quality just because of the software issues, and dead air from customer support at Fostex. But the machine is solidly built though I do hear some scratchyness when turning the panning knobs.

 
5.0

Great Machine

By DW-DHOGY

from Arkadelphia AR

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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!

 
5.0

Great recording machine for amatuer musicians!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have had this machine for over a year now and have recorded one CD which sounds good to my ears and others who have listened to the recording. The CD was recorded using Shure 57 & 58 microphones. It took a little bit of trial and error figuring it out in the beginning, but I now find it relatively easy to operate. I have had no problems with this unit freezing up.

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