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Fostex MR-8HD CD 8-Track Recorder with CDR   

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The MR-8HD CD is one of the easiest to use digital multitracks ever”if you can operate a tape recorder, you'll be recording and multitracking within ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Capture your inspiration without the hassles.

The MR-8HD CD is one of the easiest to use digital multitracks ever”if you can operate a tape recorder, you'll be recording and multitracking within minutes of opening the box. All the essential controls are right where you need them with no confusing menus to wade through. You turn real knobs and slide real faders. It has four-track simultaneous record with mic and guitar amp simulation, reverb, delay, and mastering effects.

The MR8-HD CD features 4 balanced XLR/1/4" jack inputs with phantom power. You can record up to 8 tracks at a time at 16-bit/44.1kHz”uncompressed CD quality”to the internal hard drive, then master and bounce all 8 tracks and record some more. Each dual mic/line input has it's own level control and clip LED. There's a dedicated guitar input with its own analog distortion and control on channel one. All channels feature a 45mm volume fader and dedicated controls for pan and external FX send.The USB interface and the WAV file recording make it a snap to transfer recordings to/from a PC for further editing or CD duplication.

FEATURES
  • Recording to 40GB internal 3.5" HD offering more than 15 hours 8-track recording with CD quality (16bit / 44.1kHz)
  • 4-track simultaneous recording
  • Phantom power on all the four XLR inputs
  • Simple and intuitive operational environment inherited from MR-8 with the new push-dial button for easier menu operation
  • Full-track (8-track) bouncing to a New Song (track 7/8)
  • 128 x 64 dot LCD with comprehensive indication
  • Industry-first FAT32 disk format and WAV file recording in the HD multitrack recorder of this class; PC-friendly advantage
  • USB port for stereo WAV file transfer to and from PC allowing the full access to the whole HD from PC
  • Free "WAV Manager" software available for multiple mono files transfer to and from PC
  • S/PDIF Digital Out for digital mastering on an external MD, CD recorder, etc.
  • Built-in digital effects including Reverb, Delay as well as Guitar Amp and Microphone simulations
  • Analog Guitar Distortion with the dedicated knob
  • Twin headphones Outs
SPECIFICATIONS

MR-8HD CD 8-Track Recorder with CDR

  • RECORDING/REPRODUCTION
    Recording medium 3.5 inch, hard disk (E-IDE type)
    Approx. Recording Time 943 minutes (8-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 Tracks 8 tracks maximum
    No. of Simultaneous Rec. 4 tracks
    Recording/Reproduction Frequency 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    Dynamic Range 88dB or more (typical)
    T.H.D. 0.05% 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)
    - 40k ohm or more (LINE/UNBAL)
    - 500k ohm or more (GUITAR/UNBAL)

    Stereo Out (L,R)
    Connector- ¸ 6mm stereo phone
    Output Level- -10dBV (unbalance)
    Load Impedance- 10k ohm or more

    Headphones
    Connector- 2 x ¸ 6mm stereo phone
    Max Output- 20mW 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
    Level- IEC 60958 (S/P DIF) 44.1kHz
    Digital Out Connector- B type (data save/load controlled from PC)

    General Dimensions312(W) x 264(D) x 88(H) mm
    Weight Approx. 3 kgs
    Power Requirement: 100V - 230V, 50/60Hz
    Power Consumption: 14W
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3.9

(based on 13 reviews)

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Good Things Come in Small Packages

I purchased this product to do some demo tracks for my band because I was tired of waiting for studio time and thought we would try to record on our own. Well let me...Read complete review

I purchased this product to do some demo tracks for my band because I was tired of waiting for studio time and thought we would try to record on our own. Well let me tell you that this unit coupled with a good tube pre-amp and studio condenser mike are fantastic. When you have folks who know how to play and record, you can get some real fine results. I mean better than some large studios where you are always competing for time and have some person controlling the board with their own ideas. I am getting some GREAT professional sounding tracks and it is easy to use. You can even write to a CD without transfer to a computer. It has a few limitations like no EQ and a strange external effect send input into one channel, but it still sounds great and works well. Best of all, the price was right.

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Good Digital Recorder...Cumbersome Data Transfer

I purchased this recorder to record church services. It does that well. I had hoped to use the recorders internal drive to archive the services before leaving church. However, most often, the...Read complete review

I purchased this recorder to record church services. It does that well. I had hoped to use the recorders internal drive to archive the services before leaving church. However, most often, the services or programs are longer than the 78 minutes available on a CD. I more often download the data from the recorder to my laptop and do not use the CD recorder. Also, the USB device port on the recorder is very unstable. It works, but I often have to attempt several connections before being successful. I think I bought too much recorder for my intended use. The Mark 8 recorder with the removable CF card is probably all the recorder I need. Note: I received a Zoom H2 recorder as a Christmas gift. It is a great flexible little recorder. I think the record quality on this unit is better than the Fostex.

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5.0

Good Things Come in Small Packages

By theteachersnj

from New York/New Jersey

I purchased this product to do some demo tracks for my band because I was tired of waiting for studio time and thought we would try to record on our own. Well let me tell you that this unit coupled with a good tube pre-amp and studio condenser mike are fantastic. When you have folks who know how to play and record, you can get some real fine results. I mean better than some large studios where you are always competing for time and have some person controlling the board with their own ideas. I am getting some GREAT professional sounding tracks and it is easy to use. You can even write to a CD without transfer to a computer. It has a few limitations like no EQ and a strange external effect send input into one channel, but it still sounds great and works well. Best of all, the price was right.

 
3.0

Not impressed with features

By meatcleaver

from Texas

Purchased this recorder after much deliberation. Two friends of mine own the Fostex VFX-80 & VFX-160, & have been pleased with their performance. If you are looking for a digital multi-tracker with great effects... this ain't it!

 
5.0

Overwhelmed at first but.....

By Strongongdong

from St. Bernard, La.

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I was freaking out when I first tried to read the manual( I think the space shuttle has a smaller manual) but after going to Fostex message boards and getting tips for other owners I was recording in no time.This thing is killer! I'm having alot of fun with it, sounds excellent! I got the Black one.

 
4.0

Nice little unit!

By RockinRevRan

from Ocala, Florida

I have had 3 or 4 recorders in the past few years, looking for something thats portable yet powerful. This unit is both! It's by far the easiest to operate, hardly ever looked at the manual. There is however one MAJOR problem I have with it. It has no EQ's per channel!!!! What were they thinking? You can use an external board going down (there went portable) but mixing down, specialy with vocals, EQ is a must! If they would as much as put a single Tone knob on each channel that would be a great inprovment. I love everything else about this unit. Being a vocalist, I really miss having EQ in mix down. Mostly with back ground voc's.

 
5.0

small problem

By brad-oKGZo

from chico, ca

I bought this unit a few weeks ago. The only problem I have had so far is the second earphone jack shorts out when pushed all the way in! You have to push it in and then pull the plug half way out to make sure it connects. This could be a real problem while recording if the plug comes loose...

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3.0

Good Digital Recorder...Cumbersome Data Transfer

By Bob-gglfj

from Tidewater, Va.

I purchased this recorder to record church services. It does that well. I had hoped to use the recorders internal drive to archive the services before leaving church. However, most often, the services or programs are longer than the 78 minutes available on a CD. I more often download the data from the recorder to my laptop and do not use the CD recorder. Also, the USB device port on the recorder is very unstable. It works, but I often have to attempt several connections before being successful. I think I bought too much recorder for my intended use. The Mark 8 recorder with the removable CF card is probably all the recorder I need. Note: I received a Zoom H2 recorder as a Christmas gift. It is a great flexible little recorder. I think the record quality on this unit is better than the Fostex.

 
5.0

Read the Instructions!

By Where's My Mule?

from Second City

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You really need to spend time with the manual on this unit if you want it to work to its highest capabilities. Many fo the negative comments noted here are a result of people not reading the manual. For instance the "annoying clicking metronome" can easily be turned off. It's a great compact unit that burns CDS - it's got everything you need. Perhaps it isn't as intuitive and easy to "quickstart" as it should be - hence the big manual, but it works great with a little work.

 
5.0

It doesn't get any better than this

By TheRicman

from Undisclosed

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I bought this after owning a Boss 8 track recorder for over a year and never figuring out how to operate it. This advertised that it was both quality and easy operation and they did not lie. Even a non computer genius like myself can get this thing recording professional quality demos with hardly any prep time. It actually talks to you in a language that you can understand and the quality is superb even when compared to more expensive units. It transfers to its own built in CD burner without difficulty and you can be playing your own recordings in your car the same day you record them. Where has this thing been all my life? If you are like me it is an absolute must have.

 
4.0

Great Fun Gadget

By Larry-qnGuS

from Minnesota

I bought this for fooling around with on Friday nights with my bluegrass pickin' buddies. It is a good value for our purpose. It is very portable. We are using it as a learning tool for making recordings just for fun. It has all the effects we need for our purposes. We have made some pretty professional sounding recordings with it. I have found no defects in the electronics or hard drive. My only complaint is that after bouncing vocals 5 or 6 times I start to get some buzz in the sound. So we are learning how to get our best sound from the second or at the most third bounce.

 
3.0

Good for getting your feet wet.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I purchased this product about 6 months ago. It is good for getting started, but if you're serious about recording, go for something better. My biggest compliant is the hard-drive failure. about 50% of the time, after you're done recording, the thing will freeze up and lose what you just recorded. It gets old, and makes for a LONG afternoon. The mastering effects are lame and very limited. After using this product, I am convinced that using recording PROGRAMS is the best way to go. The metronome is really annoying to boot. its like nails on a chalk board.

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