Hands-On Review:Digital Recording Studio
Don’t worry. This one won’t bite. The BR-8 is nice and easy to use right out of the box. And it packs a powerful 8-track digital punch. In fact, it offers many of the same technologies as the more expensive desktop digital studios, including 64 virtual tracks, COSM effects processing, and true random access operation (cut, paste, move, undo, etc.). That’s a lot of studio for a friendly price.
The world’s first digital 8-track designed for guitar players
The BR-8 combines Boss’ many years of guitar effects experience with Roland’s acclaimed V-technology to create a digital dream studio for guitarists. Features like a dedicated Hi-Z input and built-in chromatic tuner are designed specifically for guitar. A rhythm guide provides back-up with selectable patterns in rock, jazz, hip-hop, techno, and many other styles. A phrase trainer slows recordings to half-speed without changing the pitch, making it easier to learn guitar licks. The simplified user interface, convenient removable 100MB Zip disks, and special processing and modeling features make this an ideal studio/workstation for every musician.
No experience necessary
The BR-8 is so easy to operate, you can make great recordings without even opening the manual. There are no input mixers, recording busses, or signal routing that winds up in Timbuktu. Recording your first multi-track with the BR-8 is a three-step process: connect your guitar to the BR-8, arm the track, and push record. The BR-8 can even select the optimum effect algorithm for any instrument plugged into any input. Push the effect button, and you’re there. Need a backup? Turn the rhythm guide on, pick a pattern, and cut your first demo. It’s that easy.
Studio effects with COSM modeling
Effects work great with any source: mics, guitars, keyboards, bass – you name it. Up to ten effects can be used simultaneously, including some great guitar and bass amp models. The BR-8’s loop effects can produce everything from lush reverb to jet-stream flange, shimmering chorus, and deep delay. There’s even an individual digital EQ on each track. The BR-8 records two tracks simultaneously and plays back up to eight tracks at once. If you’re into numbers, the BR-8 has them: inside there’s a 24-bit internal processor, 44.1kHz CD-quality sample rate, 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response, and a portable 6 lb., 10 oz. weight.
The BR-8 bottom line
If you play guitar and want to make your own CD-quality recordings but don’t need a big-time digital studio, the BR-8 is for you. If you’re a musician who wants to get in on the digital recording party but you’re intimidated by technological mumbo-jumbo, the BR-8 is for you. It brings strong digital recording capabilities into your home. It’s fun and easy to use. And thanks to Musician’s Friend, the BR-8 is available at the best price you’ll find anywhere.
BR-8 Digital 8-Track Studio
A smart, friendly, and super-affordable 8-track studio! The new BR-8 is the result of combining the Boss expertise in creating user-friendly modules and Roland’s acclaimed V-studio technology. It is extremely simple to operate. It features an icon-based graphic LCD interface that makes negotiating menus easy and intuitive. No routing is required. The BR-8 will select effect algorithms for you that best suit the particular instrument being recorded. It records up to two tracks simultaneously, plays back all eight at once, and the sound quality you get in your finished recordings will be highly rewarding. It is especially guitar player friendly, with its dedicated input, built-in tuner, and COSM-based amp simulations. Just plug in direct and get great tone.
Features & Specs:
- Features a dedicated guitar input
- Uses low-cost, removable 100MB Zip disks
- Self-contained 8-track digital recording studio with 64 Virtual Tracks
- Zip® drive for recording to convenient, inexpensive 100MB Zip disks
- Simplified user interface with graphic LCD makes digital recording very easy
- Diverse effects including COSM guitar and bass amp models and acoustic/bass guitar simulators
- Innovative Rhythm Guide with various built-in patterns for building a rhythm track
- Built-in chromatic tuner and dedicated Hi-Z guitar input
- Phrase Trainer slows down recordings to half-speed for learning guitar licks
- Optical digital output for connecting to digital devices such as DAT or MD