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Boss BR-600 8-Track Digital Recorder

Like the Boy Scouts famously advise, Be Prepared with the Boss BR-600 digital recorder. The BR-600 is a multi-track recorder, guitar effects processor and drum machine built into one compact package. (155) Read 10 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Let's be honest with ourselves, friends, we don't get to decide when inspiration hits. Although we'd all love to believe we can lock ourselves in a room for 5 hours and emerge with the next Born To Run, more often than not, the idea for our next opus comes while sitting at the car wash. Or in the bathroom. Or on vacation. All we can do is keep our guitar close, our minds open and the Boss BR-600 within reach.

The BR-600 is a multi-track recorder, powerful guitar effects processor and intuitive drum machine built into one ultra-sleek, portable package.

Multi-Track Recorder

There are two ways two record with the Boss BR-600, you can use the built-in stereo condenser microphones or hook up your favorite external mics via the two balanced 1/4" inputs. Boss even took the liberty to include an XLR to 1/4" TRS adapter cable, because they're so thoughtful like that. After you've selected a method to your miking, you've got 8 simultaneous playback tracks and a whopping 64-total tracks with which to work your magic. When you're all done, hook the unit up to your computer's USB port to back up your entire machine or export individual tracks as .wav files. This way, your songwriter friend in Luxembourg can send you a song he's been working on, you can load it into your BR-600, lay down a few solo takes and send them each back to him...regardless of the recording software he uses. Brilliant.

Guitar Effects Processor

The BR-600 comes complete with Boss' famous COSM modeling (Composite Object Sound Modeling) which means it's got a full guitar processor built right into the unit. Does your track call for a clean acoustic tone or smooth jazz timbre? Maybe you need a gritty rock sound or a face-melting solo tone...built-in COSM modeling means you have access to a wide variety of sound types at all times. Layer a blazing heavy-gain solo over a clean rhythm guitar track or use the modeling to simulate a funky bass line and create your own accompaniment.

Drum Machine

The good folks at Boss were kind enough to build a full 12-button drum trigger set right into the BR-600. With 327 different drum patterns and 8 different drum sets you've got a whole range of accompaniment possibilities at your fingertips. And, because they're velocity-sensitive, the harder you hit a pad, the louder the drum sounds making it even easier to accurately mimic real drum sounds.

The BR-600 comes with a 128MB flash card, an XLR to 1/4" TRS cable, a stylin' carrying case and AA batteries that will power the BR-600 for around 6 hours.

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Tracks: 8 tracks, 64 V-Tracks (8 V-Tracks per each track). Up to 2 tracks can be recorded simultaneously, and up to 8 tracks can be played back simultaneously.

Maximum capacity: CompactFlash: 1 G bytes

Data type: HiFi (MT2), STANDARD (LV1), LONG (LV2)

Sample rate: 44.1kHz

Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+1/-3 dBu)

Nominal input level (variable): GUITAR/BASS jack: -20 dBu, MIC (TRS balanced/XLR) jack: -40 dBu, LINE IN jack: -10 dBu

Input impedance: GUITAR/BASS jack: 1 M ohms, MIC 1/2 jack: 2 k ohms (HOT-COLD), (TRS balanced/XLR), 1.0 k ohms (HOT-GND, COLD-GND), LINE IN jack: 30 k ohms

Nominal output level: LINE OUT jack: -10 dBu

Output impedance: LINE OUT jack: 2 k ohms, Headphone jack: 140 ohms

Recommended load impedance: LINE OUT jack: 20 k ohms or greater, Headphone jack: 32-100 ohms

Residual noise level: LINE OUT jack: -85 dBu or less (INPUT SELECT: GUITAR/MIC, input terminated with 1 k ohms, INPUT SENS: CENTER, IHF-A, typ., EFFECT: OFF)

Interface: USB Connector

Display: 16 Characters x 2 Lines (Backlit LCD)

Connectors: GUITAR/BASS jack (1/4 inch phone type), MIC 1 jacks ( TRS balanced 1/4 inch phone type), MIC 2 jacks (TRS balanced 1/4 inch phone type), LINE IN jack (Stereo miniature phone type), LINE OUT jack (RCA Phono type), FOOT SW/EXP PEDAL jack (1/4 inch phone type), PHONES jack (Stereo 1/4 inch phone type), USB connector

Current draw: 200 mA, Alkaline dry cell batteries, Approximately 5 hours (with continuous playback of 8 tracks), May vary according to usage conditions, batteries used, and type of CompactFlash used.

Included Accessories: Soft Case, Size AA alkaline dry cell batteries (6), TRS-XLR converter cable, Demo Card (Already inserted when the BR-600 is shipped), Owner's Manual, Separate sheet (About Memory Cards etc.), Roland Service (information sheet)

Optional: AC Adaptor: PSA series, Foot Switch: FS-5U, Pedal Switch: DP-2 (Roland), Expression Pedal: EV-5 (Roland), FV-300L/FV-500L/FV-500H

Size and Weight
Width: 257 mm; 10-1/8 in.

Depth: 183 mm; 7-1/4 in.

Height: 27 mm; 1-1/8 in.

Weight: 0.7 kg; 1 lbs. 9 oz. (excluding batteries)

Power Supply: 6 x AA Battery (Included) or 9VDC "PSA Series" AC Adapter (Not Included)

Product Description

BOSS has a long, celebrated history as the world's premier compact-effects manufacturer, but now the BOSS brand has become synonymous with portable digital recording as well. The latest arrival in the BOSS recording line, the BR-600, is bound to raise BOSS's recording profile even higher. Meet the most physically streamlined, feature-rich eight-track studio on the market.

Features

- 8 simultaneous playback tracks, 64 V-Tracks
- CompactFlash memory card slot for storing recording media; 128MB card included
- Built-in FX processor, including pitch corrector and COSM amp models
- Built-in drum-machine with velocity-sensitive pads
- Built-in stereo mic and battery power to record anywhere
- USB for data transfer/computer connectivity
- Portable and ultra slim: 257 x 182 x 23mm
- Carrying case and XLR-to-1/4 in. mic cable included

8 Tracks & Beyond
The BR-600 provides eight simultaneous playback tracks, but there's more to this recorder than meets the eye. Each of the eight tracks also contains eight V-Tracks (virtual tracks), which gives you quick access to 64 tracks of recorded material. Record dozens of takes, then choose your favorites for mixdown.

BOSS FX
Sweeten your tracks with the powerful effects built into the BR-600. Derived from BOSS high-end recorders, these quality algorithms can give even the dullest tracks maximum impact. Fix mistakes and master your mixes. Included in the effects suite: COSM guitar and bass amp models plus chorus, delay, reverb, and EQ for every channel. Pitch correction is provided as well.

Drum Machine Onboard
Need drums? The BR-600 has a drum machine built in. Assemble your perfect backing track from nearly 300 high-quality drum patterns built in, or program your own from the velocity-sensitive pads. Rock, pop, blues, country, R&B, Latin, and more - choose your style and you're instantly groovin'.

Field Recording
Wherever you go, the ultra-portable BR-600 is ready to record. It can operate on six AA batteries, for starters, so you don't have to sweat the AC connection. Best of all, a quality stereo microphone is built in, so you can point and capture audio on the spot, quickly and easily. Whether you're recording band rehearsals, capturing ambient sounds, or you name it, the BR-600 is all you need to get the job done with zero hassle.

CompactFlash
The BR-600 records its CD-quality digital audio direct to Compact Flash, the international standard for reliable, portable storage. A removable 128MB CF card is included, which provides approximately 65 minutes of recording time (one mono track). You can easily expand your recording time by purchasing optional CF cards.
Customer Reviews
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Sound: I've used all sorts of processors from higher end Line 6 units to Digitech units and I have to say, the sound quality of this thing is pretty amazing. It seems like some of the presets are a bit cheesy, but thats not totally fair to say, because some people want to sound like 70's rock, and still others want that cheesy 80's metal lead sound. Whatever your preference, this thing has it all. For professional integrity, you still need to have a real, quality amp and all but for capturing those ideas on the fly and even for good quality demo recordings, you can't go wrong here. Feature: One major complaint is that when you pay over 200 dollars for something, it should come with AC power included, rather than making you pay another 20 bucks to get an adapter. With that said, there is really no end to what is capable of happening with the br-600; it has mastering tools and fully programmable rhythm arrangements, and it's perfect for getting your ideas down. A lot of people on other sites have complained that it only comes with a 128mb card in it, but considering I'm only using it to build ideas, and then transfer those ideas to the pc, 128 is more than adequate, so I don't see any need to go spend more money on a card, because we do all of our real recording in a studio, where the space allotted for media storage isn't my problem. Ease of Use: I'm not going to say this thing is totally easy to use, but it could be a lot less intuitive, thats for sure. On the other hand, don't lose the manual, because you will be needing it, a lot. At least you'll need it a lot if you're like me and you're used to looking at actual waveforms on a computer screen, there is going to be an adjustment period because you'll feel totally blind at first. You get used to it pretty quickly, but considering the manual is almost as thick as the unit itself, theres always a lot more to learn. Quality: The product is very sturdy and seems reliable to the hilt. It's expensive so you'll want to be pretty careful anyway, but it's much better quality than lots of more expensive models I've used, like the Fostex and Tascam units. Value: This unit has everything you need, and at this price, you're wasting your time if you're trying to find a better deal. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed it. The Wow Factor: Whats not to like? Overall: I don't think I'll be needing anything else until Boss outdoes themselves. They've come out with other models since this, but nothing with as many features for such a crazy cheap price tag.
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Boss BR-600 8-Track Customer Review
Sound: The sound actually impressed me quality wise. Although the guitar effects are kinda cheese but you can tweak them to get decent tones. So far its a really good deal for making demos or getting that idea down. Feature: well i am little upset it didn't come with a USB cable but I have one handy anyways. the actual feature in the unit itself are quite impressive such as effects, rythm arrangemnts and patterns so its super easy to make up cool riffs when u lack a drummer. Hey if you don't have cash for a microphone...WHO CARES!!! it has one built in which works very well...i was so blown away by the quality of this feature....all you need is some batteries(which are included) and yourself and u can make amazing music in no time Ease of Use: so easy to use. i read a review that said it took a guy 2 hours till he was recording. i have no experience with workstations and i was recording within 20 minutes not even. the manual is something to have next to you till you get comfortable. i made a full song only utilizing 4 tracks but it sounds amazing in only 15 minutes!!! Quality: oh man when it comes to quality this gets a 10!!! yes i know its made out of plastic but so are cars now adays so relax!! haha....anyways everything on my unit seems to be perfectly fitted and the size of it is so cool its smaller than any of my books(most of them) its so small but it still manages to be of high quality....10!!!!! Value: honestly i paid $450 for mine and i am satisfied. for what it does its completely fine. they way i look at it is....no worries about latency or software bugs so $450 seems to save me alot of headaches and trust me I have used pro tools and other software and its not as easy or less stressful to use than this....amazing value The Wow Factor: the slim cool design is so appealing to me. it just looks like a little silver book and when u turn it on wow its the coolest little tool any musician should have....so portable Overall: buy it....if your reading this. you owe it to yourself...take your time with the product it won't do wonders for you unless you know most of it. trust me i return things all the time and i read the reviews but this thing can really make some cool demos or like i said its great to capture that moment. c'mon whatelse can u say....it has an amazing built in microphone that does wonders if ur strapped for cash and can't get a decent mic....no phantom power!!!! but who cares...i don't the qaulity is good enough that i don't mind
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