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Fostex MR8HD 8-Track Hard Disk Recorder

40GB internal hard drive. (118) Read 12 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The new MR-8HD offers recording to 40GB an internal 3.5 in. hard drive. It offers more than 15 hours of 8-track recording with CD quality (16 bit/44.1kHz). Up to 4 tracks can be recorded simultaneously. A new push-dial button makes for easier menu operation.

Features:
Recording to 40GB internal 3.5 in. HD offering more than 15 hours 8-track recording with CD quality (16-bit / 44.1kHz)

4-track simultaneous recording

Phantom power on all the 4 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/P DIF 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

Silver and black colored top panel identical to the latest VF-series

USB Host function ready for CD burning on an off-the-shelf external CD-R drive (to be nominated) by future software update in late 2005

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Fostex products.
Recording Medium: .5 in., 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)

Analog In (4ch) Connector: XLR-3-31 type (Pin2:hot) and 6mm TRS phone

Analog Input Level: - 48dBV (MIC) - +4dBV (LINE)

Analog 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

Stereo Output Level: -10dBV (unbalance)

Stereo Out Load Impedance: 10k ohm or more

Headphones Connector: 2 x 6mm stereo phone

Headphones Max Output: 20mW or more (@32 ohm)

Headphones Load Impedance: 16 ohm or more

MIDI Out Connector: DIN 5 Pin

MIDI Out Format: MIDI Standard

Foot Switch Connector: 6mm phone

Foot Switch Level: TTL Level

Digital Out Connector: Optical

Digital Out Level: IEC 60958 (S/P DIF) 44.1kHz

Digital Out Connector: B type (data save/load controlled from PC)

Dimensions: 312(W) x 264(D) x 88(H) mm

Weight: Approx. 3 kgs

Power Requirement: 100V - 230V, 50/60Hz

Power Consumption: 14W
Fostex Warranty ´╗┐Fostex offers a warranty of 1 year for parts and 90 days labor.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-994-4984
Customer Reviews
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"Great home recording, easy to use - BUT, no customer support if you need help"
Sound: We are acheiving reasonably good recordings usings good quality pickups in our guitars, vocals with SM58's and keyboards. Watch your trim, make sure that you have the pickups at about mid level. Feature: I like the mastering effects that you can add while you're mixing. Also good reverb. With dynamic voices, you may want to use a vocal compressor/preamp. Ease of Use: At the recording and mixing level, this product is easy to use. If you make the stereo wave files on the Fostex, and then just put the finished product on your computer, life is good. LOTS OF PROBLEMS when you try to archive tracks on your computer, and then try to import them back on the Fostex. This is a feature that has been a nightmare for us. Quality: we've had ours for about 6 months, and it seems durable and well made. We transport it frequently in the box that it came in. Value: The item works well and is pretty good for what you pay, except for the COMPLETE LACK OF SUPPORT. Manufacturer Support: Assume NO CUSTOMER SUPPORT. No 800 line. When you go on their site, you can fill in something that one would think leads to a person who will help you. What you get is an autoresponder email with links to the manual. It doesn't matter what you ask, this IS their idea of customer support. I repeat - THERE IS NO CUSTOMER SUPPORT. NOTHING. NADA. ZIP. I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH. The Wow Factor: I'm happy with the product generally. It's pretty cool, it's easy to use, it's a hit at parties. go to www.myspace.com/flambeandgasolina to hear a couple of songs done in the livingroom in one take. Overall: I like using it. It's pretty intuitive. I expect to use it happily for a long time, but will probably have to learn Cakewalk or something to suppliment it. I wish I had known a couple of things. If you're layering, the hard drive is only going to hold about 6 songs. Transferring files onto it from the computer is a nightmare. And.... THERE IS NO CUSTOMER SUPPORT WHEN THINGS GO WRONG. You just have to figure it out yourself, or find someone on line who has had the same problem and has figured it out.
Style of Music: Folk/rock/jazz fusion
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"Great recorder for under $400"
Sound: The quality of the sound is crystal clear. There is a slight HDD whine if you listen closely, but since all inputs are remove mics, inst or line-ins .. it's not an issue Feature: The features are pretty good at such a price point. 4 tracks simultanous, each with their own trim posts. 48v phantom power on all mics too. Input A is setup for a guitar input with a switch in the back for guitar /mic. Setup for guitar, you have 3 amp models and distortion control. Other effects are "hall" effects for ambiance as well as direct reverb/delay controls for customization. THE ONE DOWNSIDE: When you are recording 1 track at a time, you are forced to only use the Input-A. You can not route Input-B thru Input-D to a single track as they are only live when doing simultaneous track recording. So, if you are recording different instruments, you have to unplug the previous source and plug in the new one into Input-A. I think this is a pain. If you have 4 sources, IMO you should be able to patch any input into any single track. I've emailed this suggestion to the company. The good news that they can provide new firmware updates and you can install thru USB. Quality: Seems solid. Value: 4 tracks at the same time, 40GB HDD with a $399 street price. Manufacturer Support: I did email the track routing suggestion and got the obligatory "I'll send it to the engineers in Japan". It would have been nice to receive a more personal note. The Wow Factor: It's nicely designed and appears to be a professional product. Overall: Overall, I think it's a great deal.
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