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Zoom MRS802BCD MultiTrak Recording Studio with CDR/RW

8 tracks. Drum machine. Effects. 40 GB hard drive. CD-R/RW drive. (191) Read 14 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Just in case you thought the ZOOM guys forgot about you creative types that are long on talent but a little short on cash--WE GOTCHA COVERED!!! The new ZOOM MRS802 Series Hard Disk Recorders put 8 tracks of Hard Drive recording in your hands and still leave you some cash for gas. The MRS-802 features 8 recording tracks with 10 virtual takes per track (2 channels simultaneous recording), 24-bit converters/44.1 sampling rate, 120 hours of recording time on a huge 40GB internal hard drive, 190 editable guitar-vocal-and mastering effects, a fully programmable drum machine with ZOOM's exclusive "FAST" song programmer and 43 drum kits loaded with hundreds of studio quality drum and percussion sounds. Both of the 802's two input channels provide an XLR balanced mic and 1/4 in. unbalanced input, switchable 48volt phantom power for condenser mics, one 1/4 in. guitar/bass input, front panel headphone output with volume control, MIDI I/O for external sync or to import SMFs to control the drum machine, Scrub/Preview function for super easy editing and punch In/Punch Out, automated "Scene" recall (100 scenes per song) for easy song setup, a "Loop" function to create phrase loops and Time Stretch/Compression for matching loops with different BPM, and a large easy-to-read backlit LCD screen with full metering. The optional USB-2 interface comes complete with Audio File Manager software (Windows and MAC OS) for linking with DAW software and importing or exporting data in WAV/AIFF formats. The MRS-802CD with built-in CD-R/RW burner allows you to create CD's in either multi-track or "Album" format.

Features:
8 digital recording tracks

10 virtual takes per track

40 GB Hard Drive

Programmable drum machine

Extensive bank of effects for instruments, vocals and mixing

CD-R/RW drive for recording, back-up and importing samples.

The MRS-802CD has 2-track simultaneous input capability. 2 mono tracks can be linked to make stereo channels. It has 1/4 in. and XLR inputs (balanced and unbalanced) with 48V phantom power, as well as MIDI in and out, and RCA outputs.

The MS-802CD has a full range of non-linear editing capabilities, including cut and paste, copy, move, reverse direction play and time stretch/compress--all the effects of Zoom's more expensive models.

These editing functions also help out with the sampling and looping functions the MRS-802CD offers. You can import and edit samples and loops using the CD-R/RW or the optional USB interface to import audio files.

The 802CD is loaded with hundreds of pre-recorded beats, and each one can be edited and re-saved. There are more than 400 drum and percussion sounds built-in, including 43 different drum kits, each with 24 different sounds. Use the drum machine as a rhythm tool for timing, or compose complex rhythm tracks for your songs using Zoom's FAST(TM) programming system.

The MRS-802CD has a huge palette of killer effects for guitars, instruments and vocals. 280 pre-programmed and editable effects "patches" are available at the inputs, and 40 send/return effects patches are available for mixing and mastering.

Every track has editable track parameters that include: EQ high, EQ low, pan, chorus, delay, reverb. These functions are also automated, allowing the user to make automatic changes on any given track mid-song. Parameter settings are saved as "scenes". Users can save up to 100 scenes per song/project.

Once the user has finished mixing, they can master it to the stereo master channel, use the CD-R/RW drive to burn a CD player-ready disc, and they are ready to take it out the car for an audition. If several projects are completed, a complete album can be sequenced and copied to a CD-R.

New to version 2.x
40 Gig Harddrive
Version 2.0 comes standard with a 40GB hard drive. In non-compressed 16-bit linear / 44.1 kHz sampling frequency format, this translates into 120 hours of high-quality recording.

MTC send support
In addition to the Timing Clock transmission offered by the MRS-802 Version 1.x model, the MRS-802 Version 2.0 can also output MIDI Time Code (MTC) messages.
Whereas the conventional Timing Clock signal is based on tempo information set internally by the MRS-802, the MTC specifies the current position in hours/minutes/seconds/frames, representing absolute time information. This assures more stable operation compared to Timing Clock and allows the tempo to be freely set or changed at the receiving device.

Continuous playback of multiple projects
By entering the master tracks of multiple projects in a playlist, these can be played automatically in succession. This is useful to record several projects in one go on an external recorder or to create automatic accompaniment for a number of songs. Because the playlist information can be used when creating an album for burning a CD, you can check the song sequence before deciding on the final content of the album.

Support for Disk-At-Once burning
In addition to the track-at-once method which inserts blank gaps between tracks on an audio CD, the MRS-802 Version 2.0 also supports the disc-at-once method which writes tracks continuously without gaps.
Using disc-at-once, it is easy to create a non-stop CD with seamless content. You can also divide one project into several tracks and write the result to an audio CD. This makes it possible to create a CD of a continuous live performance which still allows jumping back and forth to specific songs.

Display Master Fader
When playing an audio CD or a playlist using the sequence play function, the [MASTER] fader settings are shown on the display while the fader is being operated to adjust the volume. The value appears automatically on the display as soon as the [MASTER] fader is moved, and the original display appears again after the adjustment is finished.

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Recorder
Physical Track: 8

Virtual Track: 80 (10Virtual takes / track)

Master Track: 2 tracks (stereo) x 10V-takes

Drum Track: 2 tracks (stereo)

Simultaneous Recording: 2 tracks

Recording Data Format: 16 bit linear with No compression

Recording Time: 120 hours (referred to mono tracks)

Marker: 100 / projects

Locater: Scrub / Preview, A-B repeat

Location Display: Hour / Min. / Sec. / msec. or Meas. / Beat / Tick

Track Edit: Copy, Move, Erase, Exchange, Bounce, Trim, Fade in/out, Reverse, Capture / Swap, Time Stretch / Compression

Punch In/Out: Auto / Manual

Phrase Loop: 100 phrase / project

Mixer
Input Channel: 12 channels (10 tracks + 2 inputs)

Simultaneous playback: 10 tracks (8 audio + stereo drum)

Scene Memory: 100 scenes / project (Linkable to marker)

Fader: 10 (1-8 mono, Drum, Stereo Master)

Level Meter: 10 segments x 13 bar (Pre / Post fader selectable)

Track Parameter: Equalizer, Effect send, Pan (Balance at stereo link)

Equalizer:
High (f: 500Hz - 18kHz, Gain:
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-784-2200
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "ZOOM MRS802 8 tracks, killer effects and a drum machine. Why you're gonna love it!"
Sound: The sound is pretty damn impressive! Is it the best I've heard? No, but then it doesn't cost $2,000.00. Sure there are better sounding units on the market. Yamaha AW4416, Tascam 2488, ADAT HD24, etc. But they a lot more money than the MRS802. Feature: The display on this unit is superb! Easy to read, backlit design, adjustable contrast. It just looks super when it lights up. Why the other manufacturers don't use a similar display is beyond me. Yamaha's displays pale by comparison. Even on their expensive models. All the buttons, switches, knobs, sliders, jog wheel, etc. feel sturdy and well made. The unit itself is very hefty when you lift it out of the box. It has a solid 3/8ths of inch heavy metal bottom. It's obvious ZOOM wanted to anchor all the electronics to something other than cheap plastic. Everything on this unit has a purpose and is well laid out. Although I did study the manual, I am certain I could have started using it almost immediately because of its logical layout. As a matter of fact that's what first interested me in the MRS802. The layout and design are much easier to understand than comparable units. Things I wish it had? An USB connection in addition to the CD recorder would be nice. A slightly larger display. A digital interface so I can transfer or receive files from other recorders. Including Alesis (ADAT), Tascam and Yamaha. (ADAT light pipe, USB and SPDIF). Quality: This product is well made. The finish, the fit, everything just tells you that a lot of thought and consideration went into producing the MRS802. The finish is perfect. I'm also not at all worried that it's going to break or develop problems. Barring an accident, it should last for a very long time. If I was going to take it out on the road. I would get a flight case. But it's portability is such that I feel I could carry it around without worrying about damaging it. That being said, I'm reasonably careful with my stuff. If you are too. I don't see any reason you couldn't haul it to a friend's house to do some recording. Value: In my humble opinion, the MRS802 just kills everything in it's price range (well under $1,000.00). Everything from the features, the construction, the ease of use, the portability, the easy to read manual and the display just speaks loads about ZOOM's commitment to producing high quality products. Watch out Yamaha, Alesis and Tascam, if these guys get any better you're in trouble. Simply an outstanding value! Manufacturer Support: Haven't had a chance to deal with the company. This thing is so well made I doubt that I'll have too. I've thought about contacting them on how to go about changing the hard drive to something larger. Say a 80 gigabyte drive. (Talk about HUGE!) But I actually think I could do it without even talking to them. The manual is fairly clear and concise on how to reformat the drive and reinstall the software. Since the hard drive is basically just an R&R operation. I'm certain I could pull it off without a hitch as long as there isn't some restriction in the software that wouldn't allow me to do it. The manual doesn't mention anything about replacing and/or upgrading the drive. But there's no reasonable reason to think that it couldn't be done. I'll get back to you on that in a few months. The Wow Factor: The color, layout and design just shout PROFESSIONAL! The overall impression (sex appeal) of this product is superb. From the time you take it out of the box you're gonna feel like, "Hey, this thing doesn't feel like a toy?" And you're going to be right. The smooth finish, great display and quality is just so evident that you'll be wondering how the hell can they sell something like this for that price? 10 years ago this would have cost 7 to 10 thousand dollars. Now it's well under $1,000.00. Incredible. Overall: I expect to have this for a very long time. Even when I eventually go to something "better." I will probably still keep this around for recording those late night sessions I have with friends or for use as a scratch pad for my song writing. One day, ZOOM or someone else will come out with a 24 track, 96 bit, machine for under $1,000.00. When that day arrives I will more than likely upgrade. (Don't laugh, we are already knocking on that door.) Before buying the ZOOM MRS802 I considered the following recorders: Fostex MR8 (Cost of compact flash cards too much $$, poor quality on board effects) Fostex VF08 (Not a true 8 track machine) Fostex VF160 (Somewhat steep learning curve, not as easy to use as the MRS802.) Yamaha AW4416 (More than twice the price, great quality though.) Tascam 2488 (Again more than twice the price but again a steep learning curve.) Alesis ADAT HD24 (Super sound, just required too much additional equipment to get me where I wanted to go. Plus portability was an important issue to me.) I had it within my budget to purchase everything listed above but the ADAT HD24. I finally decided on the MRS802 because of its ease of use, quality, portability, design, good sound and bargain price. It simply met all of my goals in one unit. If it got lost or stolen I would replace it immediately with the same or similar ZOOM unit. Before buying, it's important to remember that this unit only has two inputs and a high impedance input which is shared with input 1. What do I like the least about it? I wish it had 16 tracks. I also wish it had four inputs not two, an ADAT light pipe, a USB connection and SPDIF (Sony Phillips Digital Interface. Put all that in the next unit and I'll immediately upgrade to the 16 track version. But considering the price these are all very minor complaints.
Style of Music: Country, Rock, Folk, America, James Taylor, CSNY, Doobie Brothers, etc.
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Sound: I don't understand the "tech-geek" reviewers that don't like the sound. It is phenomenal!! I have yet to find an effect I don't like. At times you have to adjust the input/record levels when switching effects, but so what?! This recorder sounds superb! I guess some folks don't like the 802's sounds because it mimicks their "talent" too accurately! Feature: I honestly can't think of a feature missing from this unit that is stifling my creativity at all. I record: by myself; one track at a time; and have several projects going on at the same time. This item seems to be especially catered to my brand of music production. Quality: Top Quality! Value: 20 years ago, you would have had to spend $8,000.00 plus to get a set-up that STILL didn't produce something this clean. Manufacturer Support: I haven't dealt with the Zoom folks at all, yet - haven't needed to. zZounds have been great to do business with, though. The Wow Factor: Attractive, user-friendly, the Heart & Brains (& Soul) of my recording studio. Overall: There's no doubt I would replace it if something happened to it. I am VERY impressed with the Zoom MRS802CD, even after owning it for several months. Usually, I'm quickly discovering all the "limi- tations" in a recording product, but not with this unit. I'm also impressed with zZounds service, and am looking forward to dealing with them in the future.
Style of Music: Rock, Pop, Country
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