Boss BR1180CD Digital Recording Studio with Internal CD-R Drive

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10-track. 20GB hard drive. CD-R drive.

Boss is proud to announce the BR-1180 and 1180CD Digital Recording Studio. The BR-1180 Digital Recording Studio takes Boss's "manual shmanual" concept to the next level. This powerful digital studio gives you 8 playback tracks, a stereo Master Track, and 80 Virtual Tracks for recording. There's also a 20GB hard drive and an internal CD-RW drive to burn your music to CD. And with killer Boss effects and a separate Rhythm Track with sampled drum sounds, there's nothing you can't do.

Self-contained 10-track digital recording studio with stereo Master Track and 80 Virtual Tracks

20GB hard drive; Supports linear recording in addition to other modes

Built-in CD-RW drive (BR-1180CD), or optional upgrade (user-installable) for BR-1180

Easy icon-based interface simplifies recording, bouncing, and mixing

New!Massive 80-Track Recording
The BR-1180 provides 10 primary tracks for recording and playback. This includes a new stereo Master Track which can be used for easier mixdowns and bouncing. Since each of these primary tracks contains 8 Virtual Tracks, there are a total of 80 recording tracks available. And with a 20GB internal hard drive, you'll have plenty of recording time, whether you choose one of the BR-1180's space-saving recording modes or the new linear recording option.

Feel the Burn with a CD-R/RW Drive
If you want to burn CDs, simply choose the BR-1180CD with a CD-R/RW drive built-in. But even if you buy the standard BR-1180 model, you can easily upgrade read more it to a BR-1180CD later by purchasing an optional CD-R/RW kit. This internal drive can be user-installed in minutes. Now you can burn audio CDs and back up the internal hard drive at blazing speeds.

Onboard COSM Effects and Mastering Tools
With the BR-1180, there's no need for noisy external effects. Whether recording a microphone, guitar, or keyboard, you'll find exactly what you need. The BR-1180 is so smart, it even selects the effect type (Insert or Loop) based on the input you're recording. You get everything from reverb and delay to killer COSM Guitar Amp, Speaker and Mic Modeling, plus Mastering Tool Kit for sweetening up the final mix.

Built-in Rhythm Track and More
If you're looking for drums, tap into the BR-1180's new Rhythm Track: It's got sampled drum sounds and plenty of Preset patterns for creating drum tracks without using recording tracks. You can even import new patterns via Standard MIDI Files or load loops in .WAV format for playback. Other handy features include a Phrase Trainer for slowing down guitar licks, a built-in chromatic tuner, and 2 XLR Microphone inputs with phantom power.
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Size and weight
Width: 460 mm (18-1/8 in.)
Depth: 273 mm (10-3/4 in.)
Height: 87 mm (3-7/16 in.)
Weight: 3.5 kg (7 lbs., 12 oz.), excluding AC Adapter

Track: 10 V-Track: 80 (8 V-Tracks per each Track)
(Up to 2 tracks can be recorded simultaneously, and up to 10 tracks can be played back simultaneously.)

Maximum Useful Capacity/Recording Time
Internal Hard Disk: 20 Gbytes
(Data type: Recording time)
LIN: 60 hours
MT1: 120 hours
MT2: 160 hours
LV1: 190 hours
LV2: 240 hours
(conversion in 1 track, times approximate)*1*2

Signal Processing
AD Conversion: [24-bit AF Method*3 (Guitar/Bass)], [24-bit AF-AD (Mic)], [24-bit (Line)], [24-bit (Simul)]
DA Conversion: 24-bit
Internal Processing: 24-bit (digital mixer section)
Recording Data: 16-bit linear (data type: LIN)

Sample Rate
44.1 kHz

Frequency Response
20Hz to 20kHz (+1/-3dB)

Total Distortion
0.15% or less (INPUT SENS: CENTER, 1 kHz at nominal output level, data type: LIN)

Nominal Input Level (Variable)
GUITAR/BASS jack: -10 dBu, MIC 1, 2 jack: -40 dBu, LINE jack: -10 dBu

Input Impedance
GUITAR/BASS jack: 1M ohms
MIC 1, 2 jack (TRS): 2.2 k ohms (HOT-COLD), 1.1 k ohms (HOT-GND, COLD-GND)
MIC 1, 2 jack (XLR): 2.2 k ohms (HOT-COLD), 1.1 k ohms (HOT-GND, COLD-GND)
LINE IN jack: 50 k ohms

Nominal Output Level
LINE OUT jack: -10 dBu

Output Impedance
LINE OUT jack: 2 k ohms, PHONES jack: 100 ohms

Recommended Load Impedance
LINE OUT jack: 20 k ohms or greater, PHONES jack: 8 to 50 ohms

Residual Noise Level
LINE OUT jack: -87 dBu or less
(INPUT SELECT: GUITAR/BASS, input terminated with 1 k ohms, INPUT SENS: CENTER, IHF-A, typ.)

Mixer Effects: [Loop Effects: Chorus/Delay/Doubling, Reverb], [EQ (Two-band equalizer. Independent for each track.)]
Insert Effects: 17 algorithms
Speaker Modeling (Reference model are the Roland DS-90/90A and DS-50A)
Mastering Effects

Rhythm/Loop Phrase
Resolution: 96 TPQN
Rhythm Patterns: [Preset: 50, User*: 999, Song*: 999 (*User-programmable and SMF-importable)], Rhythm Arranges: [Preset: 50, User*: 10, Song*: 10 *User-programmable]
Loop Phrases: [User: 400 (50 x 8 banks), Song: 50] (.WAV/AIFF-importable)

64 x 40mm (Backlit LCD)

Power Supply
DC 12 V; Supply AC Adapter (Roland PSB-3U)

Power Consumption

Included Accessories
AC Adaptor: PSB-3U
Effect Patch List/Rhythm Pattern List

CD-R/RW drive (for BR-1180): CDI-BR-1
Expression Pedal (EV-5)
Foot Switch (FS-5U)
Pedal Switch (DP-2)

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.
* 0dBu = 0.775V rms
*1 The recording times shown are approximate. Times may vary depending on the number of songs and the size of imported loop phrases.
*2 Recording times shown are the total for all tracks used. Therefore, if each of the ten tracks contain an equal amount of data, the length of the resulting song will be approximately 1/10 of the time shown.
*3 AF Method (Adaptive Focus method): This is a proprietary method from Roland that vastly improves the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio of the A/D and D/A converters.

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 323-890-3700

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (201 ratings)
Submitted January 6, 2004 by a customer from

"BOSS 1180 is the perfect home studio tool"

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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I feel that this product will last me quite sometime. I was working with a Tascam 424 for about 3 years and it was time to upgrade to digital. I read about Tascams, Boss/Roland, Yamaha, Korg, and Fostex and came to a conclusion. I was only producing rap songs and didn't need 24 or 16 channels and with the 80 virtual tracks and the bouncing effect I could have upto 24 tracks if I wanted. So I went for the best 8 track Digital and it was the Boss. Every review had this product as the best one to purchase. I don't think I'll get any new equipment for awhile. If it were stolen or lose I'd replace with the same product, hands down. It helps alot when it comes to making music and if done right and mastered correctly, you'll never have to pay $25/hour to record music at a studio for a Great Demo or even a Independent Album release.
The sound on the Bos 1180 is great. Be sure that when you load a beat or play it live that your tunes and the pre-recorded beat is mastered or atleast sounds clean.
There are tons of features, over 300 effects.
The product is great. No problems with any nobs, controls, nothing, just great.
I think it's worth $1000.00 but make sure you get your full use out of it and learn by reading the instruction manual. A video comes with it and thats helpful.
Manufacturer Support
Nope, never dealt with the company.
The Wow Factor
It looks space like. Nice look to it.

Musical Style:

Hip Hop
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