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Fostex MR8 8-Track Digital Recorder with Built-In FX

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Fostex MR-8 Multitrack

Fostex has broken the digital recorder price barrier with their new MR8. It's the world first 8-track that records into solid-state, Compact Flash Card memory - and there's more! It's got a USB port for WAV file data transfer to a Windows PC for data editing, CD burning, and backup. And operating the MR8 is more intuitive than many other digital recorders - it's ideal for users who have no experience in digital multi-track recording.

Most of the functions appear on the top panel physically instead of page surfing on LCD. Need to make a change? You don't have to page through menus, just grab a knob! The LCD and self-illuminating keys show you the current status visually. The MR8 also provides built-in digital reverb and delay, 2 inputs (one XLR and one 1/4 in.), uncompressed 16-bit/44.1kHz recording quality, 2-track simultaneous recording (full 8-track playback), mastering effects, an optical S/PDIF output, and a built-in mic so you never lose those melodies that pop into your head in the middle of the night. The MR8 may be powered by 6 AA batteries or the included AC adapter. Now high-quality digital recording is more affordable than ever!

Features
8 tracks recording and playback

128MB Compact Flash included!

The world first 8-track recording into solid-state memory (Compact Flash Card)

Records to CompactFlash (CF)

Simple & Easy Interface

No menus to navigate

Knob/Button for each function

On-Board Effects

Reverbs

Delays

Guitar FX

Amp Simulator

Mic Simulator

Mastering

USB Port

.WAV import/export

Archiving

CD Burning

2 XLR Mic Inputs

2 Guitar Inputs

S/PDIF Digital Output

Built-In Microphone for quick recording of ideas or events

Portable - Battery Operated

2 Headphone Jacks

The MR8's main applications include: songwriters, traveling musicians, beginning recording enthusiasts, and project studios. With just over 2 hours of battery time (6 AA), the MR8 offers an affordable portable field recorder solution where timecode is not needed.

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Recording Medium: Compact Flash Card

Recording Format: VFAT (FAT16)

Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz/22.05 kHz

Quantization: 16-bit linear

A/D Converter: 16-bit Delta-Sigma

D/A Converter: 16-bit Delta-Sigma

Number of Recording Track: 8 tracks (maximum 2 tracks simultaneous recording)

Recording/Reproduction Frequency: 20 Hz - 20 kHz (Normal Mode)

Analog In (2ch) Connector: XLR-3-31 type and f 6mm TRS phone

Input Level: -40dBV (MIC) - +10dBV (LINE)

Input Impedance: 1.5k ohm or more (XLR)

Stereo Out (L, R) Connector: f 6mm stereo phone

Load Impedance: More than 16 ohm

Output Level: 20mW or more (at 32 ohm)

MIDI Out: Connector DIN 5 pin

Foot Switch: Connector: f 6mm phone Level TTL level

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

S/P DIF Connector: Optical

Format: IEC 60958 (S/PDIF) 44.1kHz only (Normal Mode)

Dimensions (H x D x W): 65 x 215 x 283 mm

Weight: Approximately 1.9 kg (1.6 kg, without AC adapter)

Power Supply: AC Adaptor AD12A (supplied accessory) or 6 x AA alkaline battery
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
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Sound: Simply put: you get out of it what you put into it. I'm tired of people bashing this machine's sound. Take it for what it is: a recorder. It is not a mixer, it is not a sampler, or anything else. It records. So if you don't like the effects, buy a mixer or something so that you can add effects before you record. When you look at the big recording studios, you don't see cheap mics,setups with no mixers,or Casio keyboards. The actual recorder is just a very small part of a professional setup. So I think that anybody who complains about the MR-8's sound is expecting too much. I have created some beautiful sounding things and I'm sure if I had professional equipment, i could get near-profeesional sounding results. Feature: The MR-8 may not have quite as many features as the "big boys," but I could not give it any lower than a 7 simply because of the price. In my humble opinion, it has more than enough features for a novice recorder such as myself. Quality: This is a tough category for me to rate because I don't take it on the road, nor have a had it long enough to have any major problems. But it seems to be built well and I don't expect to hae any problems with it. Value: Here is where this baby shines: It is the most inexpensive (cheap is not a word that should be associated with this product) 8 track recorder on the market, and it gets the job done. Just look at my title to this review and it is pretty self-explanatory. Manufacturer Support: Like my quality rating, this one is hard to judge because I have not had to use it (which is a good thing). But I can say that the website has a lot of info and FAQs for this product. The Fostex website also has compatible flash cards for all of you babies who keep whining that there isn't enough time on the included card. The Wow Factor: I had to take two points away in this area because if you are anything like me, the allure of the more expensive brands will tempt you because you don't know wether a product at this price is woth buying. Another thing that I have heard people complain about is the color. I kinda like the red. It's better than plain black, white, or silver that a lot of other brands offer. Besides, I have seen websites that have black Fostex MR-8's if you don't like red or need something that will fit in with the rest of your setup. Overall: In my opinion, this product is one that can grow with me as I grow musically. As I said before it all depends on how dedicated you are as far as adding professional equipment around it. It is definintely worth the mony and it is in a class all by itself as far as value. If it were lost or stolen I would replace it, except I probably will not have $300 again any time soon.
Style of Music: Gospel
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Fostex MR-8 Multitrack Customer Review
Sound: Use this with a computer for extra tracks. Due to the small size of the CF card it comes with you almost need a computer as well. The USB connection the MR8 comes with is fantastic! Feature: Features are fine. The effects are O.K. but if your mixing on a computer you have more options anyway. Quality: It feels solid to me. Value: For the price you can't go wrong. Couple this with a PC and a great software called N-track ($45) and you've got everything you need to record some great sounding songs! Manufacturer Support: The OS upgrade was very easy to apply. Overall: I think I will be satisfied for a number of years. If it were lost or stolen I wouldn't think twice about buying another mr8.
Style of Music: Rock, Punk, Pop.
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