Boss BR-80 Micro Digital Recorder
Boss BR-80 Micro Digital Recorder
BOSS Micro BR-80 Digital Recorder Overview by GAK The BOSS Micro BR-80 is a compact Digital Recorder designed for guitar and vocal effects and also features built-in rhythms, onboard stereo mics and a live record mode. With 8 tracks of playback plus 64 virtual tracks, the BOSS Micro BR-80 digital recorder allows you to simultaneously record 2 tracks of WAV-format straight to an SD/SDHC Card (Up to 32GB). See below for full features and additional overview
- 2 tracks of simultaneous WAV-format recording
- 8 tracks of playback
- 64 virtual tracks
- Records straight on to SD/SDHC memory card (up to 32 GB)
- Built-in stereo condenser microphone
- Extensive library of backing and rhythm patterns
- Roland COSM amps and effects
- Works as a USB audio interface with built-in effects
- The BOSS MICRO BR-80 features high-quality BOSS guitar and vocal effects, built-in rhythms, onboard stereo mics and a Live Record mode that for instant recording on the go.
- The MICRO BR-80 lets you simultaneously record 2 WAV-format tracks, eight tracks of playback and 64 virtual tracks. The inbuilt high-definition stereo condenser mics give up to 500 hours of recording time (with an optional 32 GB SDHC card) for laying down song ideas and recording rehearsals. The BR-80 has dedicated inputs for plugging in your guitar, microphone or any stereo line-level device.
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Awesome item however, this is a typical BOSS tech, the screen layout is basic and dot matrix like an item from the 1980s. The processor is slow, laggy and not as snappy and responsive as one would expect. The build quality feels nice, but is actually very cheap. The frame is plastic and uses thin aluminium tin covers which actually just cover a plastic case. The jog wheel is NOT smooth to turn, it is grainy to turn, flimsy, buttons are hard to press especially if you have large fingers. The unit takes a full size SD card however, it does work with a Micro to full SD card converter. It comes as standard with an 8GB SD card which has the factory eband songs/data on it. When you put in a new SD Card, you need to download the SD data from BOSS website and copy the ROLAND folder over to the SD Card to get you eband working again. Big downside is that if you want to use NIMH rechargeable AA cells in it, you can not charge the batteries from the USB or DC power input. This device lacks a lot of modern features you would assume it should include. All this said the unit has a very small guitar effects COSM processor, very little features as a guitar processor however, it does enable a double AA battery guitar practice and recording device you can put in your pocket and go. I use it with headphones or a mobile Bluetooth speaker using the AUX 3.5 mm jack(this device is NOT Bluetooth enabled, which is a shame). It also uses 1970s input gain and volume control potentiometers, which are awkward to adjust when you have your plectrum and guitar in hand. Is it worth the money, NO as in today's day there are a lot of basic features which this item just does not have and makes your guitar experience a real headache in today's life when it really does not need to be. Simple things like Bluetooth, ability to charge NIMH AA batteries and feather touch buttons or digital control for the input gain and output volume. The hardware potentiometers are hard to adjust when you need to with guitar in hand, plectrum in hand etc. All in all, this unit enables something that previously was not possible, but clearly it is a device that requires you to be fiddling with it to get it right. It causes a hindrance to our playing more than a benefit however, for basic on the go easy practising without having to carry amps and excessive kit around it works well.
Easy to use and wide range of fx and tools. Lots to explore...
Great bit of equipment compact and packed with different functions for recording practicing etc
This is a replacement to one that I've had for years, cannot fault it......... does what it says on the tin!
An excellent product in a small package, I use it as a sort of musical notebook so that I can quickly and easily record riffs and idea's before I forget them. But you can easily record whole songs and mix them down.