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Boss Micro BR Digital Recorder

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  • Four Recording tracks with 32 V-Tracks
  • MP3 player / recorder with time-stretch capability
  • COSM guitar multi-effects, reverb and mastering tool kit
  • Rhythm Track with 294 rhythm patterns using real drum sounds
  • USB for loading/saving MP3 and song files
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Technical Details
Item Weight132 g
Product Dimensions8.2 x 13.6 x 2.2 cm
Item model numberMICRO BR
  
Additional Information
ASINB000JJSABS
Best Sellers Rank 41,507 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight581 g
Date First Available16 Feb. 2007
  
 

Product description

Meet the ultimate palmtop guitar companion and recording studio. Only slightly larger than an iPod, the tiny-yet-powerful MICRO BR is a dream for musicians on the go. The MICRO BR offers four simultaneous playback tracks (plus 32 V-Tracks), MP3 compatibility, onboard multi-effects, built-in rhythm patterns, a tuner, USB, an SD Card slot, and more. No guitar case or gig bag should be without one!


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Don't get me wrong - this gadget deserves 5 stars in terms of customer satisfaction - high quality recording and very portable - it functions as a perfectly serviceable recording studio but more important from my point of view it's excellent for live recording- gigs rehearsals and outside projects. The on board microphone produces higher quality sound than you might expect and using an external mike ( I use a Sony ECM-MS907 ) through the dedicated input an you get excellent stereo reproduction. Line in allows recoprding straight from a mixer desk. Features too numerous to catalogue but the 130 page manual is clear and once you get used to the interface its reasonably intuitive to use. Looks stylish and the display is easy to read unless you're in bright sunshine. Computer connectability excellent.

So why not 5 stars? Well - it could be better. For one thing it would be nice to be able to save to Wav format instead of the Micro's own idiosyncratic format. You can record directly to MP3 but only as a single track recording. Also it'd be nice to be able to record more than a single track at once. Converting between formats 'on board' takes an age. The unit is very nicely packaged but lacking in essentials like an AC adaptor, battery life with rechargeables is not too bad though.

However - once in a while you get a piece of kit that you get 'attached' to and its shortcomings become slightly endearing - I'm sure it wouldnt be too difficult to produce a software patch that enables easy conversion of to a more usable format for working with tracks on a computer.

The portability of this unit is the key feature - and if that's your key requirement then it makes such a good stab at doing a range of things that larger or more costly units do in a dedicated way that you're not likely to be disappointed. Buy!
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I hadn't played guitar and written songs in a couple of decades but mid-life drove me back earlier this year. I checked out plenty of reviews, along with a few gadgets and the Micro-BR seemed to fit the bill for my modest requirements. The price seemed amazingly low considering the claims made. I bought one and am so glad I did.

I initially struggled with the manual and made great use of the WWW to seek help from really helpful Boss users worldwide. You can record straight out of the box but I did have a few problems when trying to bounce (e.g merge tracks 1-4 to free up 3 tracks) and master prior to converting to WAV/MP3. It's mostly a problem understanding the terminology and how certain functions work, once you get over a few hurdles it becomes second nature and you are rewarded for sticking with it.

I have to say this is just about the best musical tool I have owned in my life. The only limitations are your imagination. It fits in your shirt pocket, you can walk around your garden recording as you go if you get the urge, my Mrs is getting worried as I spend more time with it than with her! I have used it mainly for guitar based rock/pop but have plugged in a keyboard and also experimented with bouncing tracks to make some fun acapella sounds. The sound quality is exceptional in my opinion including using the on board mic and the drum machine is pretty good as well and allows you to construct your own rhythm from the loops rather than just using the loops as they are. I use re-chargeable batteries and these last for several hours, just keep a couple spare.

It's happy having your own stomp-boxes etc plugged in if you need some extra sounds. If you need a gadget to put down your musical sketches as well as providing a bunch of tools to polish your efforts in the comfort of your own sofa, I highly recommend the Micro. Enjoy.
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I have enjoyed using the device to record myself playing several guitar and bass parts against a rhythm track; recording myself singing multiple parts of choral music; playing acoustic instruments, such as classical guitar and lute, with a bit of reverb produced using the built-in mic and a pair of headphones (really improves on the sound I get in my pokey music room!); as a practice amp (with headphones) and effects box for my electric guitars; producing backing tracks for kids to use at school; playing along to an mp3, slowed down to help learn the odd guitar lick...

Others here have written detailed reviews in which you can read details of the good and the bad. My view is this - read what Roland say about this device on their web site because the MICRO BR does exactly what it is intended to do very well.

It's a digital device so will be battery hungry - the power supply is worth the extra money, but if you have any other BOSS gear you may already own the right one.

I love it! It's small. It's pretty. It's easy to use. It is very well priced. It is a perfect friend to any guitarist or home musician.
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This is a clever little gadget. It is a portable audio recorder, an effects box, a dictation machine, an MP3 player, and a pocket mirror (no joke - the fascia is very reflective). You can even use it as a guitar tuner, and as a very simple drum machine. I think Boss was trying to make a convergent device, and they have almost succeeded, especially for the price. Nonetheless the Micro BR has a couple of quite major flaws that hold it back. If you think of it as a portable effects box with a built-in solid state recorder it's excellent. If you need to record people speaking it's very useful, and small, and silent as it records. It is actually cheaper that some digital dictation machines, and will record voice forever with a 1gb SD card, although the batteries will run down after a couple of hours. It's not so good as a replacement for a four-track tape recorder, however, for reasons I will explain. I have owned one for about six months and I still use it every so often, mainly as a guitar pre-amp and effects box.

The interface takes a while to pick up, and the manual is not great. It comes in an excellent box. You get a felt-feeling slipcase, two alkaline batteries, and a 128mb memory card that has a demo song on it. There's an erratum slip for the manual. The demo song is a bland rock song. The manual does not say if it was recorded from scratch with the Micro BR; I imagine that it was not.

The first and most important limitation is that you can only record from one input at a time. The machine has four inputs. There is a 1/4 inch guitar jack socket, there is a built-in microphone, and there is a 2.5mm socket that doubles as a line input and a powered mic input.
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