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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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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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!
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this for 3 years now and in my opinion it is annoyingly fiddly and un user friendly.( Seemingly to me) The manual is written by a techie who assumes that everyone... Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2014 by James R
Mot reviews here has said what I think already, so here's a bit of a review on vocal input which is info I couldn't find here on Amazon. Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2014 by tu
I have used this for about 3 years for two things - the ability to play my guitar amped-up through headphones at night or without making too much noise, and the ability to quickly... Read morePublished on 25 April 2013 by P.Vineaux
I bought this to record my new synth, the Korg M50. It records exactly how the synth sounds. You can't tell the difference between the recording and the real thing.Published on 12 Jun. 2012 by Pincho Paxton
I noticed the machine would cur-out in battery mode. Roland asked me to return item to them. A month later I'm still waiting for it to be returned. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2012 by gurujok
first of all i must say i haven't got this machine, thinking about it still, having read all the reviews. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2011 by Wilzito
the br is a very good piece of kit, with some amazing features packed into a small space. down side is its pretty heavy on batteries, if you are going to use it for extended... Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2011 by catfish33
Boss Micro BR Multi Track Recorder
I've been using this recorder for a couple of years now, and it is still the best piece of kit on the market for the price. Read more
Having spent months looking for a cheap way of recording and mixing my own guitar tracks, the Boss Micro BR seemed to fit my criteria perfectly. Read morePublished on 27 July 2010 by Stu72