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Boss BR1600CD Multitrack Digital Recorder

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Product Description

The Boss BR1600CD Digital Recording Studio combines the easy-to-use Boss BR interface with eight XLR inputs for recording eight tracks simultaneously.
This affordable 16-track recorder comes loaded with effects for guitars and vocals - including COSM Overdrive/Distortion, Amp Modeling and a Vocal Tool Box; plus convenient PCM drum and bass tracks, a 40GB hard drive, CD-R/RW drive and USB port. The BR1600CD comes with Roland's Auto-Calibrate that sets all input levels automatically. You just ask the band to play for a bit! Plug guitars right into the dedicated guitar Input and get ready to produce a professional recordings.

The BR1600CD has a Boss GT6 built in for incredible guitar effects from chorus to wah-wah (optional EV5) and amp modeling with mic placement. Not just a few weak effects for so called direct recording into a regular (wrong impedance!) input. The BR1600 even includes Roland's acclaimed mic modeling. The PCM drum sounds (add your own!) are second to none.

Boss BR1600CD Features

  • 16-track (256 V-Track) digital studio with 40GB hard drive and CD-R/RW drive
  • Record all 8 XLR inputs simultaneously, ideal for tracking live performances
  • Powerful onboard effects including COSM modeling for guitar, bass and vocals
  • Vocal Tool Box with auto pitch correction and Harmony Sequence function
  • 16 individual Track EQs, plus 8 dedicated compressors
  • Mastering Tool Kit with multi-band compression for loud and punchy CDs
  • Create backing tracks quickly via independent Drum/Bass and Loop Phrase tracks
  • USB port for easy data exchange, plus V-LINK video control*
*V-LINK requires Edirol DV7-PR with software version 1.50 or higher.

The built-in drum sequencer insures you can do all your work without an external sequencer. Or load WAV/AIFF file loops to the dedicated loop tracks; they will instantly time lock to your tempo map. The BR includes a disk of great loop files, and the hard-drive already comes stock with a bunch of useful loops ready to load.

Overdub a bass part by plugging any MIDI keyboard into the BR1600's MIDI in, or play it from the front panel buttons. A cooler way to work is to enter your chord changes into the chord track and have the BR provide different bass parts for you to check out, keep, or build on.

The Chord Track also lets you instantly create realistic vocal harmonies by telling the BR what intervals you want. The Harmony Sequence function offers instant background harmonies. Of course, it also auto corrects your vocal pitches, a first in a digital audio workstation. So you have bass pattern/programmed and harmony auto creation!

Then you mixdown, staying in the linear digital domain using Roland's acclaimed Mastering Tool Kit from the VS recorders. Burn your CD. Save your projects to your computer via USB or archive them to the built in CD burner. Everything you need, from killer guitar tones, modern hi-fi drums, time corrected loops, bass sounds, background vocals and mastered CDs are available in this one incredible workstation.

Before you get locked into spec/price wars with other digital recorders, make sure you do not need to buy additional preamps, effects, guitar boxes, drum machines, samplers and modules - to match the firepower of the amazing Boss BR1600CD.

Easy Multitrack Recording
The BR1600CD includes eight sweet-sounding XLR microphone inputs with phantom power. Use them to mic up a drum set or to record your entire band in a single pass. Recording eight tracks at once is easy, thanks to a new Multi-Track recording mode; just pick your inputs and start recording while taking advantage of powerful channel effects like a compressor, 3-band EQ and bass cut filter.

Superb Guitar and Vocal Effects
Plug into the BR1600CD and you’ve got an arsenal of world-class BOSS effects ranging from reverb, delay and modulation to the latest modeling effects for guitar, bass and vocals. These include powerful overdrive/distortion and amp modeling identical to the BOSS GT6, acoustic and bass effects, plus mic modeling and a new Vocal Tool Box. This special algorithm includes auto pitch correction to keep you in tune, plus a Harmony Sequence function for creating realistic harmonies; no background singers needed!

Build Your Own Backing Tracks
The BR1600CD now includes separate Drum, Bass and Loop Phrase tracks for creating complete backing arrangements. The Drum and Bass tracks come with high-quality PCM sounds. The Loop Phrase track can be loaded with user samples, or you can choose from a collection of loop phrases pre-loaded onto the hard disk. Using these tracks, you can build professional-quality arrangements for your guitar and vocals.

Complete Connectivity with USB and V-LINK
The BR1600CD’s USB port makes it easy to load WAV/AIFF files into a track, or export your audio for further editing in software or data backup. Want to integrate video with your music? Using V-LINK and an optional Edirol video editor, you can control and manipulate images using the BR1600CD’s buttons and knobs. It’s easy and you’ll love the results. With the BR1600CD, the sky’s the limit!

Product Specifications
Boss BR1600CD Specifications
  • Tracks: 16
  • V-Tracks: 256 (16 V-Tracks per each Track)
  • Maximum Useful Capacity / Recording Time
    • Internal Hard Disk: 40 G bytes
    • Recording Time: 120 hours (conversion in one track)
  • AD Conversion:
    • Guitar/Bass: 24 bit, AF Method
    • Vocal: 24 bit, Delta Sigma Modulation
    • Multi-Track: 24 bit, Delta Sigma Modulation
    • Stereo Tracks: 24 bit, Delta Sigma Modulation
  • DA Conversion:
    • 24 bit, Delta Sigma Modulation
    • Internal Processing: 24 bit (digital mixer section)
    • Recording Data: 16 bit linear
  • Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz (+1/-3 dB)
  • Total Distortion: 0.02 % or less (Input Sens: Center, 1 kHz at nominal output level)
  • Nominal Input Level (Variable):
    • GUITAR/BASS jack: -10dBu
    • MIC 1-8 Jacks (XLR): -40 dBu
    • INPUT 1-8 jacks (1/4 inch): -10 dBu
  • Input Impedance:
    • GUITAR/BASS Jack: 1 MOhm
    • MIC 1-8 Jacks (XLR): 12.5 kOhms (HOT-COLD), 6.5 kOhms (HOT-GND, COLD-GND)
    • INPUT 1-8 Jacks (1/4 inch): 22 kOhms
  • Nominal Output Level: LINE OUT Jack: -10 dBu
  • Output Impedance:
    • LINE OUT Jack: 2 kOhms
    • PHONES 1, 2 Jack: 100 Ohms
  • Recommended Load Impedance:
    • LINE OUT Jack: 20 kOhms or greater
    • PHONES 1, 2 jack: 8-50 Ohms
  • Residual Noise Level: LINE OUT Jack: -90 dBu or less
  • Input Select: GUITAR/BASS, input terminated with 1 kOhm, Input Sens: Center, IHF-A, typ
  • Interface:
    • DIGITAL IN: S/PDIF 16-24 bit (coaxial type)
    • DIGITAL OUT: S/PDIF 16-24 bit (coaxial type)
    • USB connecter (B type)
  • Display: 130 x 36 mm (Backlit LCD)
  • Connectors:
    • MIDI IN connector
    • MIDI OUT connector
    • USB connector
    • DIGITAL IN connector: Coaxial type
    • DIGITAL OUT connector: Coaxial type)
    • FOOT SW Jack: 1/4 inch phone type
    • EXP PEDAL Jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type
    • LINE OUT Jacks: RCA Phono type
    • INPUT 1-8 Jacks: Unbalanced, 1/4 inch phone type
    • MIC 1-8 Jacks: XLR balanced
    • PHONES 1 Jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type
    • PHONES 2 Jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type
    • GUITAR/BASS Jack: 1/4 inch phone type
  • Power Supply: DC 12 V; AC Adaptor (Roland PSB-3U)
  • Power Consumption: 3 A
  • Included Accessories:
    • AC Adaptor: PSB-3U
    • Owner's Manual
    • Effect Patch List
    • DISCRETE DRUMS (CD-ROM)
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 19-1/2 x 13-3/8 x 3-15/16 inches (494 x 339 x 99 mm)
  • Weight: 10 lbs 13 oz (4.9 kg) excluding AC adaptor


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Features
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I don't know enough about recording to add or change anything
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Well being that I've never recorded before it seems quite difficult. Come things are easy but some things are frustrating. I ordered the DVD to help me navigate this thing.
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Awesome. The monitors that come with it are unbelievable.
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Well see. Only had it 2 days.
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I love it. It's a great buy !!
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