Boss BR-1600CD Multitrack Digital Recorder  

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From concept to finished CD, this does it all—effortlessly!

4The BOSS BR-1600CD Multitrack Digital Recorder combines Boss' intuitive interface with 8 XLR inputs for recording 8 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 highly usable PCM drum and bass tracks, a 80GB hard drive, CD burner, and a USB port. Includes 16 individual track EQs and 8 dedicated compressors. Can record up to 240 hours.

Features

  • 16-track (256 V-tracks) digital studio with 40GB hard drive and CDRW drive
  • Approximately 240-hour recording time
  • Record all 8 XLR inputs simultaneously—ideal for tracking live performances
  • Powerful effects including COSM modeling for guitar, bass and microphones
  • 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 with new Drum/Bass and Loop Phrase tracks
  • Step and realtime sequencer, plus automatic tempo mapping for imported loops
  • USB port for easy data exchange

It's a complete, start-to-finish studio for an amazingly low price. Order today.

 
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4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

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8 tracks all at once makes it hard to beat for the price.

This is a first time experience with 123 for me, thanks to a very knowledgeable and flexible salesman (Thanks Doug) I was convinced to buy this unit. I'm looking forward to reducing the ...Read complete review

This is a first time experience with 123 for me, thanks to a very knowledgeable and flexible salesman (Thanks Doug) I was convinced to buy this unit. I'm looking forward to reducing the headaches of dual 4 tracks in my home office and the sludge sounds of our demos.

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Things to consider before buying

Being from the old school of analog recording I was your basic novice in the digital arena before I purchased the 1600CD. If I only would have known then what I know now I don't...Read complete review

Being from the old school of analog recording I was your basic novice in the digital arena before I purchased the 1600CD. If I only would have known then what I know now I don't think this would be my first choice. I use it now to create and fine tune parts before going to another PC studio set up. If you do a lot of overdubbing you'll find that your hard disk space is quickly evaporated and a drive busy error message will keep coming up in the middle of a recording or playback session. If you use a lot of effects...forget it, you'd be lucky to get 4 tracks of a complete song, and then theres the hum...this is the real killer...something in the electronics of this unit creates a hum somewhere in the area of 60 cycles every couple of minutes or so. This sound is recorded and becomes background noise throughout your recording. On loader parts you can hide it but on vocals or an acoustic arrangement it can ruin your efforts. So to make a long story a little shorter I would say that if you want to make serious demo's or red book recordings...find another way.

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4.0

Makes great sounding recordings

By beshmonger

from Undisclosed

Comments about Boss BR-1600CD Multitrack Digital Recorder:

I'm not going to run through all of the features - there's plenty of documentation on that already.
I record my 5 piece rock band with this and get some really great sounding 'basement tapes'. If you know how to bounce tracks and submix then you can get a ton of tracks recorded. I havent't used the onboard guitar effects or drum stuff. I figure I'll get around to it someday. I really got this for the recording, mastering and cd burning features. Our 'demo' cds sound better than a lot of bands who spent serious $$ in local studios. They all look at me surprised when I say we recorded in the basement with a $1200 recorder and a few Shure SM57s and 2 cheap AT condenser mics. As long as you know what you're doing you ought top be able to get really good stuff out of this thing. I wouldn't recommend this if you are a movice at recording or have little experience in studios. There are a ton of features and it would be very easy to get overwhelmed if you don't know much about the recording process.
Mine has a problem loading when I turn it on. I sometimes have to turn it on 10 or more times before it boots up. Pretty annoying but once its on there aren't any problems. I also got a Boss FS-5U footswitch to turn the record button on and off. Very useful and convenient when you're the one playing/singing and operating the machine at the same time!

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

OK, But Has Some Issues

By ck-E3pu4

from New Mexico

Comments about Boss BR-1600CD Multitrack Digital Recorder:

It's okay... but the sound is nowhere near professional if you do a lot of acoustics. Or at least you'd have to be a total computer genius to make it sound professional. The worst and most frustrating/infuriating thing about this machine? It will randomly interrupt and stop a recording session with a "Drive Busy!" error message for NO FREAKIN' REASON. This is a 40 Gig hard drive. All I had were 2 songs recorded on this thing, and in the middle of recording the third song, it kept stopping and announcing that the drive was busy. The same thing happened to me with the BR-900, which is why I upgraded to the BR-1600 because the 1GB Memory Card in the 900 was a joke. Well, looks like the BR-1600 has the same friggin problem. This is so infuriating and upsetting. The sound also is extremely difficult to master. It will sound entirely different on a stereo or on your computer speakers than it does in the headphones on the recording unit. It's very disappointing to record what sounds like a perfect demo, only to burn it to a CD and have the sound either be way too loud or way too quiet. I really wish I would have bought a different/better unit that didn't have memory/drive problems. However, I give it 2 stars because it is fairly easy to use once you get the hang of it, and it sounds better than using your computer microphone or Garage Band, I guess.

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(43 of 72 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Things to consider before buying

By Alan Sherman

from Wisconsin

Comments about Boss BR-1600CD Multitrack Digital Recorder:

Being from the old school of analog recording I was your basic novice in the digital arena before I purchased the 1600CD. If I only would have known then what I know now I don't think this would be my first choice. I use it now to create and fine tune parts before going to another PC studio set up. If you do a lot of overdubbing you'll find that your hard disk space is quickly evaporated and a drive busy error message will keep coming up in the middle of a recording or playback session. If you use a lot of effects...forget it, you'd be lucky to get 4 tracks of a complete song, and then theres the hum...this is the real killer...something in the electronics of this unit creates a hum somewhere in the area of 60 cycles every couple of minutes or so. This sound is recorded and becomes background noise throughout your recording. On loader parts you can hide it but on vocals or an acoustic arrangement it can ruin your efforts. So to make a long story a little shorter I would say that if you want to make serious demo's or red book recordings...find another way.

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(62 of 96 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Programming

By Sleep Eddie James

from Switzerland

Comments about Boss BR-1600CD Multitrack Digital Recorder:

Unless you have a degree in computer programming, it will take you some time to learn how to properly use this thing

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(12 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great

By jeff-R_tH9

from boston MA

Comments about Boss BR-1600CD Multitrack Digital Recorder:

This unit is great. I used it to record a high school band and I had never heard such great playback. Also the mixdown and mastering features are very cool. Worth the money!

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(24 of 48 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great HD-recorder

By Nygaard

from Denmark

Comments about Boss BR-1600CD Multitrack Digital Recorder:

The BR-1600CD is overall a great HD-recorder. You've got 8 balanced inputs which can be used simultaneously. You've got COSM effects for guitar, bass and vocal + the bass & drum synth. Although the USB-connection to PC is rather clumsy, it's a great feature that you can export your recorded tracks as wav and work with them in programmes like Cubase. Mastering on the BR-1600CD is not so user friendly as on a PC, due to the tiny screen. I use it in combination with Cubase, which means that I can record 8 tracks at a time with no Cubase breakdown or Windows breakdown during the takes. That's great.

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(46 of 80 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

INSANITY

By S-RTQK7

from Iceland

Comments about Boss BR-1600CD Multitrack Digital Recorder:

im telling you this beauty does it ALL!!!im in love! so easy to use and the sound...oh man!

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(8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does it all...

By StevieTeaselSeed

from Savannah GA

Comments about Boss BR-1600CD Multitrack Digital Recorder:

I have been messing around with recording since my parents bought me a battery operated reel to reel back at the age of 11 in 1966. Since then I have gone through the gamut from my Tascam 4 track Portastudio to a highly complex computer setup. After all is said and done, I realized how much I missed my Portastudio. It was so compact and readily transported. Try doing that with a desktop, or even a laptop. Many people say that just by using a laptop and some super software program with mega plug-ins you are able to have a world class studio at your finger tips. The reality is that you still need digital interfaces, cables and other peripheral gear to do it right, and you end up with a not so portable setup. After messing around with such a system this past year, I decided it's time to get simple. As an actual musician I really don't need a lot of software to edit with. Whatever happened to just playing your parts correctly? This is what the BR1600CD does for me. I can concentrate on making music. The machine itself almost seems to read my mind sometimes! I could write for hours about all the things I like, but there is one thing that I don't like, which is the absence of channel inserts/sends on the 8 mic inputs. This forces you to have to use the internal effects. I have a favorite reverb setting on my old Alesis Midiverb, but without a channel insert, I cannot access the outside world unless I want to record wet to 2 track stereo. Also, buyer beware...although the BR1600CD is touted as being a 16 track recorder, for all intents and purposes it's really a 12 track recorder. The first 8 tracks are mono. The next 4 tracks are dedicated stereo and there is no way to convert them to 8 track mono. It's a marketing ploy that made this old recording veteran feel like a sucker. Oh well, even so, it's way better than just having four tracks to work with. I'm still amazed at some of the stuff I coaxed out of that old Tascam unit. Now it's time to press on with the new Boss unit!

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(27 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value and features - USB a little limited

By Gene

from Raleigh, NC - USA

Comments about Boss BR-1600CD Multitrack Digital Recorder:

QUALITY:Built like a tank - okay just don't drop it and you should be fine. FEATURES:Features are great - best platform there is for mobile recording of live audio events. Can't beat 1/4 inch jack/8 XLRs with phantom power all inputs with compression EQ on every input! USB function is limited (one mono/stereo track at a time), but can be overcome by using WAV-MAKER-1600 software utility which is now available. Bass and drum machines are a definite plus. COSM amp models means you can build a whole gig around this thing and play live without a backing band or extra effects.EASE OF USE:Very easy to use. Recording 1, 2, or 8 tracks couldn't be easier to setup is very easy and intuitive.VALUE:The price is about right - not as expensive as the VS2000 but with a majority of the important features for recording live bands. You can mix and master and produce a CD all on the unit, although I personally use Cakewalk SONAR for that functionality after getting the WAV files off the BR-1600CDSOUND:Sound is great - I love the effects, they are very high quality. Pre-amps are pretty good, just keep single coiled pickups away from the unit and watch your gain settings.

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(67 of 102 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

8 tracks all at once makes it hard to beat for the price.

By JMB

from From LA to NYC... and in between

Comments about Boss BR-1600CD Multitrack Digital Recorder:

This is a first time experience with 123 for me, thanks to a very knowledgeable and flexible salesman (Thanks Doug) I was convinced to buy this unit. I'm looking forward to reducing the headaches of dual 4 tracks in my home office and the sludge sounds of our demos.

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