Fostex MR-8 mkII 8-Track Digital Recorder

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An easy-to-use, go-anywhere multitrack recorder.

The Fostex MR-8 mkII Digital Multitrack Recorder makes capturing your music a snap thanks to its intuitive design and wealth of controls. All of the unit's major controls are placed on the top panel for easy access and a smooth workflow. Killer digital effects are built right in, as well as guitar amp and microphone simulators and handy mix-down effects. USB connectivity makes it simple to transfer your data for computer editing or CD burning with an external burner.

The MR-8 mkII records in 16-bit/44.1kHz Normal Mode or 16-bit/22.05kHz LP Mode for double the recording time. Records to CompactFlash (128MB card supplied). Self-illuminating keys and a 132x64 dot-matrix keep your status up-to-date at all times. Analog guitar distortion on Input A and DSP effects including reverb and delay give you no-fuss enhancement to your recordings.

  • 8-track recording onto CompactFlash Card (128MB card supplied )
  • High-quality sound recording and playback with uncompressed linear 16-bit/44.1kHz digital audio (normal mode)
  • 2 track simultaneous recording and 8 track playback
  • LP Mode (16-bit/22.05kHz) doubles the recording time
  • Dial knob for menu selection
  • +48V Phantom Power on both mic inputs
  • USB Host functionality
  • Improved 132 x 64 dot-matrix LCD and self-illuminating keys show current status
  • Improved built-in digital effects including reverb and delay
  • Guitar amp and microphone simulations
  • Black top panel design
  • Analog guitar distortion with dedicated knob on Input A
  • Full-track (8-track) bouncing to a new song (track 7/8) for PC transfer and CD burning
  • Mastering effects for stereo bus
  • USB port for stereo WAV file transfer to and from PC
  • AC and Battery (6 x AA alkaline cells) operation (Approx. 4 hours maximum
  • operation time with batteries)
  • Built-in microphone
  • Two headphone outs

MR-8 mkII 8-Track Digital Recorder Specifications:

  • Recording/Reproduction
    Recording Medium: CompactFlash
    Recording Time: Approx. 6 minutes (8-track on 256MB CF) Normal Mode
    Recording Format: FAT16
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz (Normal Mode), 22.05kHz (LP Mode)
    Quantization: 16-bit linear (non-compression)
    A/D Converter: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
    D/A Converter: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
    No. of Recording Track: 8 tracks maximum
    No. of Simultaneous Rec.: 2 tracks
    Recording/Reproduction Frequency: 20Hz-20kHz (Normal Mode)
    Dynamic Range: 87dB or more (typical) (Normal Mode)
    T.H.D.: 0.05% or less (typical) (Normal Mode)

    Analog In (INPUT A/B)
    Connector: XLR-3-31 type (Pin2:hot) and 1/4" TRS phone
    Input Level: -48dBV (MIC) - +4dBV (LINE)
    Input Impedance: 1.5k ohm or more, 400kOhm or more (GUITAR on INPUT A)
    Phantom Power: P48V (on/off selectable)
    Stereo Out (L, R)
    Connector: 1/4" stereo phone
    Output Level: -10dBV (unbalance)
    Load Impedance: 10kOhm or more
    Headphones (PHONE 1, 2)
    Connector: 2 x 1/4" stereo phone
    Max. Output: 30mW or more (@32 ohm)
    Load Impedance: 16Ohm or more

    MIDI Out
    Connector: DIN 5 pin
    Format: MIDI Standard

    Foot Switch
    Connector: 1/4" phone
    Level: TTL level

    USB 2.0 HI-SPEED
    Connector: B Type
    USB 1.1 (Host Function)
    Connector: A Type

    Dimensions: 11-1/4"W x 2-1/2"H x 8-3/5"D
    Weight: 4lb.
    Power Requirement: DC12V, 400mA
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Good portable 8 track recorder


from Seattle WA

Comments about Fostex MR-8 mkII 8-Track Digital Recorder:

I bought this recorder as a companion to my MR8HD. This device works nearly identical to that other recorder, so I can switch between them without having to retool my brain. That said, I would have purchased this recorder even if I didn't already have other Fostex products. This is a very handy recorder for portable use. While it's not one of those hand-held portables, it has the advantage of 8 tracks instead of just 2 or 4. The built-in mic is reasonable quality, but for really good recording you need an external mic. I am amazed at how long the batteries last, even with phantom power turned on. This is not one of those pocket-recorders. This is a field recorder. You will need a pair of headphones and at least 1 mic for good recording. But it is small enough that it is easy for me to package it up and take camping with me to record in the woods. It records 2 tracks at a time. If you are guitar player/singer, you can plug your guitar directly into input 1 and a mic into input 2. By bouncing tracks to new folders, you can record more than the specified 8 tracks. This process is pretty easy, once you get the hang of it. Or you can download the tracks into a PC and edit/mix in another software package. If your PC has a CF card reader (like mine has) you don't actually need to use the USB interface. Just pull the CF card out and pop it into your PC. You will still need the the Fostex software that reformats the recorded data into standard WAV files for the PC. But the software works either with the USB interface or a CF card reader.

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