Fostex VF160EX 16-Track Recorder with CD Burner  

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A complete digital audio studio!

Greater software reliability and faster CD writing/reading make the popular Fostex VF160EX 16-Track Recorder with CD Burner better than ever. Built-in CDR drive provides one-stop convenience. The recording engine features a total of 16 tracks, plus 8 virtual tracks. Simultaneous 16-track recording (using 8 analog ins and ADAT lightpipe for additional 8) to a large-capacity 40GB Maxtor hard disk gives you hours of recording time, and FDMS-3 technology enables more efficient disk and CPU usage for more track minutes without data compression, plus faster editing and DSP operations. Its superb digital mixer provides 60mm faders for all 16 channels, 3-band EQ with parametric mid and high, master EQ, channel and master compressors, 8 mic inputs, ADAT optical I/O, 2 effect sends and 2 aux sends per channel, and 99 mix scene memory. It also comes with 2 independent multi-effects DSPs including a preset library with great effects. Other special new features include Scrub Zoom, Fader Pairing, Channel Solo, BPM Delay, Event Map Locate, and Locate to Last Rec Point.

  • Internal 40GB E-IDE Maxtor hard drive
  • Built-in CDR drive
  • Total of 16 tracks
  • 8 virtual tracks
  • 40GB hard dis k
  • 8 mic inputs
  • ADAT optical I/O
  • 2 independent multi-effects DSPs
  • Fader Pairing
  • Channel Solo
  • BPM delays 2 - XLR channel ins; 2 - 1/4" TRS send/return; ADAT; S/PDIF; MIDI; 2 - 1/4" monitor jacks; 1/4" stereo headphone jack; 1/4" jack - AUX send (TIP: send 1/RING: send 2); RCA out (L, R); 1/4" footswitch jack
  • 60mm faders for all 16 channels
  • 3-band EQ with parametric mid and high
  • Master EQ
  • Channel and master compressors
  • 2 effect sends and 2 aux sends per channel

VF160EX 16-Track Recorder with CD Burner Specifications:

  • FDMS-3 (Fostex Disk Management System-3 ver. 1)
  • Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz
  • Quantization: 16-bit linear (non-compressed)
  • ADC 20-bit 64-time oversampling Delta/Sigma
  • DAC 24-bit 128-time oversampling Delta/Sigma
  • 16 tracks + 8 virtual tracks; maximum 16 track play and simultaneous recording
  • Pitch control: ±6%
  • Crossfade 10ms
  • Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz
  • Dynamic range 88dB or more
  • THD >0.01% (typical)
  • Crosstalk: 60dB or more @1kHz
  • Equalizer: Low - 400Hz +/-18dB (Shelving); Mid - 500Hz—20.2kHz +/-18dB (Parametric); Hi - 500Hz—20.2kHz +/-18dB (Parametric, Shelving)
  • I/O: 8 - 1/4" jacks plus 2 - XLR channel ins; 2 - 1/4" TRS send/return; ADAT; S/PDIF; MIDI; 2 - 1/4" monitor jacks; 1/4" stereo headphone jack; 1/4" jack - AUX send (TIP: send 1/RING: send 2); RCA out (L, R); 1/4" footswitch jack
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I recommend this unit

By Todd Kreigh

from Oklahoma

I bought a Fostex DMT-8VL 8-track recorder several years ago and hated it. Very obtuse, no onboard effects whatsoever. I never did make a decent recording with it. I don't know what possessed me to give Fostex another shot, but I'm glad I did. The VF160EX is very intuitive. The manual is somewhat helpful, not great, but it's a passable reference. I had no trouble syncing up and transferring MIDI tracks from my KORG workstation, and recording additional audio tracks on the Fostex. I appreciate this unit's onboard effects and built-in compression. I have made a CD-quality album with it. I usually use an outboard CD-recorder but I've used the built-in one in the Fostex. Works great. I especially like the mixdown feature, which is very easy to use. I have pushed the unit's features to about half the total capability, and it's done everything I needed it to do so far. Can't beat it, if all you need is 16-bit/44khz.

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Useful Tool

By Ravin

from Chicago

I was not experienced at all with home recording when I bought this, so I had nothing to fall back on. I have made some decent recordings with this. The manual was difficult to read, but once I got through it I have been happy with the equipment.

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(7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


compact,inexpensive,great sound


from Los Angeles area

My first digital recorder; used to use 8 trackcassette. much better sound, 16 tracks (14 if youuse internal mixdown),excellent compression andreverb/echo effects,splendid EQ all built-in, plusinternal CD burner. Total all-in-one quality homerecording, plus small and compact with carrycase.I am very satisfied. DOWNSIDES: POOR ENGLISHTRANSLATION MANUAL HARD TO READ; TOUCHY INPUTJACKS WITH NO HEADROOM,WATCH FOR PEAK LIGHTS

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By Booyashaka

from Michigan

Everyone is right about this, great recorder, horrible manual. Apparently these manuals are first written in Japanese or Chinese and then translated into English, so i can see where the problems come from. Wonderful quality, 16 tracks is almost more than enough, and a great deal.

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(22 of 41 customers found this review helpful)


Great deck/miserable manual

By Don-ZeEpy

from Central PA

I've had this deck for about two months. I still can't believe the clarity of the recordings!(which means you better be good at isolating unwanted sounds--like my beagle snoring on the couch). It's both flexible and powerful. The only caveat is the owner's manual--it was translated directly from Japanese. There's over 150 pages with no glossary or index. They add to the frustration with insane comments like "please see a later page for more info." Good luck finding that later page.

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It's a honey for the money

By Otis bacon

from Northern Michigan

This is a compact and efficient recorder. If bells and whistles are your thing, then you'd better spend more. If, however, you don't need amp modeling and a built-in drum machine, then you really get what you need here to produce good quality demo cd's. I was able to hook this up and start recording immediately. The only real challenge is learning the sequence of buttons for some functions. I have found over time that some of the buttons have to be pushed very firmly to get response. The faders have been excellent in response. You can store all effects, eq, and fader settings. The product ads are a bit deceiving in that you can only record 8 tracks simultaneously with the unit as it comes. You have to ad on adat options to record 16 track simultaneously. All in all, this is a slick little unit for the composer and musician.

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from San Francisco Bay Area

Great recorder/mixer. Very flexible and easy to use. Sound quality is clear and clean. On-board effects are very good. It's also solidly built. Mine came with a 40 gig drive which takes care of my jam band needs of recording for four hours straight. I'm very happy with the purchase.

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Just like the studio

By Steve F

from Colorado

I purchased this Fostex about a month ago, as long as you follow their directions, you're OK. I had trouble with some "hits" at the beginning of my song I burned onto a CD, then found out you need to leave some space up front (about 3 seconds) then the problem is solved. I'm happy with that mix, I take this machine over to my Drummers house, Guitar player's house, it's that portable and easy to record. All you do is plug it in and follow directions. I've gone into studios and paid some good money to record my songs, this will pay for itself, and has the same quality as studios on my first song. The best thing is you don't have to listen to some engineer whine about the vocals being too loud, you can mix your songs any damn way YOU want them.

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Great Machine...solid and sounds good

By Chad Tavvis

from Chicago area

I had the original VF-160 with the CD drive, but it was stolen, so I got the new VF-160EX, which is basically the same exact thing, but with a different paint job! :-)Some things seem a little different (the built in drive seems to be a little more heavy duty), and I think some of the effects are different, but all in all it seems to be about the same as the old one, but at a lower price, and that's OK by me!!This is a well built recorder that is very portable, sounds great, is reliable, and allows you to burn CD's on the spot. VERY COOL.

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