Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder  

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The world's smallest guitar recording studio.

The Boss MICRO BR is the ultimate palmtop guitar companion and recording studio. Only slightly larger than an iPod, it offers four simultaneous playback tracks plus 32 virtual tracks, as well as MP3 compatibility, effects, rhythm patterns, a tuner, USB port, microphone, an SD card slot, and more. Only 5-3/8"W x 3-3/16"H x 7/8"D, it gives you over a dozen front panel controls. The included 128MB SD card allows over an hour of mono recording.

Four tracks and more
At its core, the MICRO BR is a four-track studio with four simultaneous playback tracks and two simultaneous record/input tracks. Each of the four main playback tracks also has eight companion V-Tracks (for a total of 32), so you can record take after take after take, then pick your best material for final mixdown.

Drum machine and effects onboard
Given the MICRO BR's small size and low price, you might be surprised to find two big features onboard. First it has almost 300 drum patterns. Use them for play-along inspiration or even as song foundations. The rhythms don't consume any of the four playback tracks--they play back independently. The second is a quality multi-effects processor including a time-stretch algorithm for changing the tempo of your audio tracks without changing pitch--a great tool for both audio editing and phrase training. The Time Stretch feature can also be used with MP3 data; the MICRO BR's Center Cancel feature can be applied to MP3 data as well.

MP3 compatibility
The MICRO BR is capable of loading and playing MP3 files. Load up your favorite guitar hero song via USB, slow down the tempo with no pitch change, and learn all of your favorite licks. You can even use the MICRO BR as a standard MP3 player. All of your data is stored on convenient SD (Secure Digital) media found in common electronics shops. The included 128MB card, for example, can record approximately 65 minutes of audio when one mono track is selected.

For greater portable protection check out the BA-MBR-S Silicone Rubber Case (703129) made by Roland specifically for the Micro BR.

Features

  • Ultraportable palmtop recorder
  • 4-track playback
  • 32 virtual tracks
  • Loads and plays MP3 files
  • Multi-effects processor
  • Dedicated guitar input
  • Time-stretch and center cancel features
  • 293 rhythm patterns
  • Tuner
  • Microphone
  • USB port for data transfer
  • SD card slot for recording media (128MB card included)

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5.0

Incredible Tool

By Ashi

from PA

I have had this for one week. Incredibly useful product, very well designed. You can play and record along side imported .mp3 and .wav files. If you have Sony Acid or similar software you can record your own songs and import them to lay down guitar tracks. Slow down songs to learn them or loop sections for learning and laying down solos. Auto punch in to record solos, hear them immediately and record again if your not satisfied. Copy, paste and cut sections to the same track or different tracks based on time or measures. Record a measure and paste it multiple times and in multiple places within a track or other tracks to build songs without having to play it all the way through. An arsenal or drum tracks with multiple kits within each style (no bass lines). You can mix your tracks and export them in either an .mp3 or .wav format as well. Has a built in tuner as well. Considering the size of this unit, the Boss effects and sounds are incredible. Initial learning curve is high, so be patient, read the manual and try one section at a time. The functionality and features make perfect sense after you play with it a while. This is a great tool for the musician wanting to record their ideas without having to wait for the band. Also a great device for the novice learning to write songs, play solos or scales. Drawbacks - battery drainer, buy the adaptor for home use. Comes with 128 card, buy a 1 gig as I believe that is the max the unit can handle. The biggest complaint you read about this unit is that is doesnt save the tempo of any recorded song. In order to do so, you need to create an arrangement for each song (you get 5 drum arrangements per song). You dont want to have to waste your time and do this for every song, so a work around is to create one template file and create 5 different styles (rock, jazz, hip hop, etc.) of drum arrangements within it. Make a copy of that and use it for every new song you create. Then, pick one of your five arrangements and modify the tempo, drums an arrangement to suit that song. Doing this will save you a HUGE amount of time and effort.

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4.0

Very nice FX and recording gadget

By hawkwind digital

from NashVegas

Surprised by this very handy and feature rich Digital Recorder... I've only had it for about a week and I think it is seriously COOL. This is a very recorder for an on the road guitar composer to lay down a few demo songs and ideas. Meets all my expectations and more... It gets 4 stars only for the fact that being used to more traditional analogue recording tools this is a tough one to get use to exploiting.

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(65 of 107 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Great Addition to learning!

By Regina

from Texas

Well, I just love the item. You can play along with the song so that the tempo is right on or you can play along with songs by first slowing the play down without losing "pitch" and then speeding up as you learn the notes. I bought a 2 GByte stick from a retail store (a steal) but even though the boss put their "folders" on the chip I found that it would not play the mpgs I put on it. I then found out that I needed to format the chip from the Boss first (do not do this through your computer system) and then place the mpgs into the appropriate folder on the chip. Do not attach the Boss to your computer for it is very slow. Use a card reader instead. But if you do not mind the speed then go for it. Also, be aware that it is a battery drainer. If you can, buy the adapter and use it when ever you can. Don't get me wrong, I still love the item for I can play and use the effects and drums through the headphones with out annoying anyone. But it does not play well through an amp for it gives some buzzing noice. Hmmm... who knows maybe this can be fixed on a later version. It also has a turner up to a 7 string. I also use the effects (drums) as the metronome so it basically have everything one needs for learning a lesson. Everything is great even the thought put into the packaging but the casing itself is the only thing I worry about for the plastic is very cheap and looks easy to crack. That is the only thing I can think they did wrong with the Boss hence the 4 stars.

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(49 of 91 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Great Addition to learning!

By Regina

from Texas

Well, I just love the item. You can play along with the song so that the tempo is right on or you can play along with songs by first slowing the play down without losing "pitch" and then speeding up as you learn the notes. I bought a 2 GByte stick from a retail store (a steal) but even though the boss put their "folders" on the chip I found that it would not play the mpgs I put on it. I then found out that I needed to format the chip from the Boss first (do not do this through your computer system) and then place the mpgs into the folder of the chip. Do not attach the Boss to your computer for it is very slow. Use a card reader instead. But if you do not mind the speed then go for it. Also, it is a battery drainer. If you can, buy the adapter and use it when ever you can. Don't get me wrong, I still love the item

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