Boss Micro BR BR-80 Multitrack Digital 8-Track Recorder & USB Audio Interface

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87 out of 100. Incorporating 550+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$260
Boss Micro BR BR-80

The Boss Micro BR BR-80 is a portable multitrack recorder that fits in your pocket and is designed for use by all musicians, but it comes with some special features specifically designed for guitarists including Roland's COSM amp and effect emulators.

It has three modes you can use it in:

  1. MTR - multi-track recorder
  2. eBand - jam along with prerecorded tracks
  3. Live Rec - record using the built-in stereo condenser mic

Main Features:

  • Simultaneous recording tracks: 2
  • Tracks playback/mix simultaneously: 8
  • Virtual tracks: 64
  • Inputs: 1 x Guitar/Mic and 1 x line level
  • Outputs: Phones/Line out + USB
  • Sample rate: 44.1kHz
  • Bit rate: 24-bit
  • On-board effects: EQ, reverb, 40 amp models, mastering tools, vocal processing including doubling, harmony effects, pitch correction and more
  • Effects send: No
  • USB audio interface: 2 channels
  • Storage medium: SD/SDHC card - up to 32GB
  • Export tracks to computer: Yes

Pros

The main thing owners praise the Boss Micro BR BR-80 for are its portability, clean sound, and that it's a great device for capturing musical ideas. It has been particularly well-received by guitarists for its amp modeling features allowing you to plug your guitar in directly, even when using pedals.

Cons

The negative reviews focus on the difficulty in using the export function, and a few users report difficulty using the control wheel. There are also some complaints about the fact that the A/C adapter is sold separately, however, it also runs on USB Bus power or 2 AA batteries.

Overall

Overall, if you're looking for something portable you can record ideas with at any time, and intend to use it as an audio interface, then you'll find the Boss Micro BR BR-80 fits the bill nicely, but you wouldn't want it to be your primary platform for producing music on - it's best thought of as a 'sketch-pad' for recording.

Comments

My Encoder Wheel was

My Encoder Wheel was defective from first one I got. They replaced it then the wheel went bad again , they fix it then it failed again after now warranty was over. I put aside > now I see many have had this isse , yet Boss fails to acknowledge this or repair again. Nor help me by even offering shipping free if I agree to pay to fix which after 3 times I am afraid to invest more. I wish Boss purchasers of this item who have this Scroll Encoder Wheel issue would band together and get Boss to fix or design a better wheel. First Boss product I have that failed on me and I have many to date. To note their customer service has gone way down hill. hard to contact and hard to find a person who would help knowing I had issues with this unit since new.

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