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BOSS BR-800 Portable Digital Recorder

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Connected to a PC, the BR-800 will function as a USB audio interface for recordings that utilize the internal effects. Recording onto an SD card and running from batteries, the supplied power adaptor, or even via USB, the BR-800 is designed to be easily portable. The BR-800's powerful onboard effects processor includes GT-10/10B effects, VE-20 vocal effects and harmonies, and COSM-based acoustic-guitar body modeling. I was close before with DAWs, but had always used dedicated USB audio interfaces without vocal/guitar amp modelling, I’d messed about with DAW effects plugins but quickly found out that latency reared it’s ugly head the more effects you applied to the monitor send.

You'll be amazed at how much processing power is built into this little device, and how great the effects sound.

There's no bass programming, but one of the insert effects for guitar is designed to shift the pitch so you get a bass guitar sound from your normal six-string. If building up a backing track from scratch is your preferred way of working, the onboard rhythm generator - a stereo track completely separate from the recording tracks and based on the DR-880 drum machine - has a grand total of 327 rhythm patterns including intros, verses, fills and endings in a variety of musical styles. I started my recording "career" with the Micro BR, went on to the BR 800, which came with a free version of Sonar. That aside it's business as usual - it's a portable, easy-to-operate machine that offers onboard rhythm programming and a host of onboard effects that can be recorded as part of the input signal, including some guitar and bass amp sims and effects derived, this time, from the GT-10/10B and vocal effects from the new VE-20.

AF (Adaptive Focus) method is a proprietary method from Roland that vastly improves the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio of the A/D and D/A converters.Beginners will love the new EZ Recording mode which interactively guides you through the recording process.

When using it in standard multitrack mode, it saves your recordings in it's own proprietary format, that is "HiFi (MT2) Roland/BOSS original format".

For a rubbish guitarist like me, then there are other more basic down-to-earth uses for the guitar input at times. The BR-800s powerful onboard effects processor includes GT-10/10B effects, VE-20 vocal effects and harmonies, and COSM-based acoustic guitar body modelling. A second mode is Song Sketch, designed for instant recording of wav files - ideal for those occasions where you want to grab song ideas before you forget them. A mobile phone released in 2010 wouldn't be worth half what you paid back then, if even sold today - for example. I'm at a point where I want to offload it but if there is any way to improve sound quality may reconsider.

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