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The best tool for both recording and practicing that I've found in a long time!


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Comments I got this for Christmas 2010 as I needed a tool to record ideas, riffs etc. without breaking the bank.
It comes with a power adapter, a memory card (SD size, max 1MB) and 2x AA batteries. And a big booklet that you´ll spend more time reading than not the first few days.
I was surprised by the many options I was given with this multi-recorder. As for recording your riffs and ideas it's quite uncomplicated. What makes it complicated is that the Micro BR allows you to do so much more without having good intuitive ways of letting you.
The built in effects and drum patterns gives you a large portion of flexibility though many of the effects are more "fun" than usable. The drum patterns holds a much higher standard, though the effects can be altered to a certain degree.
What makes the Micro BR somewhat complex is due to its compact size. There is no room for enough buttons to make it intuitive and you are forced to memorize a number of routes to the most common operations.
You can record both guitar and bass (via Jack in, no funny plugs required), voice via the internal microphone and add rhythms with the drum patterns. There is four tracks available and you can set the levels, effects etc for each rack as you wish. You can also create an mp3 file once you have bounced your tracks together and mastered it.

Included is a track I recorded some time ago. Though it is possible to do punch-ins on the tracks I did not do it on this example.
http://www.mp3upload.ca/upload/38010-Searching%20For%20Satch.mp3

*Note that this product has now been replaced by Boss as a newer model is recently released


Liked about it - Lots of effects and drum patterns available.
- Small and compact sized.
- Great for recording ideas and riffs.


Didn't like - Unintuitive menu.
- Memory card cannot be larger than 1MB. A 2 MB card can be used but only 1MB of the cards capacity will be used.
- The overall quality of the guitar effects are poor.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By hp29
Aug 20, 2011
 
Last updated: August 24, 2011
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BOSS does it again--practice and record all in one! featured

Comments Having owned several recording workstations throughout the years, with my first being a Tascam Porta .005 back in 1988, I can say I have dealt with many of these, including my current BOSS BR1600-CD. The Micro BR is a great little unit that literally fits in your back pocket. It is a little 4-track version of their BR line (BR600, BR1600, etc.) but is built for simplicity and quick laying-down of ideas. Don't let that fool you, though--the quality on the Micro BR is AWESOME!! I keep this thing by my bed and when an idea strikes, I throw in a quick drum track (choosing from the MANY pre-loaded drum patterns) and record a little guitar part using one of the 75+ COSM amp models built into the recorder. Again, these are no cheap imitations, these are real BOSS COSM amp models. The beauty is, it doesn't stop with recording. BOSS has enlisted some of their clinicians to put together some MP3 backing tracks that can be used for practicing your chops. How great is that? Download the clips from the BOSS site, load them on to the included SD memory card, and you're off and ripping to one of the killer backing tracks. For $199 US, I can't find another tool to rival all of the features of the BOSS Micro BR as a recording, mastering, and practice tool. Oh--did I forget? It has all the tools you need to master your tracks as well so you can export completed songs with vocals and all (either recorded via the included condenser mic or a USB-connected mic). Again, the sound quality put out by the Micro BR is all-pro, all BOSS.

05_SlammingRockE_180[1].mp3



Liked about it An immense amount of features in a small package.
Quality sounds--no corner-cutting in this unit.
Intuitive and easy to use, especially if you've used other BOSS recorders before.


Didn't like A lot of menu flipping due to limited screen real estate, but TOTALLY worth it!


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By racerevlon
Feb 22, 2010
 
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Portable and Powerful

Comments I remember the chrome tape eating, button festooned 4 tracks of the 1980's. You virtually needed a degree to get them to do anything other than hiss at you. Imagine my surprise when I picked up the Boss MicroBR and found a versatile and predominantly easy to use digital four track studio for about a third of the money my brother had paid for his 20 years earlier.

I have had the Boss for about 4 years now (I think) and whilst I haven't recorded as much as I though I would on it, it has been a constant feature on my desk at home since then.

Basically it offers you the chance to produce a credible demo in a pretty short time period and output it to an MP3 file. You can lay down a drum arrangement from the library of existing beats as well as defining the native BPM of the track. The drum kit actually sounds pretty credible, and amazing when you consider that this isn't exactly a purpose built drum machine. The MicroBR features a 6mm jack to plug in guitar or bass, both of which have their own effects and amp simulators ready to use or customise to your preferences. This for me is really where the micrcoBR stands out. The onboard effects etc. are pretty good. So good in fact that I used this as my practice amp for years, when you add in a guitar tuner as well, you can see why. There is also an internal mic which can record intruments or vocals straight in. For a microphone as small as it is it does a good job.

With the virtual track function you can save different versions of the same track to be reviewed before the final mix down. Output files are either wav or MP3. This is done by either inserting the SD memory card into a reader, or by hooking up the unit to a PC using a USB cable.

The real missed opportunity for me is that you can't use the USB in real time. This would have made the MicroBR so much more powerful and useful, still you can't have everything

All in all, if you want a portable 4 track recorder that can offer you the ability to record a range of instruments, with effects and other multitrack wizardy then the MicroBR is definitely worth a look


Liked about it Good quality amp simulation and effects
Realistic sounding drum tracks
Internal mic is very useful


Didn't like Can be a little complex to use, don't lose the manual. Menus are a bit fiddly too
No realtime audio USB interface.
Quite power hungry on batteries and can only be mains powered using Boss adapter. I find that annoying.
NOt that heavy, which means that the weight of the cable keeps pulling it onto the floor


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By nickcoumbe
Jul 20, 2010
 
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High quality, practice pro Tool.

Comments The MicroBR is a 4-track same-time recorder but can handle up to 32 I think. It comes with COSM engine with lot of pre-sets, and is NOT low-profile, this got real GOOD effects. It has Pre-Amp, Amp, Effect, Delay and more. This thing can also be used as a MP3 player, and you can play with it! Also it has a computed MP3 speed control where you can simply practice with your MP3 at the desired speed! This IS a must if you want quality sound, practice, and all this in a such small device! This got multi-inputs but only a headphone output.


Liked about it -This thing sounds so good, I do use it like a pedal and plug it into my amp.
-You get real good control over your tone, effect and etc. This is really customisable.
-Portable! Just bring it and plug into speakers!


Didn't like -Not Enough delay possibilities, I use it with other delay hardware.
-Batteries get used fast, keep your power adapter!
-Problems with volume from 1 guitar to another, really need to set this up.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.5

By Phenixer
Jun 30, 2010
 
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