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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2007, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Just Brought a Roland BR1600CD Home

my drummer bought it late last year and hasn't learned much about it so he dropped it off with me so i can learn how to operate it and get some fresh recordins of our band.
seems like i'll have my hands full for the next couple weeks with it but i'm looking forward to unlocking its potential.
he even offered to sell it to me for a very nice price so he can purchase other gear. definitely being taken into consideration but i need to get comfortable with it first. wish me luck!

****can someone change my heading to BR1600cd please. D'OH!!!

i worked with it until late last night and i'm just starting to get the hang of how to do a little on it. i need some nice reference monitors now. it's a very nice machine for what it does.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-08-2007, 08:37 AM
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Re: Just Brought a Roland BR1200CD Home

As far as reference monitors. I'm using the Alesis M1 Actives. I am quite happy with them.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-17-2007, 01:33 PM
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Re: Just Brought a Roland BR1600CD Home

I'd use a PC everyday over one of these things, i found them an absolute nightmare for editing
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-17-2007, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Just Brought a Roland BR1600CD Home

it seems ok for the money but not using it with a computer is a little tricky and can be more than frustrating at times. i wasted 7 CDs before i finally figured out how to normalize my tracks correctly. i was trying to finish up some work my other band mates started. the tracks needed normalizing but they way they put the tracks in the hard drive i haven't been able to get them spaced and in order like they should be.....basically be able to seperate the tracks. they came out as one 38 minute track rather than 9-10 individual songs.
i have lots more to learn about this thing and see lots of potential for this recorder. i would have never bought this model but would have rather gotten the BR900CD to use in my teaching studio so the students would go home with their lesson material on CD. having the full drum tracks, FX and CD burner built in would be perfect for my applications with my students.

if i was given the chance to buy what i wanted i would buy the biggest Mac with all the needed hardward and software. i don't have that kind of dough to lay down but possibly one day. in the meantime, i'll work with this machine the best i can - good or bad.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-17-2007, 06:42 PM
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Re: Just Brought a Roland BR1600CD Home

todd, i use sonar 6 pe with the waves plug-ins and the L3 is a mastering plug-in that gets the levels super hot. pc's give you way more flexibility and are upgradeable, unlike standalone DAWs. i used to use a yamaha md-8 back in the day and went 100% pc. now i have a full fledged 24 track simultaneous with unlimited listening tracks. i can record, edit, mix, master from one workstation. way more efficient for a recording studio. standalones are great for recording performances and bringing them home, they are just too complicated for efficient recording. i use the krk rp-8 powered monitors and a proficient s12 for my sub. proficient is a home audio sub, but for the $150 special my local parts house was letting them go for, it definitely beat out the rp-10 that would have "matched" my setup...for half the price!
BTW, good luck on the sale.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-18-2007, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Just Brought a Roland BR1600CD Home

Thanks Rich, I'm trying and I'm kinda suprised noone is interested at this point for that price. If I had more time I would personally list it on the 'Bay and actually make some $ over what my drummer is asking for it.

I will probably get the little micro version for home stuff and to get tracks for my students to practice to. It seems nice for the price
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-18-2007, 10:32 AM
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Re: Just Brought a Roland BR1600CD Home

I use a Roland VS890 to record. I have Fostex monitors that sound pretty nice.. I love Roland's digital recorders. they are very easy to use and their customer support is godly
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-29-2007, 10:36 AM
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Re: Just Brought a Roland BR1600CD Home

Sorry to jump in on the convo. Cud I just ask- what's ur opinion on the BR1600CD? is it version 2? A friend of mine is considering getting one im jst wonderin on whether i shud encourage him or discourage him to get it
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-29-2007, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Just Brought a Roland BR1600CD Home

It only only a few months old so I would guess it is ver2, but not sure.

It is a good unit with alot of features. Many people are using computer based recording programs that are more powerful but for what it is it is a great unit.

My drummer has fallen on hard times so I now have the unit listed in the classifieds for dirt cheap and bought myself the Micro BR for an idea sketch pad in the meantime.
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