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Fostex MR8-MKII - 8-Track Portable Compact Flash Recorder

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Fostex MR8-MKII - 8-Track Portable Compact Flash Recorder

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The Fostex MR8 is an eight-track portable, battery-operated Digital Workstation/Recorder that uses a Compact Flash card as the storage medium of choice, and unlike many competitive models of this type, there are no restrictions on the capacity of the card - all current sizes are supported.

The MR8 analog inputs include two XLR Mic and two 1/4" Phone jacks, called "Guitar Inputs", which in fact support both Line and Hi-Impedance Instrument feeds. Both input sets are supported by the appropriate Simulator Effect inserts, offering both Mic and Amp presets. A built-in mic is also available. The work surface is graciously packed with dedicated knobs, faders and buttons; the musician/engineer is refreshingly unencumbered with sub-menus and mysterious multi-function buttons.

The MR8 sets a standard for value, ease of operation and portability. This unit is ideal for songwriter/musicians and bands on a budget but desiring a larger track count and a more produced and professional demo presentation. The AA battery operation and light weight of the unit offer additional benefits to remote recordists in the Film, Video and Broadcast fields as well.

Eight-Track Portable Recorder
High Track Count, Small Size
Built-In Effects
Large selection of Reverberators, Delays and Dynamics Effect Processing is available; Mastering Effects Group Available on separate Buss
Amp and Microphone Simulators
Mic types include Dynamic, Condenser and Tube; Amp types include Brit Stack, US Metal and 60's Combo
S/PDIF and USB Outputs
Flexible Connectivity with Computers, DATs, and CDRs
Familiar Analog Work Surface
Dedicated Faders, Knobs and Buttons facilitate operation
Mic and Line Inputs for Professional Connectivity
XLR and 1/4" inputs for wide compatibility
Flexible Power
The unit can operate via wall power or from six AA batteries
Type Compact Flash Card Recorder
Recording/Reading Methods VFAT Uncompressed, Normal and Extend Recording Modes, 16-bit linear
Recording Bit Rate Not Specified by Manufacturer
Recording Time Normal Mode - 25 min, 8 Tracks, 128 MB
Extend Mode - 50 min, 8 Tracks, 128 MB
Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz, 22.05 kHz
Number of Channels 4 Individual, 2 Stereo plus Stereo Master
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (Normal Mode)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Inputs 2 x XLR Female (Mic), 2 x 1/4" TRS Phone (Instrument)
Output 2 x 1/4"TRS Phone, 1 Optical SPDIF I/O, 1 USB Type B, MIDI
Headphone Output 2 x 1/4" TRS Phone
Power 6 x AA Batteries (Approx. 4 Hour Life) or AC Adapter
Dimensions (HxWxD) 2.56 x 11.14 x 8.46" (65 x 283 x 215mm)
Weight 3.53 lb (1.6kg)
Specialties 8-Track Recording
2 Simultaneous Track Recording
Built-In Effects with Amp and Microphone Simulation
USB Port
Uncompressed Audio
Built-In Microphone
Fostex MR8-MKII - 8-Track Portable Compact Flash Recorder
  • 128 MB Compact Flash Card
  • AD-12A AC Adapter
  • 1 Year Warranty
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