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BossMicro BR Portable 4-Track Digital Recorder
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Versatile (7)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Low distortion (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Home studio (5)
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4.0

Great Quality, Hard to figure out ctrls

By 7DShorts

from Demarest NJ

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Great for price
  • Low Distortion
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Band rec with a mixer
  • Home Studio
  • Manual audio for video

Comments about Boss Micro BR Portable 4-Track Digital Recorder:

I use the Micro Br in line with my Rolls Mixer to record audio for my canon 7D. This is a perfect setup because i use the rolls for all the inputs i need (XLR, AV, Mini, 1/4). I have a rode ntg2 at this point and i have no complaints about background hiss and whatnot.
So great for the price.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Practicing has never been so much fun

By Mom the Musician

from Jacksonville, FL

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Sound
  • Lots of built in features
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Improve your playing

    Comments about Boss Micro BR Portable 4-Track Digital Recorder:

    I have been having lots of fun using the Micro BR. Since I play more than one instrument, I have been really enjoying creating a track (piano -- which I'm good at), to practice along with (alto sax or guitar -- which need more practice). Sometimes I record the second (or third) instrument too to hear how I sound.
    Since I only record one instrument at a time, the Boss Micro BR is an ideal tool. If you want to record multiple instruments at once, it may not be the best solution.

    I do not have much experience with other recording equipment (or recording in general), and professional recording is not my intended purpose. With that in mind, here is a list of some features I particularly enjoy:
    1. rhythm -- I do not own a drum machine. I really love that with the Micro BR I can program a drum arrangement to play along with. And it does not even use up a track!
    2. effects -- the Micro BR comes with lots of built in effects. Again, I have never used effects before and would otherwise not purchase the hardware to do so. So I really like this feature.
    3. tuner -- it's a small thing, but very convenient to have a digital tuner built in
    4. great editing features -- there's so much you can do in digital recording!! Moving, copying, inserting, looping, punch-in/out automatically etc.
    5. The recorder is tiny!
    6. The MP3 function allows you to play along with the songs you're trying to learn. You can even slow down the playback or remove the center (or other) frequencies.

    Before I bought the Micro BR, I read lots of reviews. One of the complaints that I saw again and again was that it is not so easy to use. I do not find this to be a problem. As with anything worthwhile, there is a some learning curve. The first time (or few times) you do something, you will need to do it with the manual open. But once you get the hang of it it's not a big deal.

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    5.0

    Nice unit - needs memory update

    By GuitarMike

    from Newyorkachusetts, CT

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • MP3 Encoder
    • PC Interface
    • Powered Electret Jack
    • Powerful
    • Simple Looping Function
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Mobile recording
      • Practicing
      • Pre-Production

      Comments about Boss Micro BR Portable 4-Track Digital Recorder:

      I've used this to record shows, pre-production sessions, multipart songs, almost everything and it just keeps finding uses. I have a DAW system but this is so easy and portable not to mention it boots and loads in less than 15 seconds. One of the best pieces of gear I've ever had. Definitely the most versatile.

      I bought a tiny 3.5mm Sony electret stereo mic the BR supports with its powered input and the sound is excellent. What you hear is what you get.

      It came in handy to pre my bass going into the DAW because it has some basic bass effects.

      I use this thing almost everyday so I use a standard Boss pedal power adaptor (~$20) to keep from worrying about batteries (Trust me - you NEED it. It will go through 2AA's in about 3-4 hours of use). It only reads up to 1G SD cards and they are getting scarce so a firmware upgrade is needed.

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      5.0

      Recorder

      By Geoff

      from Indiana, USA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Fairly easy to use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Boss Micro BR Portable 4-Track Digital Recorder:

      I bought this to replace my old 4 track tandberg reel to reel. I have transfered most of my old tapes, which date back to the 60's, to a SD card via the Micro BR. I like the unit but had to spend a little time reading the manual - as operating the unit is not quite standard like an MP3 player. The batteries do not last long so I had to purchase a power supply.

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      4.0

      Great portable device

      By Nick

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Boss Micro BR Portable 4-Track Digital Recorder:

      Good things:
      * really small
      * can play mp3 (and slow down mp3)
      * many effects
      * takes SD card to extend built-in memory
      * compatible with BR-600 (although only plays first four tracks)
      * perfect for practicing/playing with headphone

      Bad things:
      * doesn't remember settings on shutdown: everytime it picks a horrible default effect.
      * doesn't handle all SD cards well; Can only use 1GB, even if card is larger
      * battery runs out very quick
      * not many buttons: takes time to change setting or function
      * no 1/4 inch output -> hard to use it as preamp

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      5.0

      MICRO BR exactly what I needed

      By E

      from Danbury, CT

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Boss Micro BR Portable 4-Track Digital Recorder:

        I think the MICRO BR was probably designed as a guitarists companion for spur of the moment ideas. However, as a singer songwriter that does not play an instrument it was exactly what I needed. It has enabled me to lay down as many vocal harmony tracks as I can think of while singing base lines, guitar riffs, and horn parts which I can then convert to an MP3 to pass on to my musicians to communicate my ideas very effectively. The only problem I have run into are infrequent SD card errors if I overload the tracks with too many start and stop recorded parts. In these instances MP3 files cant be written. I have totally worked my MICRO BR over (all paint worn off) and it has been extremely durable. It would be nice if a newer version was compatable with SD cards of greater than 2 MB capacity. Another perk is my guitar player also has one which allows us to hand vocal and guitar parts back and forth to build on each others ideas when we dont have time to get together. Overall a very reasonably priced buy which is very versatile.

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        4.0

        Made me a better musician

        By wastedmoses

        from montana

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Powerful
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Boss Micro BR Portable 4-Track Digital Recorder:

          A portable 4 track ya, but also the guitar effects drum machine and an external microphone make this a truly versatile tool.
          eats up the batteries like crazy though

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          5.0

          A great little machine

          By guitar learner

          from North Carolina

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Takes time to learn

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Boss Micro BR Portable 4-Track Digital Recorder:

          This is a great little stand alone multitrack recorder that does also has a simple drum machine, and tuner. My only complaint is that it takes a little time to get learn how to use it. However, once you learn to use it, there are so many possibilities.

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