The BBR1 BLACKBOX RECORDER from JoeCo is a standalone, USB based, 24-track hard disc recorder that has been specifically designed for recording live events. The unit plugs into any standard live mixing console via the normal insert points, and not only allows for the capture of the performance, but can also record the sound check to help set fold back mixes, and allow the performers to hear the live mix for themselves. In difficult acoustic spaces it lets the sound engineer achieve the best balance without exhausting the band with endless rehearsals before the gig.
A number of specific features have been added to make it suitable and safe in a live environment. These include built-in analog relays that will pass through the audio in the event of a power failure at the unit, playback lockout so that a previous recording isn't accidentally triggered, protection against accidentally ending a recording and virtual sound checking. Some features often found in other multi-track machines are not present such as overdubbing and punch in facilities.
Audio is directly recorded onto a removable USB2 disk drive with up to 24-bit/96 kHz resolution, and because the recorder uses the Broadcast WAV file format, the drive can be immediately plugged into a Digital Audio Workstation after the gig for editing and mixing. No copying or reassembling of your studio is required, and you have every mixer input recorded and available to create the perfect live remix. For really large multi-track recordings, multiple BLACKBOX RECORDER units can be chained together and operated from a single control surface.
The unit has been designed to be as simple as possible to operate, recognizing that during a live performance the sound engineer will naturally need to concentrate on the sound, and not operating a recorder. Additionally, if the record button is pressed again whilst in record, the recorder will automatically start a new recording so that each song can be easily identified later. To end a recording requires the STOP button to be held for two seconds to ensure that the recording cannot be stopped accidentally.