JoeCo BBR1-B BLACKBOX RECORDER - Multi-Track Recorder for Live Applications (Balanced)

JoeCo BBR1-B BLACKBOX RECORDER - Multi-Track Recorder for Live Applications (Balanced)

JoeCo BBR1-B BLACKBOX RECORDER - Multi-Track Recorder for Live Applications (Balanced)

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  • Standalone
  • 24-Tracks
  • Records to USB 2.0 Drives
  • Built-In Analog Relays
  • Playback Lockout
  • Accidental-Ending-Record Protection
  • Zero Latency
  • BWF Format for Instant DAW Integration
  • 24-bit/96kHz
  • Balanced I/O
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JoeCo BBR1-B overview

  • 1Description

The BBR1-B 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 is functionally the same as the BBR1, but with balanced analog input and output. It 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/96kHz 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 2 seconds to ensure that the recording cannot be stopped accidentally.

Note: The unit uses the lower rear panel 3 D-type connectors as balanced inputs and the upper 3 as balanced outputs. Breakout cables are not supplied as there are too many different types of termination (1/4" TRS, XLR male, XLR female, 25-pin D-type, etc.). The cables conform to the standard 8 way balanced analog cables as used by Tascam, Digidesign, Radar, and others for analog I/O.

Quick Features
  • 24 track audio recorder with balanced analog I/O
  • Virtual sound check facility
  • 24-bit/96kHz conversion
  • Simple user interface
  • Zero latency - inputs routed directly to output during record via relay for safety against power failure
  • Keyboard input for naming tracks and songs
  • Data entry wheel for navigating menus and making adjustments
  • MIDI Machine Control (MMC)
  • AES and S/PDIF word clock
  • Linear Time Code (LTC) and MIDI Time Code (MTC)
  • Sony PII (9-pin) control
  • Records to standard USB2 drive in BWF format - instant import into DAW
  • Multiple BLACKBOX RECORDER units can be chained for really large multi-track recordings
  • Applications as standalone multi-channel recorder for use in studios, conferences, conventions, logging and monitoring
Detailed Features
  • Recorder has been designed to be very simple to operate with the front panel containing the familiar transport controls that every piece of recording equipment contains, so that basic operation can be very simply understood.
  • Everything has been designed to aid in the engineer's primary task, which is to concentrate on the live sound
  • Once setup, the unit defaults to having all tracks armed and ready to record - just press record to begin the recording - simplicity itself
  • A foot switch input is provided and can be set up to duplicate the record button function so that the engineer doesn't have to move away from the console
  • The LED meters show the relative levels of each input so you can make sure that you're not recording too "hot" (or too "cold") and can adjust the microphone preamps on the desk accordingly
  • Although there are only 3 LEDs on each channel, their brightness varies according to the level, providing a much more detailed representation
  • The main screen displays how long you've been recording and how much space you have left on the disk
  • The meters also have a sticky peak feature so that you can see how loud a recording has been and whether you have overloaded the inputs without having to study the unit while you're setting everything else up
  • A keyboard input is provided so that if you have time, you can name every track and even every song to make life easier when you come to use the recordings on your workstation
  • 4 function buttons "Menu/Ok", "Loop", "Mark" and "Back" and a data entry/scrub wheel control the more detailed settings of the unit, and set markers for loop points so that you can loop round a particular bit of a sound check while you get the sound in the venue exactly right
  • Inputs are normally looped directly to the outputs via relays in all modes except during playback - this provides an additional level of safety so that even if the power were to fail on the BBR, the audio through the PA will not be affected
  • Inside the menu structure all the key variables can be modified - the sample rate, which tracks to arm when you press record, whether to use Timecode, setting up the digital audio clocks, naming the recordings, setting your input and output levels, and setting up loop points
  • By default, the unit enters "playback lockout" mode as soon as you enter record to make sure that you don't accidentally start playing back the sound check in the middle of the performance
  • The balanced I/O interface uses high quality balancing receivers and transmitters and has been designed specifically for the BLACKBOX RECORDER to be fully transparent
UPC: 705105758077
In the Box
JoeCo BBR1-B BLACKBOX RECORDER - Multi-Track Recorder for Live Applications (Balanced)
  • External Power Supply
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    JoeCo BBR1-B specs

    Number of Tracks 24
    Digital Audio Format BWF
    Sampling Frequencies 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz
    Recording Media USB 2.0 hard drive (drive not included)
    Max Simultaneous Recording 24
    Max Simultaneous Playback 24
    Recording Time Dependent on hard drive size
    Converters 24-bit
    Jog/Shuttle Scrub function
    Vari Pitch Control No
    Audio I/O Connectors 6 x 25-pin D-sub
    8 x 1/4" TRS phone Loop Thru/Inserts
    1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
    Word Clock I/O 2 x RCA coaxial AES/SPDIF word clock reference input and communications to auxiliary units
    Time Code I/O 1 x 1/4" TRS phone LTC input/footswitch
    1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI Time Code (MTC) and MIDI Machine Control (MMC)
    Remote Control Sony 9-pin
    MIDI Machine Control (MMC)
    Frequency Response Not specified by manufacturer
    Dynamic Range Not specified by manufacturer
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 106dB A-weighted
    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 94dB
    Power Requirements 9VDC via included power supply (can operate 7.5~15VDC)
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 19 x 5.9 x 1.75" (483 x 150 x 45mm)
    Weight 4.6 lbs (2.1kg)
    Specialties Uses 7,200 RPM USB 2.0 drive that requires less than 500mA power

    1 x mini DIN PS2 keyboard socket for data input (track naming, etc.)

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.6 x 9.7 x 5.8"

    JoeCo BBR1-B reviews

    BBR1-B BLACKBOX RECORDER - Multi-Track Recorder for Live Applications (Balanced) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Unit I've been using this recorder for a year now, mostly to record performances. After learning its few quirks I've found it easy to use and quite serviceable. There are a couple caveats and reservations. First, the unit does not send enough power over the USB port to power even an outboard SSD USB drive - you will need a power supply for the outboard drive. Also, I was unable to use a standard hard drive as the outboard drive - only an SSD drive works, because of timeout issues. If a standard hard drive is used and the drive spins down, you will get an error when you start recording. The error is cryptic and not documented, but to their credit JoeCo responded very quickly with an explanation. Another issue: the recorded files have a very low level of noise. Higher than it should be, but not enough to interfere with any recording that I've done. This has not been a problem for me but is worth mentioning. Once getting past the issues mentioned above, I use the unit all the time to record shows and for this it does a great job.
    Date published: 2013-01-23
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