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post Dec 9 2007, 05:46 AM
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So, what are your thoughts on the Boss BR-900CD? would it be good to record my entire band and then mix? or would i need something else? how diffiucult would it be to use?
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post Dec 9 2007, 12:24 PM
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Well, I myself probably wouldn't record an entire band with it, since it only has 2 XLR mic inputs, and I wouldn't record for example drums with just 2 mics. I think that the device would be practical to record guitars and bass with, maybe vocals too.

If you have a good computer and you have/can buy a recording software, I suggest that you buy a mixer, since mixers with 5-10 XLR mic inputs don't cost that much these days.


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post Dec 9 2007, 01:46 PM
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+1 with Toni. If you use it to record your band live you'll find only two mics very limiting. Whilst it is possible to record a drumkit with a single mic and get a good sound it isn't that easy. Even if you did that only leaves one other mic in, a HiZ for a guitar direct and the rca for something else - not very flexible.

Also from what I can see you can't set different clipping levels for the mics in the manual here . There seems to be a clipping meter and pot (sensitivity) only for the guitar hiz, xlr and rca in - ie both xlrs share the same sensitivity/clip adjust. If that's so you'll find trying to set the level for say a vocal mic and one other a real pain.

Apart from only 2 xlrs it also looks like you can only record to either a mono or a stereo track at any one time. Another downside of it is that it looks like it's limited in how it can import audio files. Manual says it can only import wav and aiff (not a big issue) but here they must be 16 bit at 44.1. You'll find that a lot of wav files are recorded at 24 or 32 bit and may well be at 88.2, 96 or even 192 kHz. All of those you'd have to digitally compress down to 16 bit 44.1 with potential dithering issues and loss of quality.

Personally I think the small lcd would prove to be an absolute pain to use. For me it's too small and I'd wonder if you'd end up finding that as well. It would have been nicer if it had a video out that would let you plug an external monitor in. (OK yu can use a pc/mac via the usb but I'm assuming you'd only want the portastudio in your bands rehersal studio/live gigs.) For mixing and setting things like eq I just wouldn't be happy with it.

Some up sides - it certainly has a lot of bells and whistles with the COSM guitar effects/amp models (and you will need them if you record guitar direct via the HiZ), phrase trainer, tuner, drum machine and so on. But would you really need them though for recording your band live? If not then they're pretty much redundant and the money would be better spent on things you do need. I like the idea that you can tracklane and so choose between takes. But TBH I sort of see this unit as more a portastudio for a lone guitarist come vocalist who wants to quickly get their songs down.

I've some sympathy with having a portastudio to record you band live rather without having to go via a pc. However I think you'd be better spending a bit more money and getting an 8 or 16 track that allows you to record on all tracks simultaneously and that has at least 8 mic xlrs if you want a portable 8 track/portastudio.

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post Dec 9 2007, 02:49 PM
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I concure.. smile.gif In order to record an entire band (half-deacently), you must have at least 5 mics for drums, 2 for vocals (maybe one if you have 1 vocal but trust me it is always good to have one extra slot - you never know...). and two more mics for amps (3 if you have 2 guitars + bass). THats total mic 10 channels man, so something in the line of a cheap 12 channel mixer willl be great. If you wanna record multitrack sound in the studio you need a computer there with a mixer hookep up, but thats a whole another universe man. I think you`ll be better with a mixer and when you do the mix on it, hook up some cheap digital recorder on it and record it for later use. Portable multitrackers are far more expencier than this Boss "toy" and certainly more than a cheap 12ch mixer.

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Alright, thanks for the input guys, any ideas what we should use to record our band then? Not live, just to make a demo while we practice but still make it decent?


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Well what about your oppinion on the Boss BR-1600CD? IT has more XLR inputs.
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It depends. If you wanna record just a demo you can take a boombox and record on it your sound and see how you sound. Get it? If you wanna record every instrument half-deacently the next solution will be 10xlr inputs and 10 mics. THere is no middle


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