Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder
Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder

BR-600 Digital Recorder, Digital Multrack-studio from Boss in the BR series.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 29 reviews )
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Audience: Advanced users Value For Money : Excellent
Audiofanzine FR01/04/2011

Audiofanzine FR's review"An excellent portable station!"

Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder
Originally written by CyrNoodles on Audiofanzine FR.

Good feature set. I just miss the lack of XLR connections: you'll have to connect your mic via a 1/4" jack.


It's very easy to use: select one or two tracks, press REC and go! The USB port allows you to easily load MIDI files (rhythm only) from a computer to get complete drum tracks, export recorded tracks to a computer (for this purpose it's better to use this tool:


It's my first recorder so I can't give an objective opinion about the sound quality. Personally, I'm satisfied.


I would buy it again because it's a very good product for beginners. You can take it anywhere. The price is very appealing since you can record (with drum machine, amp simulation, etc.), mix and export your work.

MGR/emauser's review"Boss BR-600"

Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder
This compact 8-track digital recorder (about 10x7x1) comes in a gray finish. I bought it about three years ago. It was my first taste of home recording, so I was looking for something comprehensive but still user friendly. The unit includes a drum machine with many preset beats and the freedom to create your own. I only used it for my own personal entertainment, mostly recording guitar and vocals on it.

I bought this item at Guitar Center for $350.

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There are tons of big and little things to like about this unit. First of all, being a guitar player who doesn't play/own a full drum set, the drum machine comes in very handy. You can use their preset songs or create your own. It is even handy just to make it play quarter notes to act as a metronome when recording. Another thing I loved was the fact that there is a microphone built in. Sure, they aren't the highest quality, but being a teenager, I spent all my money on this and couldn't afford to buy a mic/connecting cable, So I was glad that it was ready to record right out of the box. To be honest, I haven't really taken full advantage of the many things this unit has to offer. It has pitch correction, loops, a tuner, and tons of mastering abilities. Also, the amount of guitar effects is amazing. I believe there are about 150. And if you don't find the exact one you are looking for, you can modify the preset ones by changing the delay or eq or preamp.

One of the things I don't like about this unit is the fact that the screen is so small. I wish it were a bigger screen so it would be easier to see. Also, I wish the battery life was better so that it didn't always have to be plugged into the wall.

This unit has held up quite nicely over the few years I've had it. To be honest, it has never really left my basement so it hasn't been dropped or taken on the road, but it looks and feels like a very sturdy product.

Overall, this was a great choice for my first digital recorder. It was easy to use, and even if I didn't know how to do something, the manual it came with was extremely helpful and easy to use. It will not give you completely professional sounding results, but it will get you extremely close for a fraction of the price. I was very happy that I bought this product.

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wolfdav's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" br 600 Portastudio"

Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder
1. MIC2 jack (TRS 1/4 ")
This jack lets you connect a microphone
2. MIC1 (TRS 1/4 ")
This jack lets you connect a microphone
3. LINE IN jack (stereo mini jack)
This input accepts analog audio
4. LINE OUT jacks (RCA / cinch)
These outputs transmit an analog audio signal.
5. USB port
This port allows you to connect the BR-600 to a computer.
7. DC IN jack (adapter Allim)
1 GUITAR / BASS jack (jack)
2. Headphone jack
flash memory card type compac flash
Sampling frequency
Frequency response
20Hz ~ 20kHz (+1 /-3dBu)
8 tracks including 4 stereo (ie up to 6 simultaneous tracks) + virtual tracks, one arrives at a total of 48 tracks!


The general configuration is quite complex when did not know but with a manual (not always clear) in front you get a way out.
the drum machine still quite nice for this kind of device


sounds are very good and the unit sounds pretty good view even surprising for its size. despite these simulation generous nothing worth recording one real prick directly into an amp with a microphone


I use it for 4 years now, I do not regret my purchase and I am quite satisfied with what he gives as result.
are weight, height and small footprint make it a real asset for this kind of device, it is a really good digital mutli-psites

bdkboss's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Swiss Army Knife"

Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder
jack connectivity via various channels for (instrum., microphone, line in) stores your work on flash memory card.
8-track recorder with 4 stereo (ie up to six simultaneous tracks) + virtual tracks, one arrives at 48 tracks in total!
Perfect for demos or stream before the first studio :)


that says very complete say quite complicated to use! However, with a little determination and the manual handy you can manage. the drum machine I think is the least intuitive of function.


tool sounds really great, but after several enregsitrements, I would strongly advise you that a record low "old" (bass + amp + mic) as in simus bass amplifier, there is a lack of presence and dynamics. nothing to say for the rest


I use it for 4 years now, I hesitated with a sound card + pc (which I think is more pro) but I was seduced by the ease of installation, transportation and use (once we understand the operation)

marc74's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Swiss Army Knife of creativity!"

Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder


the manual is fairly complete ..
bcp can do things with this little machine
is its scalability is reduced but it is a great notebook music!!
also following me .. I am computer music regenerates out of my mind an idea as quickly .. my guitar .. a pattern battery (you can set ..) .. a simulated low my voice, and one begins to Thurs ....
inspiration is transcended!


.. it's okay to not try to make a product that goes on the air with the 600 br!
but if you want to have your machine model and under the arm at any time an idea comes to you .. it is terrible


I had one before the computer music AW 2400 Yamaha ...
not pout the same things .. great machine pro
br 600 but its strength is my job to remember cassettes of kids
bcp most advanced ... but it is a reliable partner (boss)

it is on should not make him fall (plastic)
storage capacity is limited (a go I think ..)
but he communicates very well with the PC through its USB so we reverse on his computer and voila (or is the problem of storage ?????)!!!

I mean when in the opinion of some talking about his technical abilities exceeded I understand .. but I think it is not the approach of this machine ..

it is a tool for inspiration!
and I will not compare my Mac to my boss and RME!

He put the tools at hand to put your ideas very quickly and save up other things correctly.

This is what the br .. 600

Moreover, as such I'm eyeing the side of the zoom r8
br is a better and who can make use of portable audio interface and more ...


we all work according to our needs and expectations .. do not quite confused
BR 600 is a great machine in its register
If your philosophy is primarily to create music and have a quick result.

ropongi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Already has-been ..."

Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder
I do not return the technical specs, detailed many times here and elsewhere.

Plastoc aspect of the craft, tiny screen, limited connectivity (no XLR)


As read in a review below, I also susi facing this type of recorder after 2 years of semi satisfaction on a Mac configuration + external sound card (Presonus Line6 then) Because latency, various crash and especially very mobile.
Playing guitar and bass + need to record a voice temsp to others, while mobile, the idea was to make it simple ... I was so construed and briefed on the BR600 to get an idea of ​​its capabilities, possibly before buying one ...


First disappointment: the sounds of the drum machine are dated super, like "Poum tchak" bar of yesteryear ... Now I really regret loops available for Mac! I made several attempts to correct the situation leaving on bass amp and guitar sound then, but nothing to do!

Second disappointment: guitar and bass effects are frankly not terrible: one or two nice effects, other Suck, ultra dated actually. This is also the criticism that I would do the BR600: he could do the job at its output (when in fact?) But now it is less certain ...

Regarding records, no particular concern, it is simply what is asked, with a view (widely shared) storage limit.


I découvers the world of digital recorders by BR600, so my opinion is biased in two words:
- AB 600 is already in the past (I am surprised to see its price OCCAZ largely overvalued), although it can still be of service (I sometimes use guitar effects, but why there is better bcp )
- Non-progressive, I do not intend to buy a BR600, this would be money lost because this machine will store, in my opinion, not long ...

victhebig's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" very good recording interface!"

Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder
Fairly complete connectivity (I think he misses the MIDI)
IN jack (6.35), OUT (phones, RCA), phantom power for condenser microphones.


The manual is easy to find online
is a clear need time to adapt and learn .... not rocket science!


dynamics: EXCELLENT!
Far from my other PC config + Line6 UX2, small BR600 did a fantastic job,
made a good, sound good rich media (never the case with a sequence on my PC).

Roland I say congratulations!

Very good performance record snooze, a small problem: the internal memory is limited to some 60 minutes of recording ... it can be replaced with a slightly larger but not more than 1 GB petty, but you have to do with ...


I have used a few months:

- Direct instruments (direct input) guitar, bass. Simulations of effects and amps are mostly of good quality, of course, to sound good distorted must connect a microphone and make a true miking the amp!

- Acoustic guitar and voice with integrated stereo mics: good quality, especially if the stereo effect is desired!

Comply with quality microphones connected (AKG 220, SM57, Beta58), good and gentle compression of signals Mic. Line6 are still far in compression "natural "....

Conclusion: Although this is not the stuff of Pro, but of good quality and with a multitude of functions (even creating drum track with rhythm machine included). Try a good alternative to type UX2 USB ... In bcp better for rendering final mix!

CyrNoodles's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" An excellent portable station!"

Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder
For specifications see other reviews.

It's a good setup for this type of gear, you can just regret the lack of XLR, you must connect the microphone jack.


Operation is a breeze, you press a track or both simultaneously, you press REC and go! One can easily upload files (MIDI beats only) from one computer to have full battery, export the recorded tracks to the computer (in this connection it is best to use this utility: / support / downloads_updates / eula.php? FileName = is also easy with the USB connection.


Since this is my first recorder, I can not give an opinion on significant sound quality. Anyway, I was satisfied.


I do it again this election, for it was a very good machine to start recording, you can take it anywhere which is very convenient and the price is very attractive because the animal can record (with rhythm and simulators amp etc..), mix and export everything.

What I like least is the screen that does not allow for the monitoring, which is why I changed hardware.

lsotis's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" easy, convenient and so useful"

Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder
Everything has been said and for the price, the machine could not be more complete. The BR800, two days out there is even a bit more (audio interface + inc 4 tracks simultaneously) but also costs 33% more expensive (399 €). Ok, it is also sexy but is it really important?


The configuration could not be simpler. The explanation of the manual are very clear and if like me you do not know (i) ez nothing, keep your anxiety, it'll be all alone ... with a little patience and perseverance.
The duties will include pricipales quickly.
The card came with is there for a grip but it's very soon enough.
Refuel with software that can run as BRWC because it will help save considerable time and bring much in terms of usability. they could provide it with anyway.


I did not know enough and do not compare to say if the converters are "transparent." So I would say simply that the sound quality made suits me perfectly for my use.
I have not tried to record a song as if it would be edited can tell me the limits of the machine.
I found the 2 mics frankly amazing and it reaches a result of the most compelling long as it exaggerates not on set.
Effects: In general, I do not like the boss effects. Still, again, for that I use, there is more than I need for my "drafts".


I use it regularly for a little over 18 months now. It is quite complicated to find a mag with a lot of recording the same range in stock and stroke, which is normal, they will try to "peddle" priority they have in stock. So I relied on different forums to make my choice.
I wanted this unit to throw my ideas (I tend to forget) which are then presented to the group.
I am using only the drum machine only to find a pattern that "glue" and accompany the idea. Our drummer will do the rest so much better than me.
The simulated low disservice but it should not ask for more.
So I record a guitar part (the basic idea), sometimes a second but then again, I'd rather do it the other guitarist who puts his Grian salt on the idea. And that's it.
I use it also to record rehearsals where there, he wonders if I will not undermine the adjustment at the start and if we manage to avoid making a mess of sound in our cramped room.
Also ideal for transplanting the sound of a mixing desk at a concert or simply record the concert with integrated microphones. Attention then not be placed too close to the public under penalty really hear it too, between titles, but also during.

Bolide's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Essential, inseparable!"

Boss BR-600 Digital Recorder
What is the connection (analog, digital, MIDI)?
3 entries mono jack
1 entry stéréeo on mini jack
a data port, USB
1 stereo RCA audio output
FOOT SW / EXP PEDAL jack (1 / 4 ")
PHONES jack (1 / 4 "stereo)

What is the accuracy of sampling (bits / kHz)?
24-bit / 44.1kHz.

What is the storage media (ZIP, MD, HDD ...)?
If there is a point that is regrettable, it is this one: it only supports Compact Flash cards of 1 GB or less. It is a bit tight and a bit overwhelmed.

How many tracks can be recorded / played time?
It is possible to simultaneously record on two tracks
and reproduce up to 8 tracks simultaneously


The general configuration is simple?
It was my first digital multitrack recorder ... I always just rowed in the beginning. But taking the time to read the instructions and it does so very well.

The usual functions are they easily accessible?
Yes, once one has made ergonomics a bit dated. For more arduous duties such as editing rhythms or import / export files, there are critical software published by the manufacturers and duly commented upon in the AF forums!

The manual is clear and sufficient?
Yes, I learned everything there.


The A / D converters and D / A are transparent? Dynamics is respected?
Yes, the sound quality is excellent.

The effects and filters are effective?
For a machine to less than 300 € which also recorder and BAR, who could ask for more? Of course, there are better, but they are machine specific, less versatile and / or more expensive. Note that I rarely use the guitar effects, rather reverb. The integrated drum machine is excellent too.


For how long have you been using it?
10 months intensive

What thing do you like most/least about it?

Most: his side "Swiss Army knife." It does almost everything, there prevails everywhere, the sound is very good. It is used to make live recordings as to make studio recordings, to beats of high quality, to accompany the solo musician in concert, etc., etc. ...

Fewest: ergonomics and support (CF 1 GB) a little outdated, but we made it. Some functional limitations (does not import MP3, does not export its rhythms in MIDI format ...) that can work around but a little bit painful.

Did you try many other models before getting this one?

What is your opinion about the value for the price?
Excellent at time of purchase.

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?
Without hesitation. However, today, I'd break my piggy bank for the BR800, which replaces (approx € 400), or I would take a used one at 150 €.