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BR-900CD Digital Recording Studio, Digital Multrack-studio from Boss in the BR series.


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Boss BR-900CD Digital Recording Studio tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Boss
  • Model:BR-900CD Digital Recording Studio
  • Series:BR
  • Category:Digital Multrack-studios
  • Added in our database on: 08/29/2008

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Boss BR-900CD Digital Recording Studio user reviews

Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 15 reviews )
 9 reviews60 %
 4 reviews27 %
 1 user review7 %
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meva04/25/2013

meva's review"It's great"

Boss BR-900CD Digital Recording Studio
There's not much to add.

USE

It's very easy to use. You push a track, choose the input, mic,line or jack, set the track's level, press Rec and you're done.
Very comprehensive manual.
It's not complicated. You even have the possibility to move the tracks from a time code to another one using the in and out points, or seconds or tens of a second. All that is done pretty quick, there's not much of a learning curve.

There are even customizable beats.


I must say, however, that it took me quite a long time to get the right volume levels, because the VU-meter is not very precise. In fact, you can let it peak without risking any distortion, which is what you have to do for the final result to have a high-enough volume.

SOUND

Lots of effects for guitar, bass, vocals and piano. Lots of effects in general. Besides reverb, chorus and delay. To cut it short, it features all you need.

In terms of the sound alone, it's quite all right. With a good mix, with the right volumes and pans, you can make good quality songs. I must admit that I can already see its limitations. It's semi-pro, I think the songs sound a bit "tight," with a slight lack of dynamism, even if you listen to them on headphones. But it also seems logical, considering it works as an amp for guitar, piano, vocals, so it's inevitable. You might get a truly optimal sound using external preamps connected to the line inputs.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it since I first started writing songs, back in 2005. I never did switch to computer music because this is precisely the kind of tool that allows you to do without a computer. The sound might not be the best, but it depends on what you connect it to, and since you can plug anything to it...

For those who don't know, the number of tracks is unlimited. You can record 8 tracks, bounce them, record 8 more tracks and bounce them with the ones you had already bounced before, etc. It's great.

It's portable, with batteries, it's solid, I have never had a technical issue.

It makes recording easier.. You can easily find memory cards in any shop. I recently connected a mixer to it because I think one of its limitations is that it can only amplify one instrument at a time (besides guitar and vocals). This means you can't play simultaneously with a drum machine and synth going into the boss. It's natural, but it annoyed me, now it's cool.

One last thing, the CD reader/burner is very nice but, in the end, it's faster to transfer it all to a computer, so even if it's a great value for money (it allows you to mix and finalize a song at a very affordable price), there might be another model in the series without CD reader and, thus, cheaper.

I always use it. Without my Boss, I wouldn't be able to record anything. It's the key element in my studio!
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larsen64704/19/2013

larsen647's review"Excellent .."

Boss BR-900CD Digital Recording Studio
What connection possibilities (analog, digital, MIDI, etc.) does it offer?
- Analog: jack/xlr/rca inputs, rca and headphone output
- Digital: no input, optical output
- MIDI: only one out
- USB 2

- What kind of memory does it use (ZIP, MiniDisc, HDD,...)? CD-R/RW (an important detail is that it only works with the PSU, which means that if you are using it with batteries, you won't be able to burn CDs);
Compact Flash type I (from 32 mb up to 1 Gb); (if the device's firmware is updated to version 2.12!!!!)

At what sample rate (bits/kHz) does it work? 24 bits/44.1 kHz

What syncing options does it support? midi (MMC)

How many tracks can it record/play back simultaneously? ...
Simultaneous recording: 2 tracks
Simultaneous playback: 8 tracks
Every track has 8 virtual tracks, for a total of 64 tracks, but you can only play back 8 simultaneously, the subtlety of this "virtual" aspect is that you can bounce maximum 8 tracks onto a single stereo track.


USE

Is it easy to make settings?
Yes and no, the console side of it is reassuring, but you really need to dive into the users manual to make the best of it. However, it has nothing to do with a computer, I managed to create a masterpiece in only one hour (but the world is still not ready to listen to it...).

Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive? ... 232 pages for your entire satisfaction!

Is it easy to access the main functions? Generally speaking, yes, the manual includes an index to go to the essentials.


SOUND


For the time being, I have only made direct recordings (guitar, amp, vocals): It sounds great!

Concerning the COSM simulations: I haven't used them to this day, so I can't say much about them.

The reproduction is excellent, if the original recording is good, obviously.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had it for a week. I bought it secondhand and if you plan to do the same, ask the seller if he or she updated it, otherwise it's a real pain with the compact flash cards and if you don't have the cards, you can forget about recording anything, unless you use CDs, but then again, you have to plug it to the mains.
Go read in the forums about the cards. I used a tutorial to update mine from a CD.
You can still find compatible cards available at ,,,,,,, in Germany.
For the price and the humble use I give it, YES I'd recommend it.
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elenwe.kementari11/23/2012

elenwe.kementari's review"VERY GOOD PRODUCT"

Boss BR-900CD Digital Recording Studio
Its recorder / burner function is very practical.
I use CD-RWs and if I'm not satisfied I redo the mix and it's practical.

The guitar effects are interesting (interesting COSM functions).
Some good basic effect as well..
The mic effects are very, very good!

I always keep my Yamaha keyboard, prodipes, echo chamber, and drum machine plugged in.

USE

I didn't know anything about it, so I had to study the manual one month (290+ pages).
Conclusion: A bit hard at first but then it becomes quite intuitive.
I don't use the built-in rhythms, I prefer to record with a Boss (ROLAND BOSS Dr Rythm DR 670 with two FS-5U pedals) or with my Yamaha synth or the studio's drum kit.

It's very useful and I recommend it for its multiple functions.

SOUND

Faithful dynamic response.

OVERALL OPINION

I'd buy it again to have almost professional results.
It's really easy to use the 8 tracks (64 virtual tracks).
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MGR/short n sweet11/15/2005

MGR/short n sweet's review"Boss BR900 CD"

Boss BR-900CD Digital Recording Studio
Been playing for a short while (6mth), I'm pretty good so far, I sung in two bands (a long time ago), started playing guitar for one recently.
WE love punk!

My band members have one, i havent afforded one yet...yet

everything, esp thats its pretty portible! All the effects are captivating. n the sound is awesome.

lol...the price..only cuz i dnt have tha money

ruggged lil thing! The LCD display could be a little bigger. not to much of an issue tho.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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