All user reviews for the Boss BR-900CD Digital Recording Studio
meva's review"It's great"
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.
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.
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!
larsen647's review"Excellent .."
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
elenwe.kementari's review"VERY GOOD PRODUCT"
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.
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.
Faithful dynamic response.
I'd buy it again to have almost professional results.
It's really easy to use the 8 tracks (64 virtual tracks).
- What kind of memory does it use (ZIP, MiniDisc, HDD,...)? Compact flash
- How many tracks can it record/play back simultaneously? 8 in mono, 4 in stereo but you can multiply the tracks virtually.
Is it easy to make settings? It's not hard to get something decent, but you'll need to spend several hours with it to get something really good.
Is it easy to access the main functions? It's not that straightforward, but you'll eventually get there.
Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive? YES, but nothing beats practice.
- Are the effects and filters effective? Yes and especially to record vocals, but the basic presets are pretty bad and you need to make retouches for clean guitars, although you have everything to get a good sound, you only need some patience and perseverance to dial it in.
- Is the dynamic response faithful? Yes.
How long have you been using the product? Since 2007.
Which feature do you like the most / the least?
*The most: The pro aspect of every mic take
*The least: The guitar presets and the compact flash memory
Did you try any other models before buying this one? Not before, but I did afterwards and, overall, I'm satisfied with it.
How would you rate its value for money? For 250 bucks, you can't go wrong.
Based on your experience, would you choose this product again? As a portable studio, certainly NOT! But after having integrated into my computer music system as a recording preamp, it has become indispensable and, despite my modest setup, it allows me to get professional-sounding recordings.
MGR/short n sweet's review"Boss BR900 CD"
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.
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ericpenot's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" 8 tracks with excellent mastering tools and electronic drums"
very good mastering tools and electronic drum + wide choice of amp sounds and guitars including many bosses products
Nothing to say: I sold it for 12 tracks and I regret it because it is nomadic ideal you to record concerts
I highly recommend it. Has more effect than integrated competitors.
Only flaw uses maps from M only 1 but it is not expensive.
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jardindunord's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I love a good animal"
there is an internal memory of 512MB CF card + added (there have one of 8GB) card there are bosses but very expensive if a CF of 8 normal, only thing is what should be very fast because you just mounted the BPM while recording so a fast card writing is a good 30 to 50 in a boss but certify 8GB € 140.
something we just record directly to a CD after listening to a refined pre SETTINGS press a button and go.
tracks and there are real and 8 on each track there as 8, the track is peuveut be so in my 8 tracks simultaneously and / or 4-track stereo (true stereo) or quadraphonic but must be added a program in the BR and therefore very familiar with the beast.
I use my real tracks 6 and 4 virtual tracks on each track and it works a meirveille.
configuration are very simple branch, there has been adding effects and here for the first step.
After it's like any machine of this kind it is essential to have the manual and the option open to you but a little before trying to play and go.
Manual very clear and simple.
all functions are accessible with 2 button and a wheel.
the sound is clear and there are several parameters to set the sound level that you want
the effects are there and now available in a menu button and then the place was very fast and every effect can be reworked in multitude.
dynamics and sound and well, the same thing we all just settle with the function called DYM,
it has a drum machine made in two rather have known when the BR and peuveux be recorded independently of each other are, can also have a meter and record the CD is part vocal or instrumental, or both.
very good to mix his or create a proper.
is a digital recording studio.
since its release in 97 and I can say that it works still as strong as machine, which is great with eight batteries is a microphone and a walk (a feast of music for example)
all of which makes my machine, I love everything and it would be a remake I would not hesitate a moment I take the BR 900 CD.
women to own in the 200 to 400 according to the state manual memory card or compatible boss maintains general and especially to see if all the track works as the virtual, there is a simple way to know that's the plug on 'computer open the folder and went into property and all are described to the smallest detail, uptime number of records, but it's the same they need to understand the BR
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paggil's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
No problem to use. I was tired of always fiddling on the computer (I walk / I'm not walk without knowing why). I wanted a simple and convenient way to record demos.
The primary use and intuitive. After the possibilities are wide (built-in effects, mixing, monitoring). The setting for the different menu and a little heavy, but with the habit, it's okay.
Rendering enough for me that I use.
The effects are not too bad and they have the merit to exist. It's good when we walk to the right or left, we did not lugging three suitcases of matos.Une bag just portable!
I use it for a year and a half. Purchased used on AF is great, I only use him. I turn, and I plug op ...
To do something more concrete, we must fiddled a bit but it fits perfectly with what I want. I would do the purchase if necessary.
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whiteman's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" VERY WELL!"
Extremely simple to use: 15 minutes grip!
1 key to access features.
Nothing to say!
Cool effects, an equa who does his job well, preamps not bad ...
Ultimately, a sound slightly colored, fairly accurate, which can be worked in all serenity!
I use it for 4 years: no worries!
It is true that this is my first model of this type, but I'm far from being disappointed!
A choice that I recommend without hesitation!
Resty's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
R2 INPUT JACK
STEREO LINE INPUT
STEREO LINE OUT
WAV and CD
ON RECORD 2 simultaneous tracks.
They listened and recorded two other tracks.
8 TRACKS IN ALL. (WHICH ONE STEREO)
it looks like a mixer ... Mixed in a tape. This document is not clear CONTINUOUS.
+ BIG SCREEN IS COOL IT IS.
The sound is perfect. EFFECTIVE SETTINGS.
THE SUPPLIED ADAPTER SMALL AND LIGHT.
Very good stuff.
C C IS BEAUTIFUL IS GOOD BOSS IS C.. IT SOUNDS a huge selection of EXCELLENT. (REAL SOUNDS OF BATTERY AND HIS GUITAR PRO GT, IN PART.
DRUMS ARE THE RHYTHMS LIMITés.JE do not use it. I HAVE A BAR (A + + OF CHOICE AND BREAKS)
J will have preferred a TRACK RECORD FOR + RATHER THAN A TRACK DEDICATED TO DRUMS.
DAMAGES be limited to 2-track simultaneous recording CONTINUOUS BUT WE CAN COPY ITS TRACKS. C ADVANTAGE IS THE Q IS EASY TO TRANSPORT AND LEGER.ET IN THE HE + CD.
THE BIG problem is YOU NEED TO NAVIGATE IN SCREEN MENUS.l is not readable;
EFFECTS LESS, NO DRUM (D AILEURS too limited);
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