Fostex MR-8 HD

Fostex MR-8 HD

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MR-8 HD, Digital Multrack-studio from Fostex.

11 user reviews

Fostex MR-8 HD tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Fostex
  • Model:MR-8 HD
  • Category:Digital Multrack-studios
  • Added in our database on: 08/29/2008

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Fostex MR-8 HD user reviews

Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 11 reviews )
 7 reviews64 %
 3 reviews27 %
 1 user review9 %
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MGR/Daryl Rapp09/14/2005

MGR/Daryl Rapp's review"Fostex MR8HD 8-Track Digital Recorder"

Fostex MR-8 HD
I've been playing guitar, bass, keys and harmonica for probably 20 odd years and have been writing songs and lyrics for just as long. I think there are two types of players, ones that can sit down and play a lick from every song you've ever heard of - and the other crowd with whom I associate - the song writers. Nothing impresses me more than someone who can compose, arrange and perform their own brand of music.

Paid $400 online for this unit. I was looking for something portable to take up in the mountains to camp with me when I go on one of my songwriting weekends. I wanted something with a decent sized hard drive (this unit has a 40GB drive), but didn't need a built in CD burner as I do most of my final mixdown and mastering on my PC at home.

The recording quality is very good for a unit in this price range. The Fostex MR8HD provides a USB and S/PDIF port so it's very easy to digitally master or transfer files between this unit and your PC. The twin headphones out are helpful, especially when working with someone in tandem.

The guitar amp and microphone simulations are basically an afterthought. In no way do they compete with the COSM simulations from Boss or the work that Line 6 has done with the POD series.

First rate. I've always admired Fostex's quality and attention to detail and I am impressed with this unit.

Overall, for 400 bucks it's a decent unit with just the right amount of functionality for me. I can't complain.

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diss's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fostex MR-8 HD
Jack and XLR connectors, one MIDI (out) 1 analog stereo outputs and a USB Digital +
Sample Rate 16-bit 44.1kHz (CD quality)
40 gigabytes of hard drive (15 hours 8-track recording)
MIDI Clock Sync MTC
Registration Jusu 'four tracks simultaneously


We can not find it simpler
everything seems clear even in the menu
very well done manual (English only), but even not necessary


No breath, totally transparent as it is its responsibility
Indeed, the level reverbs and delays are set to the hair to be sublime prt
the distortion (analog) gain on the play asks not to blow ... and it works
must rest on the micro simulation (condenser, tube) with a recorded voice rel heat ... the guitar amp simulation are necessary for the live recording (very properly
the effects of mastering give EHJV or embossed on a piece that parat flat and colorless ...

I have no problem dynamics even in direct connection of the instrument


I use it for a few weeks
I prefer the sound of it is transparent and the heat of the votes registered
just what is missing, it would be an adjustment of the medium and severe acute (but a table or branches upstream equalizeur do the trick)
what the price there is no better
I do not regret my purchase

arieti's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fostex MR-8 HD
Precision of 16bit 44khz chantillonage non compressbr /> Storage Hard Drive 40 meg
USB port with free software on the internet to PC transfer
4 tracks recorded simultaneously


Trs intuitive.
The manual is comprehensive but only in English.
USB transfer software for simple but effective for each track.


No apparent blast

No legalization but I compensate with my sound recording on a Mackie 4 tracks and send them successfully registering. Reserved I sound processing and mixing the computer.

Lacks a little power with only 90db. This is be careful and vrifier the volumtres the notch or peak of each entry. Earnings of microphones with phantom low. Better to go through a mixer. Lack of contrast ds the screen to the menu but it is secondary.


I matris the majority of functions and accessories made of two tests for registration and
trs is satisfactory.
Very easy to use and quick to implement.

This product is suitable for those who particulirement recorded live using a mixer before and that processes samples on his computer.

Is better to make the final mix in the computer as the audio output of the device and the treatment is rudimentary.
The recording 4 tracks simultaneously allows me an outlet for his acoustic live to use two pair of microphones in Stereo, a closer for the soloist and the other moves away from the source sound instruments for accompaniment and so able to balance all APRS often because I am a musician Run.

Qualitprix trs a competitive register numrique HDD base.

fredkro's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fostex MR-8 HD
4 XLR inputs with phantom power supply
2 headphones
Monitor Output
4 line inputs
1 insert
A midi out
1 optical output
2 USB (host for a future and an outer connection computer
A footswitch connector

HD 40 GO

rec of 4 simultaneous tracks


Very intuitive, easy mastery that good c true that I have the habit of work on dm 24 / 02R and control pro but hey it's going to sincerely alone the manual is clear and complete that well in English.

Right now I think c is a very good product for beginner like "my very first 4-track" equa no adjustable parameter because mastering fixed .....


The good I'll be honest I m ​​used to record repeats of atmosphere with 2 mic (behringer c2) dc that s not an ultimate reference

effects are effective (nivo delay, reverb)

Powerful mastering preset is really excellent but do not agree to all rec, there must be this preset ds compressor, and maximize equa, and suddenly as the parameters do not editable st there may be a pumping effect.

Ah forgot the nick j guitar distortion effects are achi on the other hand is better to put a 57 before a marshall 15 w lol

Now j've never had a recording to repeat as good with 2 mic


I used the three weeks since maintenat

What I love most: the 40 GB HD and 4 XLR inputs with phantom power supply and record 4 simultaneous tracks
What I like least: the distortion guitars, effects can not be modified

Yes I do it again this choice, infact my md who made the soul were to buy a recorder with my chat group while between 1 to 300 md, a num magnto a 450 with 32 MB and the Fostex 4-track 40 go 455 has ben veiled there is no photo but excellent value for money

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