MGR/Devon 08/28/2004

Fostex MR-8 : MGR/Devon's user review

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I purchased my mr-8 at a houston guitar center for $230 used after a lot of loking around for the best price. I needed good quality, cheap recording gear for my demo fast, and the mr-8 seemed to deliever in all of the reviews i read on it.

I absolutely love the ease of use. I was able to record as soon as i got my compact flash card (a 128MB card comes with a new unit for storage, but i bought a 512 MB compact flash card because i heard the 128 wasnt enough space. Plus, since i bought mine used, it didn't come with a card) It works hand in had with my computer, all i needed was a regular USB cord, the software for tranfering tracks straight from the fostex website, and a demo of Adobe Audition 1.5 (30 day trial) for mixing which by the way is awesome. I got very professional sounding recordings. It's a good idea to invest in a seperate mixer to hookup to the mr-8 so that you can feed in more than 2 mics at a time and have more control over the sound than you would have with just the unit itself. For my demo, i used a berhinger because they tend to have decent quality gear for a fraction of other brands equipment. The mastering effects on the mr8 are pretty admirable for the low price.

You MUST look at the list off of the fostex website to make sure you're buying a good compact flash card (if you chose to buy one with more storage, which would be smart)that is compatable with the mr8 because not all of them are. There's a built in mic on the unit, but it's smart to hook in your own mic. I personally use audio technica for my budget.

I've dropped it.... more than once to say the least from tripping over cords and what not, and it's held up just fine. The quality is great, i couldnt aske for more.

I love my unit and even if i could afford it right now, i don't believe i'd be purchasing a bigger unit simply because of the ease of use and portability of the mr8. It uses batteries for added portability if it so suits you which was an attribute that i really liked. The sky's the limit on this powerful little machine and my home recordings have reached CD quality level because of this unit.

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