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Digital Multrack-studio from Zoom belonging to the MRS series.

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  • Useful today?

    Zoom MRS-4Published on 05/02/14 at 02:27
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    Everything has already been said

    UTILIZATION

    Read the manual to become familiar with the device.

    SOUNDS

    Everything has already been said

    OVERALL OPINION

    I do not go over the features, everything has already been said.
    Is what I kind of device is still useful now with ordis, sequencers etc ...? Well I would say yes.
    Price level, they are found to € 30-50 (whatever the brand). It allows to register without much cost to start and later or pass on PC / Mac or on more expensive recorders.
    It also helps to learn the basics of mixing, we can walk everywhere (eg on vacation.).
    So for the beginner who wants to record music to judge its progress, to try the composition, I think......
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    Everything has already been said

    UTILIZATION

    Read the manual to become familiar with the device.

    SOUNDS

    Everything has already been said

    OVERALL OPINION

    I do not go over the features, everything has already been said.
    Is what I kind of device is still useful now with ordis, sequencers etc ...? Well I would say yes.
    Price level, they are found to € 30-50 (whatever the brand). It allows to register without much cost to start and later or pass on PC / Mac or on more expensive recorders.
    It also helps to learn the basics of mixing, we can walk everywhere (eg on vacation.).
    So for the beginner who wants to record music to judge its progress, to try the composition, I think it's perfect.
    I would need to ensure to find a device provided with one or more cards and preferably 128MB (allows 2 hours of maximum records in degraded mode, which I think is not that bad), because the problem is that the card format used is no longer used and are rather expensive occasion.
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  • Zoom MRS-4 DIGITAL MULTITRACK RECORDER

    Zoom MRS-4Published on 08/10/04 at 15:00
    I acquired this unit one year and a half ago in a music store in Mexico city, where I live. It was new, and as I can remember, I paid around $290 dolars for it. The reason to buy the MRS-4 was that by that time I was recording my music in an Onkyo mini disc recorder, but this has only a stereo inputs, and I want to record my music with the posibilities to use multitracking.

    The MRS-4 is a very versatile multitrack recorder, I use it in my home studio. I'm an instrumental music composer (I play keyboards, electric guitar and drum machine) and the MRS-4 is and small but powerful tool to develop my ideas, It let me do a basic track and use more tracks or V takes to complement the main......
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    I acquired this unit one year and a half ago in a music store in Mexico city, where I live. It was new, and as I can remember, I paid around $290 dolars for it. The reason to buy the MRS-4 was that by that time I was recording my music in an Onkyo mini disc recorder, but this has only a stereo inputs, and I want to record my music with the posibilities to use multitracking.

    The MRS-4 is a very versatile multitrack recorder, I use it in my home studio. I'm an instrumental music composer (I play keyboards, electric guitar and drum machine) and the MRS-4 is and small but powerful tool to develop my ideas, It let me do a basic track and use more tracks or V takes to complement the main idea. The MRS-4 is very well constructed, very friendly with the user (I spent one hour reading the manual, and after I start experimenting with the recording and editing functions) and since I had this recording machine, my demos and pieces are much better done. Also I must say that the sound quality is great.

    Well, maybe there is nothing that I don't like about this unit. Probably the only limitation that I find is the smart media card capacity, but I generally buy the 64 or 128, so I have enough time to put 3 or 4 songs in each card. Also, I got a free-software in the ZOOM official page, I install it in my computer and this software let me save my compositions in my PC, so I can clean the card after storing it, and use it again and again.

    Zoom always has very high quality products at affordable prices in the market. That's the reason by wich the amateurs, half-time professionals and full-time professionals musicians use these products, I hope.
    The construction, performance and materials-resistance of the MRS-4 is ok, you can use it in practically every enviroment (home studio, bed room, traveling and even in a live performance, as a direct take from the sound desk.

    In my opinion the MRS-4 is a very nice unit, that has a great cost-value relationship, you get a very useful recorder with high resources and without expend a lot of money. In my case, the MRS-4 let me improve my recording process, transforming my musical ideas in a more professional and high quality demos and pieces. I'm glad that I've had acquired this multitrack recorder. I highly recommended it to the musicians.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Zoom MRS-4 Digital Recorder

    Zoom MRS-4Published on 12/09/03 at 15:00
    I bought my Zoom MRS-4, Digital Recorder at Mars Music(bankrupt now) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    I can make 4 track recordings all in digital and then burn them to CD, without changing the format. I never have to go back to analog again! I can make professional, studio quality demos right at home, and it only cost $200.00

    There is nothing that I don't like about my Zoom MRS-4, Digital Recorder.

    The unit is made out of a high grade unbreakable casting (not plastic). It can really take a beating and its performance is not affected by the wheather, the cold of winter, nor the heat of summer, especially here in Las Vegas, Nevada. It's fantastic!

    I reccomend this product to anyone who is in the......
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    I bought my Zoom MRS-4, Digital Recorder at Mars Music(bankrupt now) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    I can make 4 track recordings all in digital and then burn them to CD, without changing the format. I never have to go back to analog again! I can make professional, studio quality demos right at home, and it only cost $200.00

    There is nothing that I don't like about my Zoom MRS-4, Digital Recorder.

    The unit is made out of a high grade unbreakable casting (not plastic). It can really take a beating and its performance is not affected by the wheather, the cold of winter, nor the heat of summer, especially here in Las Vegas, Nevada. It's fantastic!

    I reccomend this product to anyone who is in the market for a home based recording studio, it even has added sound effects that can be applied during mix down. It comes complete with a range of effects for vocals as well as instruments. There are four channels for instrument input, two RCA. jackets for output and a headphone jack. This unit is great, it even lets you make "V takes" (sample tracks) that can be mastered into the finished product, or they can be phased out altogther, if a retake is necessary.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Zoom MRS 4

    Zoom MRS-4Published on 01/12/03 at 15:00
    I purchased my ZOOM MRS4 recorder in December 2002 in Germany at https://www.musik-produktiv.de for 299 Euros. I have made midi recordings on my keyboard but I missed playing with real instruments. Now I use midi recordings (piano, bass, drums, organ) together with real guitar. Sounds real good.

    The unit is verry easy to use. The sound quality is a little bit under CD quality (32 kHz instead of 44 kHz) but I cannot hear the difference. The unit has some good effects on board. The reverb is excellent, there are good equalize possibilities (parametric and linear) and there are effects for mixdown to give extra dimension to the sound. It is possible to cut, copy and paste with recorded......
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    I purchased my ZOOM MRS4 recorder in December 2002 in Germany at https://www.musik-produktiv.de for 299 Euros. I have made midi recordings on my keyboard but I missed playing with real instruments. Now I use midi recordings (piano, bass, drums, organ) together with real guitar. Sounds real good.

    The unit is verry easy to use. The sound quality is a little bit under CD quality (32 kHz instead of 44 kHz) but I cannot hear the difference. The unit has some good effects on board. The reverb is excellent, there are good equalize possibilities (parametric and linear) and there are effects for mixdown to give extra dimension to the sound. It is possible to cut, copy and paste with recorded tracks from any place to any place. Also with the back up files from your recording on your computer you can copy and paste and change the filenames of the tracks to move them to other tracks.

    Every track has eight virtual tracks.
    If four tracks have been recorded you can make a mixdown on 2 virtual tracks. In that way you can free 2 tracks for more recording.

    The files can be copied to a PC with a SmartMedia Card reader. Yoo have to but that seperately. The software con be downloaded from the zoom website. It's very easy to back-up and restore your recordings and convert the files to wav with this software.

    The 32Mb Smartmedia card that is in the package is too limited in time. If you have recorded 4 tracks for a 3.5 minute song (4 x 3.5 minutes = 14 minutes) in HiFi mode you have only 3 minutes left. Not enough to make a stereo mixdown (you would need 2 x 3.5 minutes). So a 128 Mb card is the best option.

    Construction is made from plastic, but if you treat the unit in a normal way there should not be any problem. Buttons work fine.

    Sound quality superb! Very easy to use. In no time you can make a verry good recording that sounds professional.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Zoom MRS-4

    Zoom MRS-4Published on 01/06/03 at 15:00
    I got for a X-mas present from my parents. They bought it from Fox Music around 400-600 dollars.

    It has a clean sound when recording. You can dubb solos and stuff over a track you have already recorded. It has two inputs. A good amout of effects on it. Comes with a 15 song holder memory called. Can hook it up to basically anything: stereo, cd burner, midi, headphones. It can run off of 4 batteries.

    Hard to use and understand at first. Only has four tracks(of course you could pay more for a 12 track one).

    Has very good quality. Constructed out of strong plastic, which acts like metal. Doesn't have a cd burner built in it.

    Good tool to have if you are just starting to record or aren't......
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    I got for a X-mas present from my parents. They bought it from Fox Music around 400-600 dollars.

    It has a clean sound when recording. You can dubb solos and stuff over a track you have already recorded. It has two inputs. A good amout of effects on it. Comes with a 15 song holder memory called. Can hook it up to basically anything: stereo, cd burner, midi, headphones. It can run off of 4 batteries.

    Hard to use and understand at first. Only has four tracks(of course you could pay more for a 12 track one).

    Has very good quality. Constructed out of strong plastic, which acts like metal. Doesn't have a cd burner built in it.

    Good tool to have if you are just starting to record or aren't too serious about it yet.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Zoom MRS-4

    Zoom MRS-4Published on 01/06/03 at 15:00
    I ordred it from my music teacher, in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, to record my songs that I write. I paid $518.85, Canadian.

    I really like the ease of use. It's quick, fun, and laid out logically. The quality is fine for the most part. The two inputs are great. I just recently figured out the routing (for signal splitting and stereo sound). The effects seem fine to me. It has a nice chorus and cad simulation. the level display is great. Very easy to read and accurate. The faders are quiet, the bounce function is super quick and easy, and it retains the origional sound quite well.

    The worst thing, would have to be that darn RECFULL sign! Not enough space! I record almost primarily......
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    I ordred it from my music teacher, in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, to record my songs that I write. I paid $518.85, Canadian.

    I really like the ease of use. It's quick, fun, and laid out logically. The quality is fine for the most part. The two inputs are great. I just recently figured out the routing (for signal splitting and stereo sound). The effects seem fine to me. It has a nice chorus and cad simulation. the level display is great. Very easy to read and accurate. The faders are quiet, the bounce function is super quick and easy, and it retains the origional sound quite well.

    The worst thing, would have to be that darn RECFULL sign! Not enough space! I record almost primarily on low quality, wich sounds fine (and for some styles, sounds even better than high quality), but I still run out on a regular basis. The good news, though, is that you can always invest in a bigger smartmedia card($120 canadian will get you 120 megs, the supplied card has 34, and does 17 min hi-fi, and I think 33 min long). I guess you need a good CD burner, or cassette recorder. I think an MD would work best. There were a couple little glitches in some parts, excess noise and what have you, but it's usually only on one track.

    As with most zoom units, the construction was a bit brittle. I made a case to carry the thing in. The input level pots were noisy after a while, but the faders were fine. Just have to be a bit careful, that's all.

    Overall, it is a very good machine. A great replacement for the traditional 4-track, and it's expandable. It would be good for the dudes who sit in there rooms rocking out wiht thier own tunes, looking to make a demo or somehting, just like me!
    -Hobz

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Zoom MRS-4

    Zoom MRS-4Published on 05/26/02 at 15:00
    I was looking for some way to note down the mass of ideas that I constantly seem to come up with and then instantly forget.
    This search lead me to the range of digital mini-studios currently available.
    Not being the most wealthy musician around, I opted for the cheapest digital 4 track around - the Zoom MRS-4. I paid £220 and bought it in London.

    This unit is so simple to operate, my Grandad could do it. Switch it on and within minutes you can be making decent recordings.
    It's small (but not so small that you need tweezers to operate the thing!) and uncluttered.
    It links via midi to my drum machine, so I don't need to use up a track recording drums (and you can re-work the drums after......
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    I was looking for some way to note down the mass of ideas that I constantly seem to come up with and then instantly forget.
    This search lead me to the range of digital mini-studios currently available.
    Not being the most wealthy musician around, I opted for the cheapest digital 4 track around - the Zoom MRS-4. I paid £220 and bought it in London.

    This unit is so simple to operate, my Grandad could do it. Switch it on and within minutes you can be making decent recordings.
    It's small (but not so small that you need tweezers to operate the thing!) and uncluttered.
    It links via midi to my drum machine, so I don't need to use up a track recording drums (and you can re-work the drums after you have recorded the other parts).
    Sound quality is excellent for the price.

    32MB smartmedia card supplied is not big enough to do much at all.
    Display is a little limiting - they could have made this an LCD and easier to read.
    The in-built effects are ok, but not great. they are enough for noting ideas though - which is what I bought the unit for. You really need a seperate guitar FX.
    One small point too - Although my drum machine is a Zoom unit too (123), it doesn't sync perfectly, if you stop the track half way through and then re-start it, the drum machine starts from the beginning of the drum song. You are better off recording using the in-built metronome and then adding the drums after.

    Plastic but fairly solid. Zoom units always feel a little flimsy. Don't stand on it and you'll be ok.

    Excellent value for money and if you already own Guitar FX and a drum machine, there is no point buying the Boss BR-532 as the inclusion of these is the only thing the Boss unit has over the Zoom MRS-4. Save yourself the money.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Zoom MRS-4Published on 07/28/03 at 03:27
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    - 2 mic / line asymtriques jack, 2 inputs auxiliaures jack, 1 headphone, stereo master output RCA, 1 MIDI OUT.
    - Sampling at 32 kHz compressed hifi, lofi is also an option (not tested, must be at 11kHz).
    - Smart storage media (32MB included as standard)
    - Master in sync only
    - 2-track recording, 4 in reading, 8 virtual tracks per track.
    - Possibility to connect an external box type auxiliary inputs on rhythm, in sync noon, which quickly from having recourse to a table mix.
    - Tuner, built-in metronome
    - Backup utility for pc and mac + convert tracks to wav.
    - Power supply not included

    UTILIZATION

    Device very simple and intuitive, the doc is correct but is not ...
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    - 2 mic / line asymtriques jack, 2 inputs auxiliaures jack, 1 headphone, stereo master output RCA, 1 MIDI OUT.
    - Sampling at 32 kHz compressed hifi, lofi is also an option (not tested, must be at 11kHz).
    - Smart storage media (32MB included as standard)
    - Master in sync only
    - 2-track recording, 4 in reading, 8 virtual tracks per track.
    - Possibility to connect an external box type auxiliary inputs on rhythm, in sync noon, which quickly from having recourse to a table mix.
    - Tuner, built-in metronome
    - Backup utility for pc and mac + convert tracks to wav.
    - Power supply not included

    UTILIZATION

    Device very simple and intuitive, the doc is correct but is not ...

    SOUNDS

    Sound correct trs despite a slight breath, especially with a live microphone jack. advice pramplifier source and connect online to minimize background noise.
    The dynamics is correct for this level. To quibble, we say that the extreme frquences are not highlighted, I found the decision-aliasing on low, for example ... but hey this is not done to DEFINITIONS of, let's be clear ...
    The effects are correct without more, is used to color a little taken (an insert type limiter / compressor, an effect send, two semi paramtriques track, a master of dynamic effect).

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use this 4-track two weeks ago, it took me 2 hours, while working without me to the head, the bte to master and use all the options: play / record and go , bouncing, mixing summary, edit, markers, punch in / out ... The goal was for me to have something to work during the holidays, or when I dplace: lightweight and compact device is simple, its ok for a trs trs low price (cheaper than its competitors boss / korg), possibility to connect and synchronize a Pocket squenceur without having recourse to a table mix. For the use I make of the sudden, I think acqurir a small preamp to optimize quality of the catch.
    on the other hand let's be clear, it is not with this type of device that you leave a cd (although, lofi ...).
    Another point, the smart media supplied as standard is quickly full, it is more than one board of acqurir card 128MB or more for comfort (for IDE, 32MB can store 16 minutes of recording in short, a title on four tracks ... 4 minutes)
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  • Zoom MRS-4Published on 10/27/03 at 09:37
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    See data sheet of the manufacturer or other notices

    T have an XLR input more ... but the price can not just ask!

    >>>> Bring a SmartMedia 128 MB seems to me indispensable <<<<

    I use the BAR mrt-3 Zoom in MIDI sync, all works well trs

    UTILIZATION

    Too bad the display is made by LCD display segments, I prfr a notch with a matrix so as not to have what is described dchiffrer on the screen .. . still a matter of qualitprix report!

    Reading the manual is really helpful to understand all the tricks of the beast

    Simple functions, such as making a clear IMMEDIATE rate (which is often!), Is a bit tedious but ultimately navigate: this is still the fact that the small screen is not......
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    See data sheet of the manufacturer or other notices

    T have an XLR input more ... but the price can not just ask!

    >>>> Bring a SmartMedia 128 MB seems to me indispensable <<<<

    I use the BAR mrt-3 Zoom in MIDI sync, all works well trs

    UTILIZATION

    Too bad the display is made by LCD display segments, I prfr a notch with a matrix so as not to have what is described dchiffrer on the screen .. . still a matter of qualitprix report!

    Reading the manual is really helpful to understand all the tricks of the beast

    Simple functions, such as making a clear IMMEDIATE rate (which is often!), Is a bit tedious but ultimately navigate: this is still the fact that the small screen is not the place to display two things at the same time

    SOUNDS

    Of the 32 Khz Sampling, it is not 44 kHz, but even when one is above the quality mp3 for example (and then we have to make everything fit in the memory card !)

    Pleasantly surprised at the outcome level: quality broadly acceptable to the range and numerous enough to find his foot shoe (compressors, echos, mastering ...)

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use the bte for 5 months and I put about 10 all will integrate without too take my head.

    The pros:

    1. compactness of the machine without being either a big gadget weak

    2. software for tlchargeable grate tracks in the memory card trs trs practice (soon to have 10,000 buy cards if you want to keep a lot of things)

    3. the ease of implementation

    4. the great price which I bought 180 of OCCAZ on this site
    The -:

    1. A 32MB card = 4 (or 6 with AUX) mono tracks of 3'30''= no possibility to make the bouncing (fusion of tracks) ... => NCESS to buy a card capacity suprieure (fortunately, it's not cheap trs)

    2. Orders can be a bit difficult to ACCS (I tickle)

    3. The habit that the machine crash when recording so that there is not too much space (memory error): it is necessary to have room enough memory card so
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  • Anonymous

    Zoom MRS-4Published on 06/16/04 at 14:32
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Important note: I am a total novice in the field of recording and I make music as an amateur

    Record 1 or 2 digital inputs.
    Track editing functions (copy full or partial merger of N tracks on a single, etc ...)
    Up to 4 tracks in pieces and mix down with adjustable volume, panning, etc ... track by track.
    A SmartMedia storage (32 MB supplied, it quickly limit)
    Some built-in effects (chorus, compressor, etc. ...)
    Metronome and tuner

    UTILIZATION

    For a novice like me, the basic use is simple with buttons like "Magneto". The doc is clear enough for people to understand quickly how to make things more complicated (punch in / out, etc ...).
    The manipulations are fast databases......
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    Important note: I am a total novice in the field of recording and I make music as an amateur

    Record 1 or 2 digital inputs.
    Track editing functions (copy full or partial merger of N tracks on a single, etc ...)
    Up to 4 tracks in pieces and mix down with adjustable volume, panning, etc ... track by track.
    A SmartMedia storage (32 MB supplied, it quickly limit)
    Some built-in effects (chorus, compressor, etc. ...)
    Metronome and tuner

    UTILIZATION

    For a novice like me, the basic use is simple with buttons like "Magneto". The doc is clear enough for people to understand quickly how to make things more complicated (punch in / out, etc ...).
    The manipulations are fast databases in the blink of an eye, and the screen backlight is very convenient.

    SOUNDS

    In "stereo", I find the sound quality very correct. This is not a professional 48-track studio, but it's not what you asked! To scrape the place, you can register as "long" and there is frankly not as good ... but it may suffice to capture an idea when the place is fair.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I Zoom for almost 2 years and I admit at first I did not really use it for two reasons:
    - I had an acoustic guitar so the slightest noise and bam, had to start!
    - I was a bad guitarist, so the result was frankly not audible
    In recent months, I use the zoom much more regularly, to work / record my own compositions. I went on a 128MB SmartMedia and I just bought a SmartMedia reader to transfer the catch on my iMac (so I can make MP3s and listen to my friends, it's great).

    I do not regret my purchase, and the zoom is exactly what I need: given my ambitions (amateur), we obtain a result quite stunning for the average listener, and this without taking the lead.
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