BOSS BR-80 - Digital Recorder

Small enough to fit in your pocket, the BOSS MICRO BR BR-80 is the ultimate new portable recording and jam-along tool for guitarists and other musicians.

It's equipped with three modes to create, record and perform your music: an eight-track MTR (Multi-Track Recorder) mode, an eBand mode for onstage backing tracks and phrase training and a Live Rec mode for instantly capturing high-quality stereo recordings. You can even combine the three modes seamlessly. Record your phrase ideas using Live Rec mode, for example and then import the recordings into MTR mode to use as foundations for song production. Once you've added tracks, import your finished songs into eBand mode for backing-track accompaniment at the gig. The MICRO BR BR-80 is truly a must-have for all musicians!

- Three modes: MTR (multi-track recorder), eBand and Live Rec
- Records directly to SD/SDHC memory card (up to 32 GB)
- High-quality, stereo condenser microphone built in for instant audio capture
- 64 V-Tracks and eight simultaneous playback tracks
- eBand function for phrase training and play-along tracks
- Huge library of built-in backing and rhythm patterns
- World-class COSM amps and effects onboard
- Use as a USB audio interface with built-in effects
- SONAR X1 LE software included

Well this is embarrasing1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreNorth Vancouver, British Columbia
Saw the glittering adverts from Boss - Looks like exactly what I need to record quick demo songs! First attempt, strange I can't see to even get a drum track to play. When I try to navigate to different patterns i get 'Protected' message. Back to YouTube - watch the demo video - Got it - looks so easy! Back to the BR80 - did exactly what I saw - after an hour I couldn't get a simple drum track to play - seems like it is a drum track editor (build your own) rather than choose a drum track. Read the manual - no idea what it means on this topic. Let me contrast this manual with the manual for my new BOSS Katana 100W Guitar Amp - I read the manual in 6 minutes - I didn't need to - its obvious how to operate it. Back to the BR80 -The eband worked as advertised - great sound - fun to play along - obvious how to use it. There is no power adapter - the two AA batteries were done in an hour. The jog wheel would only turn when forced then jumps several steps of whatever I'm trying to pick. I found the controls very small and fiddly, the menu's and selection operations not-intuitive at all. Some years ago I used the BOSS BR1600 - that was a dream machine and I created many complex great sounding tracks. The BR80 is heading back to the store - I could not get anything useful out of it. I'm a Systems Programmer by trade - how embarrassing (actually, it should be embarrassing for BOSS, not for me!) - LOL! I'm returning The BR80 for the BR800 - it looks to run the same software but is bigger and has more hardware controls that should make it easier to operate. I still choose BOSS for recording because they have the best effects and can make a track sound professional without Outboard editing. Good luck with the BR80!
Posted by James on May 11, 2020
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Great Little Digital Multitrack Recorder7 of 8 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCambridge, Ontario
The digital recording features of this product are what make the product valuable to me. It also has an eband mode which adds backing tracks you can play along with. Cheesy as heck 80s tracks that make me sound like Van Halen and laugh like crazy when I play along with them. Not an important feature, or selling point for me. Multitrack recording is infinite if you choose to bounce tracks down which is easy to do, and just makes sense. As an interface it didn't even work on my pc AMD chipset? Idk... Not important since latency blows , and that's why I bought a independent digital recorder anyway. USB transfer of tracks to your pc is easy. Lots of built in effects, mostly 80sish metal junk, but you will find some fairly decent quality effects you can use. My only issue is the fragile build quality. I'm not sure how long it will last, and imagine the scroll wheel will be the first thing to go. Also, if you want to use an AC adapter, you need to order a special one with a negative center pin, otherwise if you just use a regular 9v adapter, you will damage the unit. It doesn't come with the adapter, batteries might last 3/4 of the day of constant use MAX, so you will need lots of AAs if you don't by the adapter off ebay or wtv. This unit would not survive a single drop onto the ground either, so that's why it lost quality points. Be careful with it. It does what it's supposed too, but could be sturdier, and maybe a little less tacky. If they rebuilt it more like a traditional boss pedal, it'd be awesome. Digital Multitrack recorder foot pedal? Hey, there's a cool idea :) Demos on my YouTube channel recorded with the BR 80 https://www.youtube.com/user/arwyt
Posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2015
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Great practice tool4 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton South, Alberta
I bought the BR-80 mainly for practice. Playing along with the eBand is a lot of fun. The easy to use recording features make the little BR a great tool for recording your guitar playing and critiquing it afterwards.
Posted by Willis on May 23, 2015
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Makes it easy to be a one man band!9 of 11 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBurlington, Ontario
Best musical investment I have made since my first guitar. I have used so many different multi-track devices from analog tapes to computer interfaces and nothing matches this for simplicity and power.You can make a song in hours! All of these recorded with ONE guitar and the BR-80 (including bass tracks): http://www.soundcloud.com/softmelon
Posted by Ryan T. James on Nov 13, 2014
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