BR-800

BR-800: Digital Recorder

The Complete, Portable Music-Production Solution

Features

BOSS continues its top-selling tradition of portable, affordable multi-trackers with the new BR-800 — a battery-powered studio to go. The sleek new design is made possible by touch-sensor switches and SD-card recording media. Up to four tracks can be recorded simultaneously with eight tracks of simultaneous playback plus an additional stereo track dedicated to the built-in rhythm generator. The BR-800’s powerful onboard effects processor includes GT-10/10B effects, VE-20 vocal effects and harmonies, and COSM®-based acoustic-guitar body modeling. EZ Recording feature interactively guides through the recording process. A stereo microphone is also built into the BR-800 for instant “Song Sketch” recording. No matter where you roam, you’ll never miss a moment of musical inspiration with the BR-800.

  • 4-track simultaneous recording, 8-track simultaneous playback plus dedicated stereo rhythm track playback
  • EZ Recording interactively guides through the recording process
  • Powerful guitar, bass, and vocal effects derived from BOSS’s flagship processors
  • Song Sketch recording for quick stereo capture in WAV format
  • Built-in advanced drum machine with editor software
  • Functions as a USB audio interface and DAW control surface
  • Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 LE software with full audio loops and backing tracks included
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphone for instant recording
  • Sleek new interface based on touch sensors
  • 1GB SD included (supports up to 32GB SDHC card)
  • Runs on six AA batteries/USB bus power/AC adaptor (included)

The Complete, Portable Music-Production Solution

More Info

EZ Recording

Whether you’re creating intricate, multi-layered songs or point-and-capture field recordings, the BR-800 makes the recording process fast and easy. Beginners will love the new EZ Recording mode that interactively guides you through the recording process. Other helpful features include the convenient Retry function, which recues automatically to fix mistakes, and Song Sketch recording for instant, one-touch capture. There’s also a built-in stereo condenser microphone plus a DR-880-quality rhythm generator for adding drum and percussion tracks to your songs.

Pro Effects

Enhance your recordings with the powerful BOSS effects onboard the BR-800. Many of the effects are derived from BOSS’s flagship processors, including vocal effects from the VE-20, COSM® guitar/bass amps and effects from the GT-10 series, modeled acoustic-guitar body effects from the AP-1 preamp, which imparts pro-quality miked-up sound and rich body tone to line-recorded acoustic guitar. You’ll be amazed at how much processing power is built into this little recorder, and how excellent the effects sound.

Mobility

You can power the BR-800 from the included AC adaptor, or, for ultimate mobility, it can be powered from six AA batteries. Record anywhere! Stereo microphones are also built into the BR-800 for instant “Song Sketch” recordings — great for capturing song ideas (acoustic guitar and vocals, for example) from any location.

USB Enhanced

The BR-800’s USB compatibility enables a variety of functionality with computers. Connected to a PC, the BR-800 will function as a USB audio interface for recordings that utilize the internal effects. The BR-800 can also function as a control surface for DAW software.

The Complete, Portable Music-Production Solution

Specs

Number of Tracks
Track: 8
Simultaneously recording track: 4
V-Track: 64 (8 V-Tracks per each Track)
Sample Rate
44.1 kHz
Frequency Response
20 Hz to 20 kHz (+1/-3 dB)
AD Conversion
24 bit
24-bit + AF method (GUITAR/BASS input)

*AF (Adaptive Focus) method is a proprietary method from Roland that vastly improves the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio of the A/D and D/A converters.
DA Conversion
24bit
Compatible Card Capacity
SD Card: 1 GB to 2 GB
SDHC Card: 4 GB to 32 GB
Data Type
HiFi (MT2) Roland/BOSS original format
16 bit linear stereo WAV format(*)
*SONG SKETCH only
Recording Time
(for multi-track recording)
*Conversion in one track
1 GB: 8 hours 40 minutes
2 GB: 17 hours
4 GB: 34 hours
8 GB: 68 hours
16 GB: 136 hours
32 GB: 272 hours
* The above-listed recording times are approximate. Times may be slightly shorter depending on the number of songs that were created.
* The above number is the total for all the tracks that are used. If each of the eight tracks contain an equal amount of data, the length of the resulting song will be approximately 1/8 of the above.
Recording Time
(for SONG SKETCH)
*Stereo recording
1 GB: 90 minutes
2 GB: 3 hours
4 GB: 6 hours
8 GB: 12 hours
16 GB: 24 hours
32 GB: 48 hours
Nominal Input Level
GUITAR/BASS jack: -10 dBu
INPUT 1 to 4 jacks: -50 to -20 dBu (XLR type), -26 to +4 dBu (1/4" TRS phone type)
LINE IN jack: -10 dBu
Input Impedance
GUITAR/BASS jack: 1 M ohm
INPUT 1 to 4 jacks: 3k ohms (XLR type), 47 k ohms (1/4" TRS phone type)
LINE IN jack: 10 k ohms
Nominal Output Level
LINE OUT jacks: -10 dBu
Output Impedance
LINE OUT jacks: 1 k ohm
Recommended Load Impedance
LINE OUT jacks: 20 k ohms or greater
PHONES jack: 32 to 100 ohms
Residual Noise Level
LINE OUT jacks:-85 dBu or less (IHF-A Typ.)
Display
128 x 64 dots (Backlit LCD)
Connectors
GUITAR/BASS jack (1/4" phone type), INPUT 1--4 jacks (XLR type / 1/4" TRS phone type), LINE IN jack (Stereo miniature phone type), FOOT SW/EXP PEDAL (1/4" TRS phone type), LINE OUT jacks (RCA phono type), PHONES jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type), USB connector, DC IN jack
USB Function
Audio Input/Output, MIDI Input/Output, File Transfer, BUS Power operation
Power Supply
DC 9V: AC Adaptor
Size AA Dry battery x 6 (alkaline batteries recommended)
USB Bus Power
Current Draw
280 mA (DC IN)
480 mA (USB Bus Power)
Battery Life for Continuous Use
Approximately 5.5 hours
(Alkaline dry batteries, with continuous playback of 8 tracks, phantom power off)
* May vary according to usage conditions, phantom power used, batteries used, and type of SD card used.
Accessories
SD Card (1 GB), AC Adaptor, USB Cable, BR-800 DVD-ROM, Owner's Manual
Options
Footswitch: FS-5U, Pedal Switch: DP-2 (Roland), Expression Pedal: EV-5 (Roland), FV-500L/FV-500H, Soft Case: BA-CB1
Size and Weight
Width
289 mm
11-7/16 inches
Depth
184 mm
7-1/4 inches
Height
58 mm
2-5/16 inches
Weight
890 g
2 lbs.
* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms* USB Driver for BR-800 requires Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.4 or later. For more detail, please refer to the documents attached with the drivers.
In the interest of product improvement, the specifications and/or appearance of this unit are subject to change without prior notice.

Accessories

FS-5U/-5L

Foot Switch

FS-5U/-5L

Durable metal footswitch available in latching and unlatching types.

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DP-2

Damper Pedal

DP-2

Momentary footswitch for use with keyboards and recording products.

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EV-5/-7

Expression Pedals

EV-5/-7

Durable pedals for controlling a wide range of effects parameters.

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FV-500H/-500L

Volume Pedal

FV-500H/-500L

Tank-tough diecast pedals designed to meet the needs of the most demanding players.

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Downloads & Updates

Downloads & Updates

BR-800 System Update Version 1.10

This is the latest operating system version for the BR-800. Please refer to the "BR-800 System Update Procedure.pdf" document included in this download for update instructions.

BR-800 Version 1.10 Features:

  • Copying insert effects
  • Track Editing functions including copying, moving, erasing, and exchanging tracks
BR-800 Rhythm Editor v1.0 (PC)

This is an application program for editing rhythm parameters of the BR-800 on your computer.

BR-800 Rhythm Editor v1.0 (Mac)

This is an application program for editing rhythm parameters of the BR-800 on your computer.

BR-800 Driver for Driver Ver.1.0.1 for Windows 8/8.1

IMPORTANT NOTICE: When the Windows SmartScreen is displayed upon installing the driver, please perform the following procedure:
1. Click [ More info ]
2. Click [ Run anyway ]
* Skip Step 1 If your PC is not connected to the internet.

BR-800 USB Driver (Vista 32Bit)
BR-800 USB Driver (Vista 64Bit)
BR-800 USB Driver (Win7 32Bit)
BR-800 USB Driver (Win7 64Bit)
BR-800 USB Driver (Windows XP)
BR-800 USB Driver v1.0.0 for Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)


We have confirmed that certain Mac models exhibit symptoms such as recording or playback not working properly. We are currently investigating this issue. Updated information regarding this can be found on this page.

We recommend users who operate one of the following Mac models not update to OS X Mavericks (10.9) at this time:

  • iMac: Late 2009
  • Mac Book: Late 2009
  • Mac Book Pro: Mid 2009, Mid 2010
  • Mac mini: Mid 2010
BR-800 USB Driver v1.0.0 (Mac OS 10.8)
BR-800 USB Driver v1.0.0 (Mac OS 10.7)
BR-800 USB Driver (Mac OS 10.6)
BR-800 USB Driver (Mac OS 10.5 and earlier)
BR-800 Factory Data
BR WAV Converter v3.1 (PC)
This is the latest version of the BR Wav Converter software for converting MICRO BR® BR-80 tracks to .WAV files and .WAV files to MICRO BR® BR-80 tracks.
BR WAV Converter v3.11 (Mac)
This is the latest version of the BR Wav Converter software for converting MICRO BR® BR-80 tracks to .WAV files and .WAV files to MICRO BR® BR-80 tracks.

Support

If you have questions about operating your BOSS product, please check our Knowledge Base for answers to the most common questions.

You can also contact our Product Support department by phone or email.

In addition, we have a library of Support Documents that you can download and reference. If Support Documents are available for this product, they will be listed below.

Support Documents

BR-800 TurboStart
BR-800 Brochure
BOSS Product Catalog 2012
BOSS Product Catalog 2011

Product Manuals

Addendum: BR-800_AD.pdf
Patch/Performance List: BR-800_PA.pdf
Appendices: BR-800_Caution.pdf
Owner’s Manual: BR-800_e04.pdf