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      Boss BR-1200CD Digital Recording Studio (241013)
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Turn your ideas into finished songs with power and ease.

The Boss BR-1200CD Digital Recording Studio may be the most comprehensive hard disk recorder you can get, but it's also easy to use.
2-track simultaneous record and 12-track simultaneous playback with 192 virtual tracks, plus professional I/O makes the BR-1200CD a versatile recording partner. It's packed with great COSM effects and amp models derived from BOSS's GT-6/6B multi-effects processors, plus a great-sounding bass and drum rhythm programmer for instant backing tracks. Just press the Audio CD Write/Play button to jump to the CD Burning menu and finalize your project. Pro touches include an icon-based user interface, XLR inputs with phantom power, and a USB port for audio export/import in WAV format.

Multi-effects and COSM models

The BR-1200CD is equipped with a powerful multi-effects processor derived from the famous BOSS GT-6/GT-6B. A lineup of COSM models include the world-standard Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus, R-FIier Vintage, Metal Stack, BOSS Compact Pedal models such as OD-1 and MT-2, and more. COSM Mic Models emulate expensive condenser mics. Correct pitch and add harmonies with the Vocal Tool Box, and for the finishing touch, tap into the Mastering Tool Kit to put a pro-quality polish on your tracks.

Backing band built in

Another distinguishing feature of the BR-1200CD is its world-class bass and drum programmer, packed with instruments and patterns to suit a variety of styles. Realistic acoustic drums and percussion are included, as well as many electronic sounds to compose modern hybrid types of music. For bass, you can choose from a variety of bass sounds, such as slapped basses, picked basses, and fretless basses. Jam along with the supplied patterns or create your own from scratch. The EZ Compose feature makes ultrarealistic custom programming a snap. There's also a selection of great loop phrases pre-installed on the internal hard drive.

Computer connection

The BR-1200CD has a USB port for simple, one-cable data exchange with your computer. You can export audio tracks to your computer in WAV format, and safely save backups of your song data. If you have WAV files you would like to use, you can import them to the BR-1200CD's tracks via USB as well.

Boss BR-1200CD Digital Recording Studio Features:

  • 12-track playback
    192 virtual tracks
    2-track simultaneous record
    CDRW drive
    40GB hard drive
    Insert effects
    Mastering Tool Kit
    Vocal Tool Kit
    COSM amp and effects models
    Programmable drum generator
    2 XLR inputs with phantom power
    TRS inputs
    Hi-Z guitar/bass input
    RCA I/O
    Optical digital out
    Footswitch jack
    Expression pedal jack
    MIDI I/O
    USB jack




Boss BR-1200CD Digital Recording Studio

Boss pedals - 5 year parts warranty
90 day labor warranty.
1 year warranty - Multitracks, Jamstations, etc.
Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.

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Product Reviews
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  • Had mine for years-like it a lot but...

    As reviewed by david on 12/6/2010

    I read the previous 11 reviews and I'm a little confused because I have over 100 songs on mine and counting. Also, why would you want more imputs? You can only get real good quality by plugging in 1 at a time. For example, if you plug in a guitar, and a michrophone at the same time and scroll through the effects, you'll find either an "ok" guitar sound, or an "ok" mike sound, but never both. 1 will have diminished quality. You are better off putting in the guitar part, and then overdubbing the vocal. I'm also puzzled by the reviews about the drum machine feature on this. I have the 1200, and my buddy has the 1600. We've been using both for years, and have completely givin up on the drum machine. Never has worked right on either one. And if you want to use the owners manual to figure it out, I hope you have a Harvard digital electronics engineering degree, otherwise, you'll be completely bald from pulling you hair out.

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  • Great features, but slow

    As reviewed by devon trem on 4/16/2010

    The BR1200 takes a long time to boot up--longer than my 3 yr old PC. When it's ready, it's wonderful to have 12 tracks at my disposal, fine-sounding effects, and an easy menu system. I like the sweetening effect of the mastering utility. I do wish I could apply line or guitar effects to vocals like the old BR-532 could. The controls are very easy to learn and markers are quite helpful. Very natural to use this instead of a mouse. I prefer to synch the BR1200 with an external drum machine, as it's easier for me to customize my drum backing that way. But syncing requires lots of fussing with menus on every song. The BR1200 was clearly designed to be used with its internal drums. The other complaint is the USB connectivity. It's cumbersome and time-consuming, requiring lengthy format conversions for each track, followed by a lengthy transfer to PC. Copying one song's worth of tracks takes a long time! It makes sense to use USB to transfer finished, mastered songs to the PC, but not individual tracks. This multi-tracker is great if your workflow is the same as the designers intended. For me, I want a fast way to jot down new ideas, and the machine's sluggishness startup irks me. I'd consider another model (using flash memory) if I lost it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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  • Fun Iten

    As reviewed by Amaro Saumell on 5/19/2008

    I had an earlier version of this portable recording studio that was difficult to use ebcause of lack of memory. Now, I have the BR-1200CD Digital Recording Studio. I see all possibilities. HOWEVER, if you're not familiar with recording jargon, the manual is rather difficult to navigate through. The ads for this item made it sound easy to use. I found that it is not. While the commands are similar to the older version, it is not easy. Had I not previously owned a similar product, I probably would have packed it up and sent it back because of frustration. I'm still determined to learn more about using this product.... and I'm only doing vocals on it at this point. I would heartily recommend a more "teachable" manual for this product.

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