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BR-1200CD Digital Recording Studio

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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.
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Overview

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.

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
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4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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simplicity

I have used this devise for over half a year with absolutly no problems. This is a perfect starter studio and will set you on the right path to the "big...Read complete review

I have used this devise for over half a year with absolutly no problems. This is a perfect starter studio and will set you on the right path to the "big time," digital recorders. It is perfect for highschool musician, being one myself. This devise could be worked by a first grader and i am confidents that it will be very effective and easy. The one problem with this devise, for me at least, is the memory capacity. Although it can handle about 20 songs, unless you back it onto a more powerful hard-drive, you will run in to problems frequently filling up your memory.

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Great features, but slow

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...Read complete review

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.

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2.0

Don't expect great recordings.

By A

from B,ID

Pros: 1) Good for recording riffs so you don't forget them. 2) Built in tuner. 3) Easy single track and bounce ability. 4) Good for recording clean un-distorted music. 5)Decent vocal effects and capabilities. Cons: 1)The on-board distorted effects are at a low volume and sound like they're coming from a tin can. 2)Doubling/Layering tracks more than 2 times creates crackling sound. 3) Takes forever to start up. 4) Programing "your own" drum tracks is a pain, and very time consuming. 5) Cannot be controlled by your computer. (though you can upload files via usb cable) 6) This is not a sound card you can use the effects and go direct to a live computer based software. (not that you would want to use the effects) 7) Altering effects for different distortions is impossible as they just get worse with any changes. Your just not going to get very many pro sounding recording from this.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Had mine for years-like it a lot but...

By david

from Washington, D.C.

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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5.0

This Machine is Fantastic

By Josh

from Blue Springs, MO.

The sound quality is great,the built in effects are great. Its really easy to figure out. if you want more than 2 inputs at a time, buy the BR-1600. I wish it had a separate fader to bounce and master to. other than that it seems to be a really high quality piece of equipment.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great features, but slow

By devon trem

from Madison, WI

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.

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5.0

INCREDIBLE MACHINE !

By M. Rhodes

from Allen Park, Michigan

After using a Boss BR-8 for many years, this was a natural step up. Using the drum pattern creator can be pretty frustrating at first but, like guitar, practice with it and you are sure to be amazed. I also have the luxury of owning a Boss DR-880 rhythm machine and MIDI sync-up with the BR-1200CD has produced some incredible results. The BR-1200CD also solved the frustrating memory expansion problem with my DR-880 allowing me to save all of my DR-880 patterns and songs to CD and HD memory. Additionally, as always, the mastering, effects, amp modeling, and EQ functions are pretty darn awesome as has been my experience for over 30+ years of using Boss/Roland products. Only dislike (and not a show stopper�ۡ��_) is the inability to COPY bass and drum patterns to audio tracks (in other words, copy data from tracks 8/9/10 to tracks 1-7+ V-tracks). This function is possible for loop-phrase WAV�ۡ���s generated on tracks 9/10 however, which is pretty cool. All in all, a wise purchase.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love it!

By Lauryn

from Dallas, TX

I've had this recorder for almost a year now, and I love it. It's extremely easy to use. However, if you're looking to record a few different instruments at the same time, I'd go ahead and invest a few hundred more dollars for the 1600, because you can only use two inputs at one time on the 1200. And you don't want to keep songs on there for very long, because the memory will run out fast. Also, from what I've seen so far, it's not a recorder for anything with heavy distortion. But, as I said, it's very easy to use, so it's made for the musician who doesn't want to spend hours reading a manual before laying down some tracks.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

definately worth the money

By Lauryn

from dallas, texas

I've had this for about 2 months, and so far it's been great. It's really easy to figure out. The drum machine is a great edition. I really haven't had any problems with it. The only complaint that I have is that it only has two inputs. If you're wanting to record a band live, it's pretty much not possible, so you're going to have to record two tracks at a time at the most. However, if it's that big of a deal then you can always upgrade to the br1600.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fun Iten

By Amaro Saumell

from California

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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(48 of 54 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

simplicity

By The Captain

from Los Angeles

I have used this devise for over half a year with absolutly no problems. This is a perfect starter studio and will set you on the right path to the "big time," digital recorders. It is perfect for highschool musician, being one myself. This devise could be worked by a first grader and i am confidents that it will be very effective and easy. The one problem with this devise, for me at least, is the memory capacity. Although it can handle about 20 songs, unless you back it onto a more powerful hard-drive, you will run in to problems frequently filling up your memory.

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy to Use!

By Bill

from Illinois

When i bought this recorder a few years ago I didn't have a clue how to run a digital recorder because I mainly used software to record I had to read the manual a few times,but once you catch on its a peice of cake like every roland product...once you learn the roland language you can use any roland product Roland/Boss is the most user friendly equipment and its made to last the only downfall is the price I think around $700 is more reasonable

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