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The battery-powered Boss BR-800 Digital Recorder is like having an audio studio to go. The BR-800 recorder's sleek design is made possible by touch-sensor switches and SD-card recording media. Record ... Click To Read More About This Product


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The battery-powered Boss BR-800 Digital Recorder is like having an audio studio to go. The BR-800 recorder's sleek design is made possible by touch-sensor switches and SD-card recording media. Record up to 4 tracks simultaneously with 8 tracks of simultaneous playback plus an additional stereo track dedicated to the Boss BR-800's built-in rhythm generator.

The BR-800 recorder's powerful onboard effects processor includes GT-10/10B effects, VE-20 vocal effects and harmonies, and COSM-based acoustic-guitar body modeling. An EZ Recording feature interactively guides you through the recording process. A built-in stereo microphone makes instant "Song Sketch" recording possible. No matter where you roam, you'll never miss a moment of musical inspiration with the Boss BR-800.

EZ Recording
Whether you're creating intricate, multi-layered songs or point-and-capture field recordings, the Boss 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, COSMguitar/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.

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 digital recorder'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.

  • 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 adapter (included)
  • 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: 24 bit
    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)

    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 (sold separately): 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: 11.37inches (289mm)
    Depth: 7.24 inches (184mm)
    Height: 2.28 inches (58mm)
    Weight: 1.96 lb. (890g)
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BossBR-800 Digital Recorder

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  • Compact (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)


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  • Home studio (3)

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By Icewind

from Austin, TX

Comments about Boss BR-800 Digital Recorder:

I am a previous user and big fan of the BR-600 and Micro BR. Once I saw this and I had to have it. This thing has a slick new look, new effects and drums, touch controls, and you can use it as a control surface for your PC DAW if you're so inclined. A lot of great steps forward! But then they took a giant leap backwards. I feel the need to make sure as many people as possible know about this before purchasing: You can't edit tracks on this unit. That's right, a crucial feature that was in the BR-600 and the Micro BR (and all other digital recorders of this kind) has been REMOVED. On previous units you could work within a track by moving segments around or copy/pasting them to other parts of the track/other tracks. On this one, there is no way to do that. You can copy a track in its entirety to another track, but that's it. They actually expect you to export all of your stuff to your computer in order to do any track editing. So much for the "portable music production solution" as they print on the box; you've been chained to your computer, like it or not. If this matters to you (and if you're looking for a portable digital recorder that frees you from your computer, this DOES matter to you), then wait. Maybe they'll update the firmware and correct this ridiculous decision (and yes, this was a conscious decision by Boss "based on market feedback"). Or maybe you should look elsewhere.

(29 of 74 customers found this review helpful)


used it

By david mcclendon

from parkview iowa

Comments about Boss BR-800 Digital Recorder:

my dad has recorded endlessly on the analog model. he tried others but ended up buying another boss. he put it thru the ringers and produced studio quality sound his friends were amazed. digital is easier to record on so if your in the market dont buy anything to record on unless its a boss . they won me over

(28 of 54 customers found this review helpful)


Nice Upgrade from Analog

By Kelly

from California

Comments about Boss BR-800 Digital Recorder:

I upgraded from my old analog multi-trac recorder to this and I couldn't be happier. It has a lot more options than my old recorder, has good high and low range recording it doesn't miss anything it also has less distortion than my old analog one.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


THIS BR-800 Portabal Digital Recorder WAS ALMOST PERFECT



Comments about Boss BR-800 Digital Recorder:

I HATE THAT THIS DIGITAL RECORDER HAS TOUCH SENSOR BUTTONS/SWITCHES. I HAVE NOTICED in cold weather the buttons do not work correctly. its a big deal for me because,i get all inspired and in the grove with my music and every thing is going perfect,,,, then all of a suden the touch screen buttons don't. it shoots my insperaction to the toilet. i can set there a push the touch screen buttons for 5-10 minutes and they don't work, i turn the power off/then on. then half of the buttons work and so on, till a get them to all work. thats my short brief story. every thing else works great.


Great quality

By Ronster

from Los Angeles CA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer


  • Compact
  • Excellent Sound


  • Not difficult to use, but manual is useless
  • You need to invest in a private tutor.

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Boss BR-800 Digital Recorder:

I was used to the BOSS 900. This is not as similar as advertised, but if you can get a pro to give you a private tutorial, than you can get it down. And the quality is excellent!


Great product. Will buy another to link together.

By Vmar514

from KC mo

About Me Novice

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Verified Buyer


  • Compact
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Boss BR-800 Digital Recorder:

    I purchased this to experiment with.


    Home Recourding made fun and easy,

    By Alf

    from South San Francisco

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer


    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Powerful
    • Versatile


      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Boss BR-800 Digital Recorder:

      I love it.

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