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The Boss MICRO BR is the ultimate palmtop guitar companion and recording studio. Only slightly larger than an iPod, it offers four simultaneous playback tracks plus 32 virtual tracks, as well as MP3 c... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Boss MICRO BR is the ultimate palmtop guitar companion and recording studio. Only slightly larger than an iPod, it offers four simultaneous playback tracks plus 32 virtual tracks, as well as MP3 compatibility, effects, rhythm patterns, a tuner, USB port, microphone, an SD card slot, and more. Only 5-3/8"W x 3-3/16"H x 7/8"D, it gives you over a dozen front panel controls. The included 128MB SD card allows over an hour of mono recording.

Four tracks and more
At its core, the MICRO BR is a four-track studio with four simultaneous playback tracks and two simultaneous record/input tracks. Each of the four main playback tracks also has eight companion V-Tracks (for a total of 32), so you can record take after take after take, then pick your best material for final mixdown.

Drum machine and effects onboard
Given the MICRO BR's small size and low price, you might be surprised to find two big features onboard. First it has almost 300 drum patterns. Use them for play-along inspiration or even as song foundations. The rhythms don't consume any of the four playback tracks--they play back independently. The second is a quality multi-effects processor including a time-stretch algorithm for changing the tempo of your audio tracks without changing pitch--a great tool for both audio editing and phrase training. The Time Stretch feature can also be used with MP3 data; the MICRO BR's Center Cancel feature can be applied to MP3 data as well.

MP3 compatibility
The MICRO BR is capable of loading and playing MP3 files. Load up your favorite guitar hero song via USB, slow down the tempo with no pitch change, and learn all of your favorite licks. You can even use the MICRO BR as a standard MP3 player. All of your data is stored on convenient SD (Secure Digital) media found in common electronics shops. The included 128MB card, for example, can record approximately 65 minutes of audio when one mono track is selected.

For greater portable protection check out the BA-MBR-S Silicone Rubber Case (703129) made by Roland specifically for the Micro BR.

Features
  • Ultraportable palmtop recorder
  • 4-track playback
  • 32 virtual tracks
  • Loads and plays MP3 files
  • Multi-effects processor
  • Dedicated guitar input
  • Time-stretch and center cancel features
  • 293 rhythm patterns
  • Tuner
  • Microphone
  • USB port for data transfer
  • SD card slot for recording media (128MB card included)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
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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BossMicro BR 4-Track Recorder
 
4.5

(based on 30 reviews)

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The Little Giant of Recording...

Sweet Mother of God! This thing is a powerhouse of features and capability. I've had mine for about a month now, and I love it. I must warn you though. It is...Read complete review

Sweet Mother of God! This thing is a powerhouse of features and capability. I've had mine for about a month now, and I love it. I must warn you though. It is overwhelmingly confusing at first. You'll read the manual and mess around with it for a few days, and conclude "Yes! I've figured this thing out!" Then, you'll try and create a song, and then you'll realize that you have so much more to learn about this little guy. It took me a couple weeks of on and off tinkering, before I got it down. But man oh man! When you know how to use it, it's invaluable. It's the fact that it's about the size of an ipod, but it still has most of the features of a full size workstation. I have to admit, though, it would be SO much better if it was an 8-track. That's actually why I just use mine for personal songs and projects, or for recording sudden ideas and inspirations. When I use the MicroBR, I import on to my computer, whatever I record, because it's so much easier, and there are so much more possibilitys when you put it into some editing software (I use Guitar Tracks Pro). I'm in a garage band, so when we actually record songs for the real thing, we use my friends TASCAM 8-track, because it's easier and you dont have to run it through software for a finished product. Anyways, the MicroBR is great to start out with because it's only four tracks (or maybe not, because it's so complicated). But if you really want something serious if you're in a band, then get an 8-track, such as the Boss BR-600, or a TASCAM, and just use this for personal ideas, or if you're on the go. P.S. EXTREMELY HELPFUL TIP!!! Lets say you create an original rythym to go with your song. And you've finished your song and it's sounding good. So you want to import it onto the computer to edit it more, or you want to make a CD out of it. One problem... The MicroBR doesnt let you lay down rythym structures as tracks. This means that you cant import your rythym, because the rythym ISNT PART OF YOUR SONG! It's pretty much just a guideline, or metronome. Well, i figured out how to lay down rythyms as tracks. Make sure your ryhtym is turned on (you'll know what I'm talkin about after you read the manual), and then mute all the other tracks except for the track that you to be your rythym. Then turn the input sensitivity down to about -5 or -10. Now you need to somehow get a cable that has headphone jack type heads on BOTH ends. You also need a "headphone-jack-to-guitar-cable-input-head-type" coupler. Now, plug one end of the headphone jack type cable into the headphone jack. Now plug the coupler into the input jack. Now plug the REMAINING end of the headphone jack type cord into the coupler. Now press [record], [track #], [play], and then let it record until the end of the song. Then press [stop]. You have laid a rythym as a track. PLEASE DO NOT DISMISS THIS, EVEN IF IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE, BECAUSE YOU FIND THAT THIS SET OF INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE INVALUABLE TO YOU IN THE FUTURE. (pheww. I'm done)

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I have owned the BR for ...

I have owned the BR for about 3 or 4 weks and I really don't care for it. With all the features being handled by several buttons, I am way passed irritated. The...Read complete review

I have owned the BR for about 3 or 4 weks and I really don't care for it. With all the features being handled by several buttons, I am way passed irritated. The thought was nice to include a manual in the box but if you are not familiar with recording equipment, which I am, you will quickly find that these directions or not realistic to any question you might really have. The MP3 player rocked! The overall machine is great if you have time to sit and learn a new system. On the go people should avoid this new toy...;)

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(111 of 122 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Little Giant of Recording...

By StratMastah555

from Ohio (solon)

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

Sweet Mother of God! This thing is a powerhouse of features and capability. I've had mine for about a month now, and I love it. I must warn you though. It is overwhelmingly confusing at first. You'll read the manual and mess around with it for a few days, and conclude "Yes! I've figured this thing out!" Then, you'll try and create a song, and then you'll realize that you have so much more to learn about this little guy. It took me a couple weeks of on and off tinkering, before I got it down. But man oh man! When you know how to use it, it's invaluable. It's the fact that it's about the size of an ipod, but it still has most of the features of a full size workstation. I have to admit, though, it would be SO much better if it was an 8-track. That's actually why I just use mine for personal songs and projects, or for recording sudden ideas and inspirations. When I use the MicroBR, I import on to my computer, whatever I record, because it's so much easier, and there are so much more possibilitys when you put it into some editing software (I use Guitar Tracks Pro). I'm in a garage band, so when we actually record songs for the real thing, we use my friends TASCAM 8-track, because it's easier and you dont have to run it through software for a finished product. Anyways, the MicroBR is great to start out with because it's only four tracks (or maybe not, because it's so complicated). But if you really want something serious if you're in a band, then get an 8-track, such as the Boss BR-600, or a TASCAM, and just use this for personal ideas, or if you're on the go. P.S. EXTREMELY HELPFUL TIP!!! Lets say you create an original rythym to go with your song. And you've finished your song and it's sounding good. So you want to import it onto the computer to edit it more, or you want to make a CD out of it. One problem... The MicroBR doesnt let you lay down rythym structures as tracks. This means that you cant import your rythym, because the rythym ISNT PART OF YOUR SONG! It's pretty much just a guideline, or metronome. Well, i figured out how to lay down rythyms as tracks. Make sure your ryhtym is turned on (you'll know what I'm talkin about after you read the manual), and then mute all the other tracks except for the track that you to be your rythym. Then turn the input sensitivity down to about -5 or -10. Now you need to somehow get a cable that has headphone jack type heads on BOTH ends. You also need a "headphone-jack-to-guitar-cable-input-head-type" coupler. Now, plug one end of the headphone jack type cable into the headphone jack. Now plug the coupler into the input jack. Now plug the REMAINING end of the headphone jack type cord into the coupler. Now press [record], [track #], [play], and then let it record until the end of the song. Then press [stop]. You have laid a rythym as a track. PLEASE DO NOT DISMISS THIS, EVEN IF IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE, BECAUSE YOU FIND THAT THIS SET OF INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE INVALUABLE TO YOU IN THE FUTURE. (pheww. I'm done)

(26 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

returned

By zedsreviws

from San Francisco CA

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

Not a bad unit whatsoever. I think if you are looking more for a slick portable multitracker with a trainer builtin, maybe this thing is right up your alley. If your looking for an all in one device that handles everything a guitar player might ever want hold out for another year or 2 to be pleased (or more I dunno). The amp models are incredibly digital sounding without even any warmth offered by modeling a speaker it seems. Most of the tones sound like a Rockman. The drum machine wasnt inspiring. I didnt try the trainer or bouncing tracks around since I wouldnt want to listen to anything it produced drum or guitar tone wise. I grabbed a pocket pod to solve the ton eproblem but not sure about the drums... a pandora might be my next attempt.

(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not bad for $230

By A7Xaddict

from Undisclosed

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

This recorder is pretty cool. i admit it was confusing at first but i read the manual and i got the hang of it in like 2 hours. once u figure it out it is awesome. but the only thing is the mic. its kinda weak. but if ur in a garageband and u wanna record stuff i think this is for u. u can plug ur guitar, condenser mic bass into it and use the mic to record drums.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cool Item

By Vet

from Philadelphia

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

I've had this about 2 weeks and it was very confusing at first. Once you become familiar with the controls, this becomes quite a fun little recorder. It sounds great and it has many effects built in. My only issues, it eats batteries and the Boss AC adapter is hard to find. The other thing is that it doesnt record the drum rhythm patterns that you play in front of. The tip that Stratmastah555 posted sounds like a good way to record a rhythm, if someone could only tell me where to find those adapters.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

I have owned the BR for ...

By MissKriss

from Undisclosed

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

I have owned the BR for about 3 or 4 weks and I really don't care for it. With all the features being handled by several buttons, I am way passed irritated. The thought was nice to include a manual in the box but if you are not familiar with recording equipment, which I am, you will quickly find that these directions or not realistic to any question you might really have. The MP3 player rocked! The overall machine is great if you have time to sit and learn a new system. On the go people should avoid this new toy...;)

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very capable multi-track recorder; Great Value!

By 12-String Harry

from Vancouver, WA

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

In my book everything starts out with 5 stars. Here is my reasons for rating it 4 stars. I bought this recorder about 3 weeks ago and have been studying and practicing using its features. The instruction manual is quite extensive, however, since I am not experienced in recording anything, I have to take my time learning the intricate features/methods. I was hoping I could just press 1 or 2 buttons and record or review my song, but it actually takes about 3 or 4 buttons to accomplish this. (It lost a star because of this.) For your reference, here are the steps I use to record then listen to a song using the internal microphone: 1. Press POWER on button; 2. Press INPUT button then select internal MIC; 3. Press RECORD button; 4. then press PLAY button to begin immediate recording. To listen, 1. Press 2 buttons simultaneously to return to song beginning; 2. Press PLAY button to hear song; 3. Press STOP button to end listening (otherwise it keeps on listening to nothing!). These steps are not a really a problem as you will learn (memorize) them quickly! I can now begin to record or listen within a couple of seconds by quickly pressing the above button sequences. It lost another star because it does not have a built-in speaker. The only way to hear your recording is to use head phones. And if others want to hear your recording, they either must use your headphone, or you must download the song to a computer/CD ROM. On a positive note, I have installed the newest, fastest SD card, and it works perfectly! I am now using the SanDisk Extreme III SD card that provides 20MB per second read and write speed. For the price, I find this recorder very capable as it allows you to record 4 different tracks, edit, mix, and add effects to each, then assemble to a final functional song! For the price, it's a great value as most others cost nearly twice as much... so I gave it another star!

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Micro BR Is The Boss!

By Mike P.

from Aurora, Illinois

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

WOW! WOW! WOW! I purchased the Micro several days ago and can't put it down! I have just scratched the surface of what this little giant can do. I have recorded live and direct through the instrument port. The sound reproduction is fantastic and precise. I took it to a friend's house last night to show him. He was floored! This unit has completely made Pandora's box and the mini-disk player and other similar units obsolete. Also, the price is too good for all of the features that it has. The only way to improve on this is to give it 8 or 16 tracks. When that happens I will be the first in line to buy! You guys are great keep up the fantastic work. If you need me to endorse your product I will. Now all of my friends want one after playing with mine.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The second most important thing in my guitar case...

By Michael Staaf

from Youngstown, Ohio

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

I started out looking for a decent headphone amp for practicing on the road and after several returns escalated to the Micro BR. Wow! This unit sounds great in comparison to the others I've tried. I found a handfull of preset effects that were similar to the ones I use on my GT-8 within minutes, uploaded a few mp3 backing tracks and I was jammin. The .mp3 playback/timestretch is easy to use and great for dissecting your favorite licks, easy to access volume controls for in and out let you get a good balance of sound through your headphones quickly. A built in tuner! One less thing in my case. Drum/Rhythm patterns!(goodbye metronome) The 4 track recording capability... I plan to only use it to store cool licks I come across while practicing but I've mixed down some lead over some backing tracks and I'm impressed. Removing the card requires removing the batteries, I suggest purchasing the USB cable and upgrade your sd card(i got a 2gb one to work).

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GET IT!

By Death_Walker

from Los Angeles

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

I you need to record something you came up with on the go then this is what you need. It's great! i own it and it comes in very very handy...

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unreal!

By Judd

from Macon, GA

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

It's hard to believe that they got all of these features into something this small...Extremely simple to use, very intuitive. Time stretch-great! Recording-great! Effects-unbelievable! Tuner, mp3 player, drum machine... everything is better than I expected. I tried to find something wrong with the Micro BR, and I can't...nothing even close to this for this price...just get one...you won't regret it.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a surprise!

By Docwadd

from Minnesota

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

WOW! I couldn't believe they could fit so much into a little unit! It took me around an hour of tinkering and some reading to really get the hang of the button configurations...but once you get it...it is awesome! I just wish it had 8 tracks...but still for the money this thing is well worth EVERY penny spent. I'm very happy!!

(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Complicated Little Machine

By SixString Sammy

from Lewisville Texas

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

I purchased the Micro BR being told it would be easy to use, easy to handle, and very affordable.. What I found when I got it home and hooked it up is a NIGHTMARE.. This little monster is so complicated to use, that the manual thats supplied with the item dosn't give any justice at all. If you are a first timer with this type of equipement I would STRONGLY Suggest staying away from it.. My experiance with this thing has turned out to be a waste of money. The volume and hearing capabilitys of the BR are very poor, the effects are not high quality, the MP3 only holds certain size files, and will not let you load certain songs, the controls are very hard to get used to, and figure out, and the instruction manual is pretty much unreadable, and very hard to understand.. Do yourself a favor,,, Save your money and purchase something that is more user friendly...

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

One problem

By BTD

from A garage

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

okay the only problem me and my band have had with this recorder is that we would play the intro to one of our songs and it would sound great until we added our vocals to it. We are a screamo band and then we tried regular vocals (no screams) and it still sounded horrible u cant understand what we were saying. And as musicians know ppl want to hear what ur saying so unless u are an instrumental band i dont suggest this recorder

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

OK i guess...

By FunkyBass

from Indiana

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

Let me just start by saying that for such a small recorder, i was expecting far less. This recorder does a great job of squeezing as many features into as small of a interface as possible. However it does the bare minimum as far as recording goes. The recordings sound lifeless and uncoordinated. The drum machine and guitar effects sound like something from the white stripes. Save your money- buy a real recorder unless you are just going to jam with the drum machine

 
5.0

Great Little System!

By MPN28

from Austin, Texas

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

I was given one of these for a gift a couple of weeks ago. I took it out of the box, skimed the manual and had my first recording within an hour. Sounds fantastic for the size and price.

 
5.0

One of those rare products that hits the spot

By MyNameisNobody

from Southeast

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

Can you follow four steps on a single page to set up and record a new song? Then you can do just about anything you want with this little gem. Want to modify and save your own guitar mod with effects (and volume)? Follow about four steps on a single page of instructions. This thing goes far beyond what can be expected in a hand-held portable convenience recorder. I bought it primarily as a "sketch pad" to quickly and easily capture ideas. The other day I was about to walk out the door and couldn't resist sitting down to play my guitar for a minute. I found myself hitting the sweetspot of a cool groove that was only cool because of the specific way I was playing it. I reached over, plugged into my brand new Micro, created a "new song," hit record, and 30 seconds later, I was headed out the door for the day. A month ago that groove would have been lost forever.

 
5.0

Boss Micro BR 4-track

By Traveler

from Earth

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

When my laptop broke down during an on a tour recording, I purchased the Boss Micro BR to complete the project, and it came through with flying colors. This 4-trak recorder fits in your pocket, very cool for traveling. The drawbacks are: it's got too many functions in a small package, so you need to take some time to really study the manual, and it eats batteries like candy.

 
5.0

Nice If you are a beginner

By kevsss

from monterrey mexico.

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

this thing has everything you need to get started in the recording businnes but at first is not that easy to use i suggest you read the manual a little bit to get understand with an hour you will be doing your first recording but this thing is awesome for the price.also read the extra features in the manual...if you dont like reading manuals and getting a hard while with this i suggest not to buy it.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Purchased

By GuitarWannabe

from Fishers IN

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

Just purchased yesterday. I have tested most of the features and the first set of batteries have not died yet. Definately read the manual. Unless you already know how to use something similar, you will probably not be able to guess your way through every it can do. Good sounds and lots of features. Wish it weighed a little more, sometimes feels like the weight of a guitar cable could pull it off the table or counter. In response to Vet and StratMastah555, it does record the rhythm track. It is on page 50 and 51 of the owners manual for when you Bounce your tracks. You can also create just a rhythm track if you wanted to by creating a new song, choosing the rhythm arrangement you want to use and recording a blank track on track 1. Bounce the empty track with the rhythm track and then export to the format you want to use.

 
5.0

sexy little machine

By skillsler

from Medford

Comments about Boss Micro BR 4-Track Recorder:

this is a sexy little machine, lots of guitar effects that are editable good amp models, even has a voice effect processor. Can fit into your pocket when your done. I was disapointed in the fact that it has no distortion fx and it didn't come with a usb cable or drivers for it, I don't know where I'm going to get those. The other thing about it is that it has all these patterns for reggae hip hop and pop which doesn't make sense this is not the type of machine a hip hop or reggae artist would use and it's an inconvenient waste to the rock musician. Otherwise I would have given it a 5 all around.

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