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Small enough to fit in your pocket, the BOSS MICRO BR BR-80 is the ultimate new portable recording and jam-along tool for guitarists and other musicians. It's equipped with three modes to create, reco... Click To Read More About This Product


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Small enough to fit in your pocket, the BOSS MICRO BR BR-80 is the ultimate new portable recording and jam-along tool for guitarists and other musicians. It's equipped with three modes to create, record, and perform your music: an eight-track MTR (Multi-Track Recorder) mode; an eBand mode for onstage backing tracks and phrase training; and a Live Rec mode for instantly capturing high-quality stereo recordings. You can even combine the three modes seamlessly. Record your phrase ideas using Live Rec mode, for example, and then import the recordings into MTR mode to use as foundations for song production. Once you've added tracks, import your finished songs into eBand mode for backing-track accompaniment at the gig. The MICRO BR BR-80 is truly a must-have for all musicians.

The Complete Studio To Go
Don't be fooled by its size - this little studio is loaded. The MTR (Multi-Track Recorder) mode offers 64 V-Tracks with eight simultaneous playback tracks. In addition, a dedicated stereo rhythm track is provided, as well as an onboard library of great grooves to choose from. The intuitive user-interface continues the simple-to-use tradition of BOSS' acclaimed BR series, with a graphical design that follows the layout of a conventional recording console. With EQ, reverb, and mastering tools plus, world-class COSM amps and effects for guitar, bass, and vocals the MICRO BR BR-80 is ready to deliver complete, pro-quality recordings with ease.

Virtual Jam Band
The MICRO BR BR-80's eBand mode offers musicians a fun way to play along with their favorite songs. With the bundled eBand Song List Editor software, you can import CD, MP3, and WAV audio files from a computer via USB. The Center Cancel function can be used to minimize the volume of pre-recorded vocals and solos for play- and sing-along enjoyment. eBand mode is also an excellent partner for musical training, as it lets you record your performance adjust playback speed and/or pitch as desired.

Built-In Stereo Mic
In combination with the onboard high-grade stereo condenser microphones, the MICRO BR BR-80's Live Rec mode lets you capture pristine stereo recordings instantly. Record vocals, guitar parts, and song ideas the moment inspiration strikes. Your recorded audio files can be easily imported into the MICRO BR BR-80's MTR mode to use as a basis for multi-track song production.

High-Quality Multi FX
The MICRO BR BR-80 is packed with professional multi-effects powered by a newly developed custom DSP chip. Over 40 types of COSM amp models give you instant access to a wide range of powerful guitar and bass sounds. The preset patches allow first-timers and pros alike to enjoy high-quality sounds immediately, while power users can tweak parameters in micro detail for the ultimate tonal control. The dedicated vocal effects, comparable with BOSS's popular VE-20, include doubling, harmony effects, pitch correction, and more.

PC Companion
The ultra-flexible MICRO BR BR-80 can be used as a stand-alone digital recorder or as audio interface for a USB-equipped computer. Cakewalk's SONAR X1 LE DAW software (for Windows) is bundled with the MICRO BR BR-80, giving users a full-fledged PC-based music production environment with latency-free recording and a powerful range of COSM amps and effects. Furthermore, the bundled Wave Converter software lets you easily exchange data between the MICRO BR BR-80 and SONAR X1 LE or any other DAW.

  • Three modes: MTR (multi-track recorder), eBand, and Live Rec
  • Records directly to SD/SDHC memory card (up to 32 GB)
  • High-quality stereo condenser microphone built in for instant audio capture
  • 64 V-Tracks and eight simultaneous playback tracks
  • eBand function for phrase training and play-along tracks
  • Huge library of built-in backing and rhythm patterns
  • World-class COSM amps and effects onboard
  • Use as a USB audio interface with built-in effects
  • Tracks
    MTR Mode

    Tracks: 8
    Simultaneously recording track: 2
    V-Track: 64 (8 V-Tracks per each Track)
    eBand Mode
    Tracks: 2 (stereo)
    Simultaneously recording track: 2 (stereo)
    LIVE REC Mode
    Tracks: 2 (stereo)
    Simultaneously recording track: 2
    *Either the playback or the recording
    Recording Media
    SDHC Memory Card (4 GB to 32 GB)
    SD Memory Card (1 GB to 2 GB)
    Data Type
    MTR Mode
    Linear (Bit Depth: 16 bits)
    eBand Mode
    eBand Songs (Recording/Playback)
    WAV (Bit Depth: 16 bits, Playback only)
    MP3 (Bit Rates: 64 kbps to 320 kbps, Playback only)
    LIVE REC Mode
    WAV (Bit Depth: 16 bits, Recording/Playback)
    MP3 (Bit Rates: 64 kbps to 320 kbps, Recording/Playback)
    AD Conversion
    24 bits
    DA Conversion
    24 bits
    Sample Rate
    44.1 kHz
    Recording Time (conversion in one track)
    MTR Mode
    3 hours (1 GB), 100 hours (32 GB)
    eBand Mode
    eBand Song: 4 hours (1 GB), 130 hours (32 GB)
    WAV 16-bit, stereo: 1.5 hours (1 GB), 50 hours (32 GB)
    MP3 128 kbps, stereo: 16 hours(1 GB), 550 hours (32 GB)
    LIVE REC Mode
    WAV 16-bit, stereo: 1.5 hours (1 GB), 50 hours (32 GB)
    MP3 128 kbps, stereo: 16 hours (1 GB), 550 hours (32 GB)
    * The above-listed recording times are approximate. Times may be slightly shorter depending on the number of songs that were created.
    * The above number of the MTR mode 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.
    Nominal Input Level
    LINE IN jack:-10 dBu
    Input Impedance
    GUITAR/MIC IN jack: 1M ohm (GUITAR/MIC SW = GUITAR), 6k ohms (GUITAR/MIC SW = MIC)
    LINE IN jack: 10k ohms
    Nominal Output Level
    PHONES/LINE OUT jack: -14 dBu
    Output Impedance
    PHONES/LINE OUT jack: 22 ohms
    Graphic LCD 128 x 64 dots (with backlit)
    USB Functions
    24-bit/44.1 kHz USB-AUDIO (Hi-Speed USB)
    USB Mass Storage Class (Hi-Speed USB)
    BUS Power operation
    GUITAR/MIC IN jack (1/4" phone type)
    LINE IN jack (Stereo miniature phone type)
    PHONES/LINE OUT jack (Stereo miniature phone type)
    USB connector (mini-B type)
    DC IN jack
    Power Supply
    DC 9V: AC Adaptor (sold separately)
    Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 2
    Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 2
    USB Bus Power
    Expected battery life: Approximately 6 hours (Alkaline dry cell batteries/with continuous playback of 8 tracks, power save function)
    * May vary according to usage conditions, batteries used, and type of SD card used.
    Current Draw
    130 mA (DC IN)
    SD Memory Card, SONAR X1 LE DVD-ROM, USB Cable (mini-B type), Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 2, Owner's Manual
    Options (sold separately)
    AC Adaptor (PSA series), Silicone Rubber Case and Carrying Pouch: BA-BR80S
    Size and Weight

    138 mm
    5-7/16 inches
    86 mm
    3-7/16 inches
    22 mm
    0-7/8 inches
    140 g0 lbs. 5 oz.
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Botched "upgrade" that drops key features

By Michael Katz

from Berkeley, CA

Comments about Boss Micro BR BR-80 Digital Recorder:

Botched "upgrade" of original Micro BR removes 2 useful features: (1) You can no longer set auto punch-in/punch-out points on the fly, by tapping the A/B button. Instead, you must navigate menus, then key in specific time points or measure numbers -- insane. (2) No more onboard track export or mixdown to MP3. You can only mix down to .WAV -- also crazy. Many people will find the original Micro BR (which is now discounted) more usable. It's a good multi-track recorder, and an outstanding practice tool for guitar (etc.) Also consider the Zoom H4n: Similar onboard amp models and guitar/bass effects, but with higher sampling rates, better specs across the board, better onboard mics, and XLR inputs. This BR-80 adds several new features/models that the original Micro BR lacked, but they don't offset the removed features. Odd anachronisms and limitations remain: No 96 kHz/24-bit recording or modeling. Only two delay models, each limited to 1 sec. New auto-tune and auto harmonizer can't be chained to amp models or guitar effects. What's new? You get 8-track mixing and 64 tracks per project, instead of 4 and 32. Stereo onboard mics, instead of mono mic. Support for SD cards up to 32 GB, instead of 1 GB. Limiter and 4-band EQ are now chainable to the guitar amp/FX bank. Several new amp models for guitar and bass -- but they aren't that well-differentiated, and their 44.1 kHz sampling leaves them sounding a generation behind Zoom's 96 kHz models. Several new FX models: distortion boxes, Uni-Vibe phaser, rotary speaker, octaver, guitar-to-bass (fun), and "acoustic simulator" (poorly rendered). MP3 playback no longer locks out reverb bank. Meh.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)



By William

from Mars Colony 3

Comments about Boss Micro BR BR-80 Digital Recorder:

The first thing I tried to do with this unit was to record myself while playing along with the pre-recorded music that comes with it, which sounded great. First problem: the pre-recorded tunes have no beginning or end, so you can't create a complete song. Next problem: when I tried to move the recording to my computer I couldn't; the recorder kept saying that the song was "protected." No problem I thought, I'll just move a few songs from my computer to the BR-80 and play along with them. This ended up requiring a couple of days of uploading software, updating the firmware on the BR-80 (it came with version 1.2 and the Boss website is already up to 1.6), etc.. Once I was good to go I tried to move the songs; a few hours later I had managed to move 2 out of 10 songs, and have no idea why some moved and some didn't. Moving songs from the BR-80 to the computer? Kinda sorta worked. Very, very confusing interface. Then I tried to use the unit for what it's mainly designed for, recording a song idea in "live record" mode and then moving the recording to "Multi Track Recording" mode so I could add more tracks to it. Despite a couple of hours of effort I never succeeded in moving the Live Recording track to MTR. Then I tried just recording in the MTR mode to begin with. It works, but I could never get any of the effects to kick in, including reverb. And it kept playing an annoying rhythm track in the background. I was able to switch the rhythm track off, but doing so seems to switch off all the effects (if they were ever on in the first place?). As near as I can figure the Live Record mode requires that you use the built-in microphones (which sound great by the way) and doesn't allow you to add in any effects. Probably the best way to record with this thing is to just switch off all the effects and use it to mike an amp that has whatever effects you normally use. My plan now is to use the BR-80 and it's built-in mikes in Live Record mode to record song ideas and then try to move that recording to Garage Band on my computer and add on tracks that way, assuming that I can figure out how to reliably move songs from the BR-80 to my computer. I'm going to guess that this thing might work better with a PC; I don't think the interface was designed with Apple in mind. By the way I was using the BR-80 to record harmonica, using both the built-in mikes and a Shure 545 external mike.

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the Jumbo Shrimp of Audio Recording

By sixstrings no waiting

from atlanta,GA

About Me Experienced


  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • fast to record with
  • great effects
  • Low Distortion
  • Powerful
  • Versatile


  • has a learning curve - takes time 2 learn

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • songwriting

Comments about Boss Micro BR BR-80 Digital Recorder:

Very versatile unit. I use it frequently to record a backing track and then play over it by plugging it into a Microcube Amp. Very small, fits in guitar case or pocket. Sound quality is very good, and its a great way to practice with headphones if you don't want to disturb others. Guitar FX are only available in MTS mode, not live record mode. If space is at a premium this device is the best at what it does. If you have more room the Zoom R8 is easier to use because it has physical knobs and less menus to get things done. I use both and sometimes together.

The Boss BR-80 has a metal case which is nice, and the condensor mics sound good. Its easy to use once you understand how it works. Youtube videos are helpful, the book is also good for reference. I used mine for about a year, every day, and I mostly used the live recording mode, but finally got around to learning the MTS mode (multitrack system) and that is quite fun as well. Love the COSM effects.

Battery life is kinda short, 2 or 3 hours, if you leave the LCD on for long periods, but it only takes 2 AA batteries so, it easy to carry spares. I usually use it with a power supply .
For me, I wouldn't own it as my only recorder, as it is too difficult to mix down tracks and there is no way to do insert effects, external compression etc. - but its is great for songwriting, and practicing. You can copy your work off the sd card or plug the entire device into a computer and copy it off that way.
Its best used as tracking recorder, or a practice and songwriting device, mixing and mastering is possible but limited, compared to what you can do on a computer or a full size recording desk.


New user

By Sean

from Sacramento

About Me Novice


  • Compact
  • Easy To Use


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Boss Micro BR BR-80 Digital Recorder:

    I have only had it a short time, I hope that I will get better with it as time goes on. I tried some recording of live performances. They came out kind of muddy sounding, not very clear. It was recorded from my seat in the audience so that may not be the best way to do things. The on board microphones sounded very good with my acoustic guitar at close range. Probably just need to learn how to position the unit to get the best out of it. The other thing I noticed is that there is not much difference when you change pickups or playing position, it all sounds the same. I bought it mostly as a practice tool so I like it so far, maybe I can update as I get better at using it.

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