Fostex MR-16HD 16-Track Digital Recorder  

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Ever since they pioneered the first 8-track recorder that could use 1/4" tape (without the expected crosstalk), Fostex has found new ways to give you more in less space and for less money.

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Overview

Ever since they pioneered the first 8-track recorder that could use 1/4" tape (without the expected crosstalk), Fostex has found new ways to give you more in less space and for less money.

The MR16 digital recorder gives you 4-track simultaneous recording and 16-track playback, plus the ability to bounce 16 tracks to a new song file, so you get your full 16 tracks at mixdown. A built-in 40GB hard drive gives you up to 8 hours of recording (16-track).

The Fostex MR16 also provides 4 x analog inputs (mic/line) with phantom power, one of which features built-in analog distortion, amp simulation, and mic simulation, for guitar. Input EQ for sound-shaping is also available. Input signals can be assigned to the stereo buss to output through the monitor and stereo output along with playback audio.

On the output side, the MR16 recorder offers 2 x aux output so you can use outboard signal processors, S/PDIF digital out (optical) for digital dubbing to MD/DAT recorder, and a MIDI output to send MTC or MIDI Clock to an external sequencer or recorder.

You also get built-in digital effects including reverb and delay, plus dedicated mastering effects (3 presets) on a stereo bus (good for track bouncing or stereo mixing). The Fostex MR16 also features powerful editing functions including Copy/Paste, Move, Import, Exchange, Erase, etc of selected tracks or part.

A USB 1.1 host port lets you to connect an external CD-R for creating audio CDs and a USB 2.0 port gives you high-speed transfer to a PC, plus easy file conversion of audio data on Track 15-16 to stereo WAV file. Used with the bounce function, this provides a convenient way to create audio CDs on PC, or music files for a portable player.

Features
  • Recording on built-in 40 GB HD offering 4-track simultaneous recording and 16-rack playback. Approx. 8 hours recording (16-track)
  • 4 x analog inputs (mic ” line level) offer phantom power for use of condenser microphone. 1 Input among them accepts Guitar, etc. with built-in analog distortion, amp simulation or mic simulation. Input EQ is also available for various sound designs.
  • Input signals can be assigned to stereo buss to output through Monitor and Stereo Out together with playback audio.
  • 2 x Aux Out
  • Built-in Digital Effects (3 x reverb / 1 x delay) on 1 ” 4 tracks. Dedicated Mastering Effects (3 Presets) on Stereo Buss good for track bounce or stereo mixing.
  • In addition to track bouncing inside a Song file, track bouncing / mixing of recorded 16 tracks to a new Song file.
  • Easy file conversion of audio data on Track 15-16 to stereo WAV file. Together with bounce function, convenient for creating audio CD on PC or music file for portable audio player.
  • Editing function such as Copy/Paste, Move, Import, Exchange, Erase, etc of selected tracks or part.
  • USB 2.0 port for high speed file transfer to PC.
  • USB Host port (USB1.1) to connect an external CD-R for creating audio CD.
  • S/P DIF Digital Out (optical) for digital dubbing to MD/DAT recorder
Specifications
  • Recording/reproduction
    Recording Medium: 3.5 inch, hard disk (E-IDE type)
    Recording Time: Approx. 472 minutes (16-track on 40GB)
    Recording Format: FAT32
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
    Quantization: 16-bit linear (non-compression)
    A/D Converter: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
    D/A Converter: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
    No. of Recording Track: 16 tracks maximum
    No. of Simultaneous Rec: 4 tracks
    Recording/Reproduction Frequency 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    Dynamic Range: 89dB or more (typical)
    T.H.D.: 0.06% or less (typical)

    Inputs/outputs
    Analog In (4ch)
    Connector: XLR-3-31 type (Pin2:hot) and ¸ 6mm TRS phone
    Input Level: -48dBV (MIC) - +4dBV (LINE)
    Input Impedance: 1.5k ohm or more (MIC/BAL, 400k ohm or more

    (GUITAR/UNBAL)
    Phantom Power: P48V
    Insert (Input A)
    Connector: ¸ 6mm TRS Phone
    Output Level: -10dBV
    Load Impedance: 10k ohm or more
    Input Level: -10dBV
    Input Impedance: 10k ohm or more

    AUX Out
    Connector: ¸ 6mm stereo phone
    Output Level: -10dBV
    Load Impedance: 10k ohm or more

    Stereo Out (L, R)
    Connector: ¸ 6mm stereo phone
    Output Level: -10dBV
    Load Impedance: 10k ohm or more

    Headphones
    Connector: 2 x ¸ 6mm stereo phone
    Max. Output: 50mW or more (@32 ohm)
    Load Impedance: 16 ohm or more

    MIDI Out
    Connector: DIN 5 pin
    Format: MIDI Standard

    Foot Switch
    Connector: ¸ 6mm phone
    Level: TTL level

    Digital Out
    Connector: Optical
    Format: IEC 60958 (S/P DIF) 44.1kHz

    USB (USB2.0 Hi-Speed)
    Connector: B type (data save/load controlled from PC)

    USB HOST (USB 1.1)
    Connector: A type (external CD recorder)

    General
    Dimensions: (W x D x H): 19 in x 15 x 6.3 in, (400 mm x 264 mm x 85 mm)
    Weight Approx.: 9.5 lbs, (3.2kgs)
    Power Requirement: 100V - 230V, 50/60Hz
    Power Consumption: 14W
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor on all products.


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3.8

(based on 5 reviews)

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4.0

input 1 failure

By joe fisher

from lancaster,pa

product is great except for faulty input. only had unit for less than two years and input #1 is useless.

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4.0

Works very well with our band.

By Christopher

from Salt Lake City Ut

We got ours 4 weeks ago, and I love this thing. Recorded sound quality is supurb. The transfer to PC through USB is quick for editing. For the price, this is a good deal. Being able to record all members of our band simeultaneously on independant channels was our next step from being a jam band to a band with album burning potential. If you decide to get serious with your band, you need a multitracker, and the MR-16 is a great choice as long as you only have 4 members. The only reason I scored this 4 instead of 5 is for lack of independant channel outputs. Because of this, we have to split each input before the recorder to the amplifiers, or take noisy amplifier outputs and run them to the recorder.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By JDOG

from Los Alamitos, California

Wow. All I have to say is that this was awesome and just what my band needed! Thanks Fostex!

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(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome sound quality - 100% true

By Jimmy Mac

from Las Vegas, NV

The learning curve continues - only because there are so many features on this baby! The on-board effects are sufficient although I pre-engage most all mine prior to recording. There is a aux that allows you to put your limiter/compressor in line that is very unique. (I read another review that stated he had to put his 1/4" cable in part of the way. This is the jack for the limiter which is a stereo "in." It also receives back through this same plug - easy mistake to make unless you read the manual.) All the slides are positioned with the perfect spacing for ease of mastering. The trims are sensitive and there is plenty of power to deliver the signal from the weakest source. The built in Mic and amp simulation are something else. The guitar distortion is amazing. The only thing I wish it had was the ability to add some "EQ" prior to mastering. You can add effect through the 4 built in effects, but then again - I'm still learning all of its capabilities so I think I'll hold back the judgement on this one. The last great thing about this is how you can load your songs out to a CD-R or computer. My CD-R unit was backordered so I had to send the songs to my PC. Mastering is so simple! Creating the song to a .wav file was incredibly easy. Sending it to my computer via USB cable took all of 8 seconds and it opened its own window on my PC. This is the bomb! I've been recording for over 25 years . . . I'll soon be 60 years old. This dog can hunt!

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1.0

Not what i hoped

By Circle of the Fallen

from Phoenix, Arizona

when i got it i expected it to work but the 1/4" plug in wouldn't work unless i had the 1/4" plug pulled out slightly i sent it back and am waiting for guitar centers to resend me my item it may be a defect by that one item but i am still unhappy with the play back sound i may send it a back and invest in a computer program like pro tools but i don't like midi interface so i will have to find something to my liking FALL

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