The Fostex MR-8 mkII Digital Multitrack Recorder makes capturing your music a snap thanks to its intuitive design and wealth of controls. All of the unit's major controls are placed on the top panel f... Click To Read More About This Product
The Fostex MR-8 mkII Digital Multitrack Recorder makes capturing your music a snap thanks to its intuitive design and wealth of controls. All of the unit's major controls are placed on the top panel for easy access and a smooth workflow. Killer digital effects are built right in, as well as guitar amp and microphone simulators and handy mix-down effects. USB connectivity makes it simple to transfer your data for computer editing or CD burning with an external burner.
The MR-8 mkII records in 16-bit/44.1kHz Normal Mode or 16-bit/22.05kHz LP Mode for double the recording time. Records to CompactFlash (128MB card supplied). Self-illuminating keys and a 132x64 dot-matrix keep your status up-to-date at all times. Analog guitar distortion on Input A and DSP effects including reverb and delay give you no-fuss enhancement to your recordings.
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Most Liked Positive Review
Perfect for simple recording needs
I use my Fostex MR-8 for simple home recordings. Whether it's just laying down random riffs or ideas or laying down an entire demo with guitars, bass and vocals this recorder is all...Read complete review
I use my Fostex MR-8 for simple home recordings. Whether it's just laying down random riffs or ideas or laying down an entire demo with guitars, bass and vocals this recorder is all I need. I haven't tried recording drums with it so I have no idea how well it would come across. The built-in effects aren't anything that I've ever used, they're pretty average. If you're going to be doing a lot of multi-track recording you'll want a larger CompactFlash card as the 128 mbs sometimes runs out before I'm finished with a song. The recorder's menus are extremely easy to navigate after thumbing through the manual for a few minutes. The built-in mic is handy for recording on the fly, although as expected sound quality becomes an issue when not using an actually line-in microphone. Great home recording at an affordable price.
Most Liked Negative Review
Missing important features
I've owned this recorder for a while, initially I had no idea how much time I could record with it, and the card it comes with (256 megs i believe) is definitely not...Read complete review
I've owned this recorder for a while, initially I had no idea how much time I could record with it, and the card it comes with (256 megs i believe) is definitely not enough. My band recorded a couple of songs and then proceeded with the preparation necessary to convert the files to a .wav format (by the way, you can't get your songs in any other format) and to our surprise the card was out of space. So in other words, it lets us record everything we want, and then it initialized the preparation process, and then it FAILS. Why can't it just not start that process at all? Pretty stupid in my opinion.On the good side, its pretty simple to use and the quality of sound is excellent for this price, i was pretty surprised. GET A 2 GIG CARD, AND YOU SHOULD BE SET! If you want to record drums and all, I would recommend more inputs (this one only allows two, also very misleading because there's an xlr input and a straight input = all together 4, when in reality you have to pick either xlr or straight line = 2 total).Hope that makes sense :D
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I have owned one of these recorders for many years and still use it regularly for putting down song ideas. It has a decent mic pre and guitar distortion and its easy to use. I record guitar on channel 1 and vocals on channel 2 at the same time. Then I come back and put lead guitar on channel 3. The compact flash card is too small, but you can replace it with a larger one.
If you have music composistion software,create drum,bass,guitar or other instruments and put it on track 1 then add your instrument,a great way to practice and for beginner learn to play along with others.I play Guitar so i usually create a Drum and Bass Track then add guitars vocals or whatever i want.
To use this as a 16 track recorder you must have really good software and Hardware,or a really great stand alone recorder.First record tracks 1-4,then record/bounce them to tracks 5/6,now you reuse 1-4 for the full 8 tracks.You then record/bounce 1-4 and 5/6 to 7/8.At this point you have your full 8 tracks on 7/8 if you do not need more then this is where you convert 7/8 to a downloadable stereo WAV. file.If you need more than 8 tracks here is what i do,,7/8 already has my 8 tracks of recordings so i erase 1-4 and 5/6,now i have 8 more tracks to work with.The hard part,,,,When you have your recording the way you need it/want it,be it 10 trks or 16 trks,this is where it is important to have really good software/hardware or a great standalone recorder.Just play all the tracks together and record them as it plays.A mixer is great here also,i have found that you lose some audio quality when you play it on the Fostex and record it if you do not have excellent recording resources..I have used the recorder this way and it does work flawlessly. ):)
As you can tell ,I love this little thing, its great for bands in practice sessions and creating that moment in time where something really comes together. and also its so portable. buy it you will also Love it.
Someone needs to update this recorder to accept larger memory cards. I had to save data to my computer, then work with partial data to complete the stereo wav process.
I purchased this to record some music for my sister's wedding, since I could not be there. I was able to come up with an hour of music, covert to WAV format and send it to them in time for the wedding. I tend to be a bit of a techni-phobe when it comes to recording (I already own another recorder that's a lot more complicated), but this was soooo easy. Next I want to record my own backing tracks.
I have owned one of these for over four years and really love it. I gave it a 4.5 on features because of the CompactFlash--I would prefer a more modern Flash. Also, access to the CF is a little tight. This is just a nit though and would buy another one today if this one got smashed.
The Fostex MR-8 MkII is a great little unit for beginners. It's extremely easy to use, and contains an easy-to-follow manual to help you should you get lost. The MR-8 MkII is great for recording tracks and then migrating them to external mixing softwares or units. It features a programmable metronome with adjustable time signatures and tempos, allowing one to record more complex pieces with polyrythms. The built in effects and modeling sound pretty good, as well. I find it to be a pretty versatile and useful tool.
This thing is so amazing. It is simple, basic, and reliable. I have had it for over a year and have made over a hundred recordings. I find it indispensible as a practical tool for honing my playing/singing skills. Being able to listen to my practice recordings has drastically improved my basic musicianship. The controls are very intuitive, the menu structure is very well organized. I was able to make my first 4 track recording (drum machine, bass, vocals 1, and vocals 2) within about an hour - without any prior multitrack recording experience. I just can't say enough good things about this. I just wish it could record more than two tracks simultaneously.
I have the red color one. It's the MR-8 mkI. I have been using it every week since I bought it in 2005 from musiciansfriend. This has been a reliable machine--knock on wood. The best part is the fact that it is so easy to transfer WAV files to my PC. I record my raw ideas onto this Fostex, then I transfer the individual WAV files to PC. I do all my mixing on my PC. For mixdown & adding plugins, I use ACID Pro, Sound Forge, and Reaper on my PC. The Fostex has been super easy to use, as long as you keep in mind its limitations (there's never enough channels to plug into), so I have to plug all my mics into a mixer then into the Fostex.
Awesome unit,great for novice to pro.Produces quality recordings,will need a seperate mixer to record drums.East to mix,create wave file and burn a disk.The only thing I wish this unit had was a good drum machine.Plan to upgrade to the 16 HD Model.
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