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Fostex MR-8 mkII 8-Track Digital Recorder

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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

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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.

FEATURES

8-track recording onto CompactFlash Card (128MB card supplied ) 
High-quality sound recording and playback with uncompressed linear 16-bit/44.1kHz digital audio (normal mode)
2 track simultaneous recording and 8 track playback
LP Mode (16-bit/22.05kHz) doubles the recording time
Dial knob for menu selection
+48V Phantom Power on both mic inputs
USB Host functionality
Improved 132 x 64 dot-matrix LCD and self-illuminating keys show current status
Improved built-in digital effects including reverb and delay
Guitar amp and microphone simulations
Black top panel design
Analog guitar distortion with dedicated knob on Input A
Full-track (8-track) bouncing to a new song (track 7/8) for PC transfer and CD burning
Mastering effects for stereo bus
USB port for stereo WAV file transfer to and from PC
AC and Battery (6 x AA alkaline cells) operation (Approx. 4 hours maximum
operation time with batteries)
Built-in microphone
Two headphone outs
Free WAV Manager software available for multiple mono files transfer to and from PC
SPECIFICATIONS
Recording/Reproduction 
Recording Medium: CompactFlash
Recording Time: Approx. 6 minutes (8-track on 256MB CF) Normal Mode
Recording Format: FAT16
Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz (Normal Mode), 22.05kHz (LP Mode)
Quantization: 16-bit linear (non-compression)
A/D Converter: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
D/A Converter: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
No. of Recording Track: 8 tracks maximum
No. of Simultaneous Rec.: 2 tracks
Recording/Reproduction Frequency: 20Hz-20kHz (Normal Mode)
Dynamic Range: 87dB or more (typical) (Normal Mode)
T.H.D.: 0.05% or less (typical) (Normal Mode)

I/O
Analog In (INPUT A/B)
Connector: XLR-3-31 type (Pin2:hot) and 1/4" TRS phone
Input Level: -48dBV (MIC) - +4dBV (LINE)
Input Impedance: 1.5k ohm or more, 400kOhm or more (GUITAR on INPUT A)
Phantom Power: P48V (on/off selectable)
Stereo Out (L, R)
Connector: 1/4" stereo phone
Output Level: -10dBV (unbalance)
Load Impedance: 10kOhm or more
Headphones (PHONE 1, 2)
Connector: 2 x 1/4" stereo phone
Max. Output: 30mW or more (@32 ohm)
Load Impedance: 16Ohm or more

MIDI Out
Connector: DIN 5 pin
Format: MIDI Standard

Foot Switch
Connector: 1/4" phone
Level: TTL level

USB 2.0 HI-SPEED
Connector: B Type
USB 1.1 (Host Function)
Connector: A Type

General
Dimensions: 11-1/4"W x 2-1/2"H x 8-3/5"D
Weight: 4lb.
Power Requirement: DC12V, 400mA
Pro Coverage
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor on all products.


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by PowerReviews
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

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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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I've used better

Well I got this recorder about 8 months ago and it has its ups and downs. Some days it works fine to do recordings on and the sound is some what amazing, but after...Read complete review

Well I got this recorder about 8 months ago and it has its ups and downs. Some days it works fine to do recordings on and the sound is some what amazing, but after a few recordings it says that the card is full and its a 8gb card with two songs on it that are like 2 minute long guitar duets. For me i have seen and used better, but hopefully if you get one, it'll be more bang for your buck than it has been for me.

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(26 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great by itself or with Garageband

By Songwriter99

from Fresno, CA

I use mine mostly to record tracks, then I bring them into garage band and edit them there. It's a very nice system and the MR8 is easy to use. Buy a 1 gig card to have some room to work with and it's great.

(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Perfect for simple recording needs

By don't_go_on_me

from Minnesota

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.

(21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top of the line Multitracker

By DanTheMan

from Los Angeles, CA

I have owned this MR8-MK2 for about 7 months now,and its really a fine peice of equipment.You can really get studio sound quality out of this little guy. Its very user friendly after scimming through the manual a bit. The 8 tracks lets you add on lots of instruments.This has pannig, effects editing, punching in and out , deleting tracks , editing tracks, and it even has a built in distortion effect. I definitely dont regret buying this MR8 and I definitely recommend it to everybody who wants good quality and good sounding recorder.

(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy recording for the techno challenged

By Daversatek

from Baraboo,WI

This machine is an EXCELLENT entry-level unit. It is not complicated to use in the least, all pertinent controls are on top, the display is easy to read and navigation is very simple. Don't let the manual scare you, once you spend a little time with it, you'll see how easy it really is to use this and get your ideas recorded. The ability to connect direct to a PC makes it a snap to transfer, edit and burn your music to a CD. If you have ever thought you would like to record to a multitrack device, but felt they were just too complicated...think again!

(20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Its worth the price

By Anonymas

from Undisclosed

I am a hip hop artist/producer and i was just looking for something to record and edit. And i have to say this thing blew me away. The quality is good and the usb connection makes it easy to tranfer to a computer for editing. I would recommend this thing to anyone that wants record right away.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome

By TAG

from Royse City Texas

I am new to owning a recorder but have friends that do it all the time. This was a great price to get me started and once I studied the manual it became very user friendly. I'm really loving this toy (I call everything from guitar center a new toy) and it's helping me understand a lot about recording, etc.. I recommend it for anyone wanting to be up and running fast. Yes you'll need a bigger flash card eventually.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rockin little thing

By a guy

from Gainesville, VA

Cannot be beaten for anywhere near the price. My band just finished recording our demo with it and with some good mics and mixers it will sound like a pro recording. Very easy to edit using a computer because of the CF card. Effects are not that great but thats why there is something called an effects processer. A very cool thing is that you can bounce tracks. So when you record on the first 4 tracks you can bounce all 4 to 1 track. Then do it again. This make it able to record more than 8 tracks. Buy it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Recorder

By Tokyo KiDD

from Gardner KS

At first i was having hard time recording on computer, so i decided to pick this up, it took me a good couple recordings to get the sounds and adjusting my levels on my mix boards and other sound effects, this equipment can make your songs sounds just like you in a real studio, it took me good month to figure my settings, after that its a piece of cake, i would recommend this if u on a tight budget, you just gotta make sound great, my friends love the way how it records, what else can i say? i love this lil machine, im thinkin up grade for a 16 tracks for my productions.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just what I needed.

By N/A

from Atlanta, GA

My needs are pretty basic when it comes to recording. I want simple controls, ease of use, quality sound, and a straight-forward instruction manual. Couple these requirements with the ability to mix and convert tracks to WAV format; and that is what you have in this unit. I've made several recording and they have all turned out above my expectations. However, I am just recording acoustic guitar and vocals. This may not be right for recording a full band, but it's perfect for me.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

I've used better

By Alaro

from Pennsylvania

Well I got this recorder about 8 months ago and it has its ups and downs. Some days it works fine to do recordings on and the sound is some what amazing, but after a few recordings it says that the card is full and its a 8gb card with two songs on it that are like 2 minute long guitar duets. For me i have seen and used better, but hopefully if you get one, it'll be more bang for your buck than it has been for me.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy!!

By Misconduct2K

from San Diego, CA

Wow - I started with a 4-track tape recorder years ago, and it's amazing how far recording technology has come since then. Digital 8-track recording with no tape noise, no signal degradation when bouncing tracks, editing, mixing, etc. All for under $300!? What a deal. Very easy machine to use. I do suggest however, that you purchase a 1GB flash card if you want to have a decent amount of recording time or quality tracks - the higher the sample rate, the more space you need. Built-in guitar effects, 2 XLR inputs, built-in mic, and runs on batteries so you can lay down tracks anywhere! I use this machine mainly as a "notepad" of sorts - if I have a riff or a melody in my head that I don't want to forget, it's so easy to just switch this machine on and record those ideas quickly - and then expand on them later as well. Great recorder for the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Simple and Useful

By kray

from NM

The best thing about this recorder is that it is simple to use. I had another recorder that I got rid of because it was so difficult. If you don't record every day it's easy to pick up the MR-8 and begin recording without a couple of hours of learning the machine all over again. I use the MR-8 to record only. I download the audio to my PC where I manipulate and mix the audio. You can't beat the specs on this and it runs on batteries so you can take it anywhere even without a mic because it has a built in mic.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

easy to use, good value

By MicroMegas

from Minneapolis, MN

I think its perfect for any beginner. Easy to use and experiment with. All the controls on the top, laid out nice. Good for recording things you dont want to forget, practices, and even demos.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A solid demo recorder

By Fuzzball

from Ida, MI

This unit is very simple to operate, you should be able to get started without reading the manual, but I always recommend reading the manual to use the item to its full potential. The major controls are all accessible without having to go through several menus. The units does a good job, but don?t expect professional results. You can transfer you work via USB which is always a nice feature to have. This is a good unit for scratch tracks and song creation. If you need something simple to collect ideas this may be what you are looking for.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Portable Digital Recording

By DSDub

from Chula Vista, CA

This unit is a great buy. It's perfect for those just getting into recording or for people looking for something portable. This unit runs on batteries or AC power and records onto flash cards. I would definitely suggest purchasing a higher capacity flash card though. I really like the fact that it has a USB port so I can transfer the files to my PC for burning onto CD (or importing into my editing software). The built-in effects are OK, but I wouldn't rely on them for capturing the perfect tone you're looking for. There's a built-in mic which can come in handy as well. The sound quality is pretty good with fairly low noise and decent headroom. For the price, this unit is tough to beat.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Deal

By Edgar Lewis Poe

from WA

I was slightly skeptical about this unit at first, but after using it for a month I'm glad I spent the cash. It is super easy to use, intuitive, and it makes amazing recordings considering the investment. The mic modeling is cool, and the reverb is usable. The amp modeling is OK, but as with most modeling it is doesn't have much oomph behind it- I don't use it for recording. Bouncing tracks is cake, and you can copy tracks to other tracks to fatten things up. You will need to buy a bigger card, though, the one it comes with doesn't even have enough memory for one multi-track song + the WAV conversion for download. All-in-All this is an insane value for people getting started.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Easy To Use

By Michael Rocchetti

from Stafford Springs CT

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.

 
5.0

Good value

By g. charles

from bristol, CT

A great tool to hammer out my ideas. very easy to use. I am able to make a decent demo with it.

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