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
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
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor on all products.


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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.

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