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Boss BR-532 Review

Musicians and songwriters from all over can benefit from having such a versatile recording solution at their fingertips.

The Boss BR-532 is a digital 4-track recorder designed for small-scale studio use.
Acting like a 4-track cassette recorder, it is very simple to use. It has a variety of inputs & outputs, such as 2 mic ins, 1 guitar/bass in, line in, line out, a digital out, and a MIDI out. Each of the inputs has a dedicated gain/sensitivity knobs as well. The versatility of this unit targets a wide variety of recording musicians, mainly songwriters looking for a high-quality, portable solution.

Right out of the box, the unit came with batteries included, a manual, and a getting started video. After reviewing the manual & video which were helpful, I decided to lay down a guitar/vocal track to get used to the unit. The recording process was simple enough, with faders for each channel and familiar tape transport controls. Upon the 4 track capacity, each track allows up to 8 virtual tracks useful for situations that may require multiple takes, allowing the user up to 32 total tracks for recording. The unit has numerous effects included such as reverb, chorus, compression, and many other studio-type effects, as well as guitar amp-modeling, allowing a variety of guitar amp sounds at anytime, anywhere. Also included is a wide variety of drum patterns perfect for keeping a project in time and also aids a solo player in putting simple demos together quickly. The unit is designed to be a portable solution as well – it has a rugged design, built-in mic, and lasts 7 hours on 6 AA batteries.

The unit has a very clean sound and is easy to use. Using SmartMedia cards, recording remains in the digital domain throughout the entire recording chain allowing studio-quality results. Musicians and songwriters from all over can benefit from having such a versatile recording solution at their fingertips.

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