Boss BR-800

8-track Digital Recorder/Audio Interface with 4-track Simultaneous Recording, 8-track Playback, Built-in Drum Machine, Effects, and 1GB SD Card
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A Full-functioning Digital Studio — to Go!

BOSS knows a thing or two about portable recording. After all, their BR series has been a staple in home studios ever since home studios went digital. So it stands to reason that the BOSS BR-800 is loaded with pretty much everything that has made the BR series the go-to digital recorder for affordable portable recording. Leading the charge is 4-track simultaneous recording (8-track simultaneous playback plus stereo rhythm track playback). Add to that a passel of guitar, bass, and vocal effects culled from BOSS's flagship processors (another area in which BOSS is a widely respected leader). And you can go anywhere with the BR-800, as you can power it on six AA batteries.

A built-in mic lets you easily throw down song ideas. Plus, the built-in rhythm machine lets you take your ideas from sketches to fully formed tunes, all within the BR-800. But the fun doesn't stop there! Plug the BR-800 into virtually any USB-equipped computer, and the BR-800 instantly becomes a USB audio interface. The BR series recorders have always been regarded as big bang-for-the-buck units, and the BR-800 continues that tradition — and throws in some very cool extras too!

BOSS BR-800 8-track Digital Recorder Features at a Glance:

  • 4-track simultaneous recording

  • 8-track simultaneous playback plus dedicated stereo rhythm track playback
  • EZ Recording interactively guides you through the recording process
  • Guitar, bass, and vocal effects derived from BOSS's flagship processors
  • Song Sketch recording for quick stereo capture in WAV format
  • Built-in advanced drum machine with editor software
  • Functions as a USB audio interface and a DAW control surface
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphone for instant recording
  • Sleek new interface based on touch sensors
  • 1GB SD included (supports up to 32GB SDHC card)
  • Runs on 6 AA batteries, USB bus power, or AC adapter (included)
The hits just keep coming from BOSS's BR series, with the BR-800!

Additional Media

BOSS BR-800 Owners Manual
Digital Workstation Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Simultaneous Rec Tracks 4
Simultaneous Play Tracks 8
Sample Rate 44.1kHz
Bit Rate 24-bit
Effects Yes
Compression Track Compression, Multiband Mastering Compression
Phantom Power Yes (1 channel)
Number of Mic Preamps 4
Audio Interface Yes
Computer Connectivity USB
Built-in Mics 2
Analog Inputs 5 x 1/4", 4 x XLR, 1 x 1/8", 1 x 1/4" (Footswitch)
Analog Outputs 1 x stereo RCA, 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
USB 1 x Type B
Storage SD (up to 32GB)
Faders 8
Fader Throw Compact (short-throw)
Power DC 9V Adapter, 2 x AA Batteries, USB Bus
Height 2.31"
Depth 7.25"
Width 11.44"
Weight 2 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number BR-800

Customer Reviews

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Boss BR-800

If you are on a budget the Boss Br-800 is a solid choice! One of the things to know is when you first get the BR-800 be sure to pull the SD card out to set the touch sensitive pads. You have to go thru & touch each sensor except for enter & exit. I find that between 4 & 5 is a good setting. Overall VERY pleased with the sound quality and effects!
Music background: 35 year hobbyist

Firmware Upgrade 1.10 Fixes

I wish that I could edit my previous review. There has been at least one reviewer that downgraded the BR-800 because you couldn't edit the tracks as we could on the Micro BR and the BR-80... Well Boss/Roland listened and fixed track editing in their firmware upgrade 1.10... Also, in the same upgrade they made it possible to save your edited effects... Just wanted to set the record straight on those two issues..... For my two cents this is a great little recorder, but my preferance is for hardware recorders... I use the Sonar package that comes bundled with it for creating drum loops and some editing of tracks... I agree with the one post that wished you could download directly to mp3, but the file transfer program is pretty easy to use and there are plenty of free conversion software packages out there...I didn't buy this recorder for recording a band so the fact that you can only record four tracks at one time doesn't bother me at all. The most that I record is one track at a time sometimes two, most often only one.... If I need more than 6 tracks I can bounce down, and the times I have had to do that is never... Like I said this is great quality little recorder, that does everthing that I need...
Music background: Musican, Guitarist, Bassist and Vocalist

Patrick Steele is Wrong

Patrick Steele wrote in his review that you cannot bounce tracks down on the BR-800, this is not true. If "MASTERING" is selected then you can bounce any open tracks down to a selected "Virtual Track." You have total control over the tracks you bounce down and where they are bounced to.
Music background: Musician, Guitarist, Bassist, Vocalist....

High Tech made simple

This is a unit that can be up and running right out of the box. I have no experience with recording and wasn't sure if I would be able to put together my creations, but this little unit just blew me away. There is a demonstration on You tube on how simple it is to use but that only scratches the surface on the many features it has. High tech recording has never been made any easier. This unit comes with a built in effects box along with a drum machine that produces a professional recoding that is just as good as a studio. If your in the market for a recorder at an affordable price, you just found it!!
Music background: Hobbyist

The more I use it, the more impressed I am!

I'm willing to bet there was a corporate meeting at Roland to decide where to apply their best and brightest, and they decided that the best market decision would be to upgrade the BR-600 to the BR-800. The quality of recordings that this little machine produces is phenomenal, due largely I believe to the integration of very advanced (and quiet) hardware that has evolved over a long time. If you look at, say, the BR-1600 (at 3 times the cost), you will immediately become aware of the significant advancements of this product. Maybe they'll give the BR-1600 the "star treatment" as well in the future, and if so, it should be a doozy! But I don't think that's going to happen, because of one thing - the DAW. They can still afford to optimize a product like the BR-800 because it is a niche market due to its portability, etc.Personally, I prefer the hardware solution, and I have used a couple of DAWs with far less success in the final product than I have produced directly on the BR-800. Because of the built-in signal processing, the BR-800 produces an incredibly CLEAN sound, which takes a great deal of effort to duplicate in the DAW. The menu/function set of the BR-800 is very intuitive and straightforward and its functionality (make sure you download V1.10 of the operating system) is adequate, although it does leave a few things to be desired. First, you've only got 6 faders, and sometimes you really feel like you've only got 6 tracks. 5/6 and 7/8 are stereo pairs. You've got 64 virtual tracks (good), but you can only use one virtual track per "actual" track (not so good). Also you cannot bounce/mix multiple tracks down to a single track (not good). Additionally you're limited on how you can move and copy tracks based on pairs, etc. HOWEVER, once you buy into their scheme, it starts to make a lot of sense and you can work around it rather easily. I use spare virtual tracks as convenient backups for other tracks I'm experimenting with.There are PC/MAC support products that come with the BR-800. The WAV converter is great - move audio files back and forth to PC - and the Drum Editor is good too. It comes bundled with Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 LE, and all I can say about that is GOOD LUCK!Another shortcoming is only 1 phantom power port. Still, I would say that it is one of the best purchases I have ever made. I had it Fed-Exed in for the "Y" job and was producing usable audio within a couple of hours. I have looked at the specs of the Zoom products, and I believe that they would not be able to give me the flexibility and concrete results that the Boss does.
Music background: Ex-professional musician - now just for fun.
See also: Multitrack Recorders, Boss, Boss Digital Multitrack Recorders