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
$50 back from BOSS
Roland Financing

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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Fantastic Gear!

Sure it had been a while since my last upgrade (last system was a FOSTEX VF160) but this little box really blew me away. It's super-easy to use and has a metric ton of additional effects, amps and rhythms. Can't recommend it high enough. The only "buyer-beware" is that tracks 5/6 and 7/8 are stereo tracks so (with the rhythm track included) this is actually more like a 6-track recorder but with the 64 available virtual tracks, I've never had a problem personally with running out of tracks. Hope you have the same experience!

Boss BR-800 is just that! The Boss

For 10+ years I have struggled with an old Tascam 4 tracker. After the price of metal type 2 tape went to 20 bux a tape I was forced to go digital. I was originally going to go with a lower end tascam but that did not have a built in rythym track function. Long story short, got the Boss, sat on it for 2 weeks out of fear for figuring out the complex ( I assumed) operation and finally decided to plug it in. Within 5 min I had programmed drums, set levels and did one of my old tunes. No hiss, clean levels, 8 tracks and I was in perfect time. This unit has been the single best purchase I have made in the last decade. Shout out to Ian at sweetwater for his usual steller service. Love the Boss br800, it has made making music more fun than I thought it could be.
Music background: amateur noodler

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....
See also: Multitrack Recorders, Boss, Boss Digital Multitrack Recorders