Not microphone friendly
I had an old Boss direct to disc recorder way back (when 2 Gigs was a huge hard drive). I wanted to get back into recording and I thought that the BR-800 would be similar to my old machine. I especially wanted the v-tracks. Sweetwater was out of stock, so I bought it somewhere else, but it's the same machine. However, I just sent mine back.
If you are planning on using mics with this, there are a few things to be aware of. Yes, you can record four mics at once, however, only one of them (input 4) can have phantom power. Also, no input effects are available when recording four. You cannot record 3 at once except through the rather cheesy trick of recording four at once with one channel recording silence (hope you didnít have anything already recorded on that track). Recording 2 at once is doable, but fairly annoying. The mics have to be plugged into inputs 1 and 2, which means that neither one of them can have phantom power. And they have to go to tracks 1&2 or 3&4, or stereo to 5&6 (which share the same fader). You cannot put them to tracks 1&3 or even 2&3. Furthermore, mine only gave me 2 modes under the ďinput 1 & 2Ē option. I could record ďmonoĒ which only recorded to one track (Iím not sure if it mixed the signals or chose one, either option seemed useless so I didnít explore it) or I could record ďstereo,Ē which put each input on a track (what I wanted) BUT it also panned one track hard left and one hard right. Yes, you can go in and straighten out the pan, but itís several button pushes to get to the right screen and then several times round the jog wheel for each to set them straight. Then you decide to recut the tracks and you have to go change it back all over again. It is more than annoying to have to do this every time you record two mics.
But the deal breaker for me was the fact that when you are recording, the track faders have no effect at all on the level of the incoming mic signal in the mix going to the monitors. So if youíre wanting to record a vocal over something youíve already laid down, you are forced to wear headphones (which I canít stand). I end up with much better performances if I donít wear headphones, but listen to the mix fairly low through the monitors. On my past equipment, I have always been able to turn the volume on the monitor for the incoming track down to zero so I got no feedback through the mic. I get a little bleed of the instruments into the vocal track, but not enough to cause problems (as long as I donít try to recut the guitar track or something), and the looser feel of the vocal performance more than makes up for it.
If you can live with these things, it might work for you, but I sent mine back.