I currently use a Boss BR1200 and have been very happy with it. However, I now want the ability to mic each of my drums+over heads, and the 2 XLR inputs on my current machine won't allow me to do that. That being said, I am at a split decision between the two units previously stated. The advantage of the boss is that I will probably be able to find my way around it better than the roland at first. I mainly use the recorder as an interface, exporting my tracks to Cubase or nuendo for mixing and mastering.
The goal is to do my band's EP myself. I did all of our pre-production demos on the br1200 and they turned out great for what they are. I talked to the rest of the guys in the band and the general consensus was that if we can get a little better quality out of one of these more advanced machines, then that would be good enough for a DIY EP. So can anyone give me some insight of which machine to get? Or even some other options would great. THanks.
(one last question) Isn't boss and roland basically the same company?
Well I think the boss is a better unit. But I had the same problum when I had a 4 track recorder. You dont need to get another recorder. Just get a mixer board and mic all your drums into the mixer board and from the mixer go into your boss.
And yes Roland and Boss are pretty much the same thing.
The problem with using a mixing board into the boss I already own is that I want to be able to export each individual drum into cubase or nuendo. This will allow my to gate each drum and elimate leakage. I also have some high quality plugins in nuendo that would do wonders for my drum sounds.
i like my yamaha standalone but if you're going to mix in the computer anyway, just get a firepod or two (or equivalent).
about the firepod: are there latency issues with it? A friend of mine used to have protools, and I found that half the time he would get errors because of the latency cache or something of that nature. I do have a powerful PC so this may not be an issue. Also, is the sound quality on the firepods equal to that of the boss recorders. I would also like some sort of portability with the unit as well.
i don't use them but i would guess the pre-amps are better in the firepod.
i'd have to guess that any latency issues could be fixed with a little know how. i only suggest them because they seem like the cheapest way of getting set up to record 8 or 16 tracks, with quality, into a computer.
look into the mackie onyx level of things too. or a separate board and interface. buddy of mine got a used mackie vlz and a 12 channel echo interface for his firewire pc - flexible - sounds great. i use an older mackie board into a yamaha 16 track standalone. its just that for the price of the boss (let alone the roland) you could get much better sound since you're working in the box anyway.
if you need portability and don't have a laptop, a 16 or 24 track standalone should be fine
This is kind of funny, but from the replies so far, I am seriously considering a compuer based setup. As you can tell, I am really on the fence when it comes to spending a large sum of money on my next recording system. The firepod and other products from presonus are starting to look more and more appealing. Sound quality is the number one priority for me right now, which is making me lean towards the firepod. Like I stated before, I have a pretty good PC (athlon 64 4000+, 1.5gb ram, 200GB harddrive), I also have both cubase and nuendo. I think I need to do alot more research before I make any big decisions, the first one being whether to stick with a studio in a box, or a more computer based set up.
I have the boss br1600 and its pretty sweet and all. but you cant really set the recording quality how you like it. if you get a new sound card / interfase you will be able to set it up to 96k or higher sample rate so that your recording quality is better. the BR1600 export files that have a 44.100 sample rate and on 16bits. in a computer set up you can work with really high quality audio files. like 96k 32bits float. do all the work then export into 44k/16.
The really cool thing about the boss is that its very portable. so i mainly use it for short movies sound. or a non profetional drum or choir recording. but dont get me wrong its recording quality is really good but not as good as you can get in a pc/mac.