#1
I'm completely new to recording anything. My price range is around 200$. I was initially intrigued by the Boss micro BR, but it sounds like I can get much better audio quality with an interface. For that I was considering the M-Audio Fast Track Pro. What are your opinions on either of these? Thanks.
#2
As long as you'll be recording at home an interface and PC is the way to go. If you'll be on the run a lot, and need something portable, then get a recorder.
#3
I like portables for recording ideas, trying out arrangements and rough demos. A Boss BR-600 or a Zoom MRS8 with flash memory cards are simply terrific for production workout.

In a music production, I'd say 90% of the work is putting things together and adjusting them, working out the drum and bass grooves, the song structure, the vocal placements, weaving multiple guitars tracks together...

All that you can work out without the sound quality of a studio DAW, it's so easy with a portable. You can do it anywhere you would pull out a guitar.

Check out these demos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkSQ5xlaPps

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUq-ln075Rg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I48IpLOtHcA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei5NsJ4daCw

As a bonus, here's a brillant track Steely Dan' "Dirty work" recorded and mixed down by my buddy Gus on a BR600. The drums are straight out of one of the BR600 kits, recorded on the BR600s keypad. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt64lS96XNg
#4
Thanks for the feedback. How do portable recorders compare to interfaces in terms of quality, is there a big gap in quality? And if I were to use a portable recorder like a Boss Micro BR, would I be able to edit the tracks after wards with a DAW?
#5
Quote by nicerdicer
Thanks for the feedback. How do portable recorders compare to interfaces in terms of quality, is there a big gap in quality?

Not when compared to cheap interfaces.

And if I were to use a portable recorder like a Boss Micro BR, would I be able to edit the tracks after wards with a DAW?

Straight from the manual ...

The MICRO BR is equipped with a USB port for connecting the MICRO BR directly to computers, allowing you to carry out the following operations.

• Transfer MP3/WAV files
MP3/WAV files created on your computer or on the MICRO BR can be transferred in either direction.

• Back up
MICRO BR song data can be saved on your computer.

• Recover
Song data saved on your computer can be sent back to the MICRO BR.
Last edited by ColdGin at Dec 8, 2009,