User Tips for the Boss Br864

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User Tips for the Boss Br864
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The Boss BR-864 is an eight-track digital recording studio featuring a programmable Rhythm Guide, dedicated track equaliser for playback tracks, integrated microphone and a USB port for computer connectivity and simple file transfers. Follow a few simple tips to organise your audio files, apply sound and vocal effects to your recordings and master the Boss BR-864's Rhythm Guide and drum kits.

Organising Files

The Boss BR-864 has 128 MB of internal memory storage space, allowing up to 60 minutes of song recording, according to Boss. You can copy songs on the BR-864 to create duplicate files. Open the song you wish to copy and press the "Utility" button. Use the left and right arrow buttons to select "EDT" and "CPY." Press the "Enter" button to copy the file. If you want to delete a song, press the "Utility" button and select "EDT." Press "Enter", select "ERS" and press "Enter" once more. Use the "Time" dial to select the song you wish to erase and press "Enter." Select "Yes" to confirm the deletion and press "Enter." You can use the "Song Optimize" feature to erase unnecessary data from the BR-864. Press "Utility," select "EDT" and press "Enter." Select "OPT," click "Yes" and press "Enter" to optimise the BR-864 to create more free space.

Sound Effects

The Boss BR-864 specialises in sound effects, featuring multi-effect acoustic, electric and bass guitar simulators. The BR-864 also offers basic vocal effects including a noise suppressor, compressor, de-esser and several modulation effects. Open the music or vocal track you wish to add effects to and press the "Effects" button. Use the left and right arrow buttons to select the effect you wish to use, select "EDT" and press "Enter" to apply the effect. You can turn the "Time" dial to turn the effect on or off without accessing the "Effects" menu. Press the left and right arrow buttons to change the effect parameter and press "Exit" to return to the "Effects" menu at any time.

Rhythm Guide

The Boss BR-864's Rhythm Guide can be used to create patterns and arrangements. According to the Boss BR-864 owner's manual, patterns are phrases consisting of several measures of percussion performance and arrangements are sequences of patterns with a set order and tempo. You must initialise the Rhythm Guide before creating rhythm tracks. Press "Utility," select "INI" and press "Enter." Select "Yes" to confirm the initialisation of the Rhythm Guide and press "Enter." The "Arrange/Pattern/Off" button is used to switch between "Arrangement Mode" and "Pattern Mode" or to turn the Rhythm Guide off. You can use the Rhythm Guide to help you keep consistency in musical and vocal sequences and measures when recording multi-track songs.

Drum Kits

The Boss BR-864 includes nine preset drum kits and allows the creation of five custom drum kits. Custom drum kit tracks can be used to add rhythm and depth to your recordings. Press the "Rhythm Pad" button repeatedly until the BR-864's indicator light is lit, press "REC TRACK [1/5]-[4/8]" select "V-TRACK" and "TAP" to define sounds for the upper-drums. The upper-drum sounds include the kick, snare and hi-hat drums. Press the "Rhythm Pad" once more and wait until the indicator light is flashing to define the lower-drum sounds, including the cowbell, cross stick and tom sounds. If you want to delete a drum sound, press "Tone Load," select "ERS" and turn the "Time" dial to select the drum sound you want to delete. Press "Enter" to delete the drum sound.

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