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Roland BR-900CDBoss BR900CD 8 Track Digital Recorder with CDR and Effects
The BR-900CD is the musician's portable dream studio. It's road-tough, fun to use, and stands out with its professional effects, realistic drum-pattern generator, vocal-correction and Mastering Tool Kit, digital output, and internal CD burner. No matter w

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Brand: BOSS
Part Numbers: BR-900CD, BR900CD, br900cd
UPC: 761294087572

 

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This review applies only to Mac OS X 10.4.11 on a G5. I have not tested using 10.5.x (Leopard) or Windows. At first glance.
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What is a CD-RW disc?

CD-RW (Compact Disc ReWritable) is a CD that can be written and erased. As a result, this type of recordable disc can be used again and again. While you can create audio CDs using CD-RW discs, it will not be possible to play these CDs on a standard CD player. (You will, however, be able to play these discs using the BR900CD's CD-R/RW drive.)

Handling CD-R/RW discs

* In addition to the following precautions, please also read the instructions provided with the CD-R/RW discs. DO NOT play a CD-R/RW disc (CD-R/RW disc on which song data has been backed up) on a conventional audio CD player. The resulting sound may be of a level that could cause permanent hearing loss. Damage to speakers or other system components may result. Upon handling the discs, please observe the following. Do not touch the recorded surface of the disc. Do not use in dusty areas. Do not leave the disc in direct sunlight or an enclosed vehicle.
Handling the CD-R/RW disc drive
When you use the CD-R/RW drive, you must use only the supplied AC adaptor. The CD-R/RW drive cannot be used while running on battery power. Install the unit on a solid, level surface in an area free from vibration. If the unit must be installed at an angle, be sure the installation does not exceed the permissible range. Avoid using the unit immediately after it has been moved to a location with a level of humidity that is greatly different than its former location. Rapid changes in the environment can cause condensation to form inside the drive, which will adversely affect the operation of the drive and/or damage CD-R/RW discs. When the unit has been moved, allow it to become accustomed to the new environment (allow a few hours) before operating it. Avoid using the CD-R/RW drive in locations with high temperatures. Failure to observe this precaution can result in the drive becoming unable to operate correctly or in write errors. In addition, this type of environment can also reduce the lifespan of the CD-R/RW drive. Remove any disc from the drive before powering up or down. To avoid the risk of malfunction and/or damage, insert only CD-R/RW discs into the disc drive. Never insert any other type of disc. Avoid getting paper clips, coins, or any other foreign objects inside the drive.
Keep the disc in the case.
Compatibility of CD-R/RW discs and drives
Ensure that the recommended type of CD-R/RW discs are always used. Failure to observe this precaution can lead to an increase in the frequency of write errors. Even when the recommended type of disc is used, there is still a possibility that write errors can occur. Please be aware that this type of problem can still result from variations in CD-R/RW drives and CD-R/RW disc manufacturing differences. The usage of discs with printable labels is not recommended, even if these discs are of the recommended type. Certain storage conditions can cause discs with printable labels to warp, and write errors can occur as a result.

Connecting your computer here allows you to exchange data between the BR-900CD and a computer.
Two-way power supply allows you to record anywhere
You can use the BR-900CD powered by batteries (six size AA dry cells) or with the AC adaptor. And, thanks to its built-in microphone, you can make recordings anywhere and anytime you desire.
Equipped with chromatic tuner (A0 to B6 sound range)
Your BR-900CD is also equipped with a chromatic tuner so that you can tune your guitar or bass while it is still connected to the BR-900CD (p. 188).
Memory Cards Supported by Your BR-900CD
The BR-900CD uses CompactFlash cards as the storage media for recording and playback. The BR-900CD uses 32 MB to 1 GB CompactFlash cards with a 3.3 V power supply. For more on supported memory cards (CompactFlash) for the BR-900CD, refer to About Memory Cards (separate sheet).
How to remove the card protector
To prevent theft of the memory card (CompactFlash), the BR900CD is shipped from the factory with a card protector.

fig.00-103

Card Protector

Card Cover

CompactFlash Type II cards are not compatible.
To remove the card protector, use the following procedure. 1. Make sure the card cover is closed, then the BR-900CD over. * When turning the unit upside-down, get a bunch of newspapers or magazines, and place them under the four corners or at both ends to prevent damage to the buttons and controls. Also, you should try to orient the unit so no buttons or controls get damaged. * When turning the unit upside-down, handle with care to avoid dropping it, or allowing it to fall or tip over. 2. Using a coin or flathead screwdriver, unscrew and remove the coin screw from the bottom panel. 3. Pull out the card cover in the direction indicated by the arrow. 4. To prevent loss of the card protector after it is removed, place it as shown in the figure. Insert the card protector in the slot as indicated by the arrow. 5. Turn the BR-900CD back over to its original position.
CompactFlash cards are available at your nearest computer or digital camera shop.
Formatting the memory card (CompactFlash)
CompactFlash cards bought at a computer shop, or ones previously used with a digital camera cannot be used as is with the BR-900CD. These CompactFlash cards must first be initialized for use with the BR-900CD. For more details regarding initializing, see p. 31, p. 196.
* CompactFlash and are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation and licensed by CompactFlash association.
* BOSS Corporation is an authorized licensee of the CompactFlash and CF logo ( ) trademarks.
Should you remove the screws, make sure to put them in a safe place out of childrens reach, so there is no chance of them being swallowed accidentally.

Turning On / Off the BR-900CD

Turning On the Power

Once the connections have been completed, turn on power to your various devices in the order specified. By turning on devices in the wrong order, you risk causing malfunction and/or damage to speakers and other devices. 1. Before you turn the power on, make sure of the following points. Are all external devices connected properly? Is the volume on the BR-900CD and all other devices completely lowered? Is the memory card inserted?

Turning Off the Power

1. Make sure that playback of the song is stopped.
Always make sure that the recorder is stopped before turning off the power to the BR-900CD. Turning off the power while recording or playback is in progress may result in the deletion of (song) data, mixer settings, and/or effect patch data. 2. Turn off the power to each device in the reverse order used for powering up. 3. Turn the BR-900CDs POWER switch off.
* The BR-900CD is shipped with a memory card already inserted in the slot. 2. Lower the MASTER fader on the BR-900CD.

fig.00-306

Play Screen
The Play screen is the most fundamental screen of the BR-900CD, and is the first screen that appears when the BR-900CD is turned on (see below).

fig.00-308d

3. Turn on the devices connected to the input jacks (i.e., GUITAR/BASS, MIC 1, MIC 2, or LINE IN). 4. Turn on the POWER switch located on the rear panel.

fig.00-307

* Always make sure to have the volume level turned down before switching on power. Even with the volume all the way down, you may still hear some sound when the power is switched on, but this is normal, and does not indicate a malfunction. * This unit is equipped with a protection circuit. A brief interval (a few seconds) after power up is required before the unit will operate normally. 5. Turn on the device connected to the output jack (i.e., LINE OUT or DIGITAL OUT).
If you are using the AC adaptor, make sure that the AC adaptor does not become unplugged during operation. If the AC adaptor becomes unplugged accidentally, the recorded data may become damaged.

Listening to a Demo Song

Selecting a song (Song Select)
Upon power-up, the song that was selected before the power was turned off is selected, and the data of that song is loaded. As soon as the data has been loaded, the Play screen appears in the display. To listen to a demo song, follow the procedure given below.

Since the input is mono, the recording is normally performed as a mono recording onto one track. Press one of TRACK [1] [6] at REC TRACK to select the one track to which to record. However, if you want to record in stereo to increase the effect of insert effects, you can simultaneously press the [1] and [2], [3] and [4] or [5] and [6], REC TRACK buttons for stereo recording onto two tracks. In addition, Tracks 7/8 are stereo tracks, so they always produce stereo recordings.
About the recording (REC) modes
Recording on the BR-900CD is separated into three main modes. Use whichever mode is suitable in the course of bringing your song to completion.

fig.00-427

INPUT 3. 8

Guitar Bass Vocal

BOUNCE 1 2

MASTERING 1 2

Mixing down to two tracks
Finishing the song with levels optimized

Keyboard

INPUT:
Only the instrument sounds or other input sources are recorded to the tracks. Sounds played back from other tracks are not recorded.

Procedure

fig.00-428a

BOUNCE:

As the sounds on different tracks are played back, they are recorded together onto another track. In Bounce mode, you can play back eight tracks simultaneously and record them all to a single, separate V-Track. When the input source is selected with INPUT SELECT, you can also include those sounds in the recording. You can further include the sounds from the Rhythm in the recording as well. You can also select the CD-R/RW drive as the recording destination (p. 59).
1. Press [REC MODE] repeatedly until INPUT is indicated for REC MODE at the left of the screen.

fig.00-428d

MASTERING:
Here, you apply the Mastering Tool Kit to the two tracks to which other tracks have been bounced to finish up with a song with levels (volume) optimized. * The Rhythm cannot be used in this mode.
What is a Mastering Tool Kit?
When creating an audio CD from your recorded songs, or recording to an MD or similar media, the overall volume needs to be restrained, so that even the loudest portions of the songs are handled appropriately on the CD or MD. However, this often results in an overall lowering of the volume, resulting in a CD or MD that lacks excitement and impact. Moreover, in the low-frequency range, to which the human ear is not very sensitive, the sound actually produced might be perceived as being somewhat low in volume, even though the meter shows that its at the maximum level. This also makes it difficult to create powerful sounds. With the Mastering Tool Kit, however, you can smooth out the differences in volume that occur over the course of a song, while also correcting the balance in the low end. We recommend mastering with the Mastering Tool Kit in the final stage of creating songs. 4. When you finish recording, press [STOP]. Mastering (p. 102) Mastering Tool Kit Patch List (p. 205) The REC TRACK button lights alternately in orange and green, indicating that track contains recorded data. * You cannot play back sounds recorded for less than one second. * During updating, Keep power on! appears in the upper line of the display, while the lower line shows what is being processed. 2. Press [REC]. [REC] flashes in red and the BR-900CD enters the recording standby state.

Manually Punching In/Out

You can use the button on the BR-900CD or a foot switch to punch in or out. When you are playing an instrument and performing the recording by yourself, it may be difficult to punch in or out using the button on the BR-900CD. If this is the case, you can use a separately sold foot-switch (BOSS FS-5U, Roland DP-2, etc.) and use your feet to punch in and out. * When using manual punch-in/out, you need to allow for an interval of at least one second between the punch-in and punch-out points.
The BR-900CD starts recording. 6. To punch out, press [REC] (or [PLAY]) again. Each time you press [REC], you punch in and punch out, so if there is another location that you want to redo, then you can punch in again at that location using the same procedure. 7. Press [STOP] to stop recording. * During updating, Keep power on! appears in the upper line of the display, while the lower line shows what is being processed. 8. Listen to the re-recorded results. Return the song to a point earlier than you re-recorded, and play it back. Adjust the volume of track 1 using the TRACK fader.
Manually punching in and out using a foot switch
In operating the foot switch during playback of a song (manual patch in and out), press the foot switch once to punch in, then press it again to punch out.

Auto Punching In and Out

Automatically punching in and out at predetermined locations (or times) in the song is referred to as auto punching in/out. When you want to punch in and out at accurate times or when you want to concentrate on playing rather than punching in and out manually, the auto punch in/out function is very useful.
In order to use a foot switch
When you are using a foot switch (BOSS FS-5U, Roland DP-2, etc.) to punch in and out, connect the foot switch to the FOOT SW jack on the BR-900CD and change the function of the FOOT SW jack by following the procedure given below. 1. Press [UTILITY]. 2. Press CURSOR [ ] [ and press [ENTER].

fig.01-303d

Specifying the area for auto punching in/out
Before you begin recording, you must register the locations at which punch-in and punch-out will occur automatically.
1. Register the location where you want to punch in. Move the location where you want to punch in and press AUTO PUNCH [IN] to register that location for automatic punch in. At this time, the AUTO PUNCH [IN] indicator lights, telling you that the punch-in position is registered.

fig.01-305

fig.01-304d
] and select Foot SW. * If the AUTO PUNCH [IN] indicator is lit, you will automatically move to the registered punch-in time when this button is pressed. 2. Register the location where you want to punch out. Move the location where you want to punch out and press AUTO PUNCH [OUT] to register that location for automatic punch out. At this time, the AUTO PUNCH [OUT] indicator lights, telling you that the punch-out position is registered.

(GUITAR) Compressor PreAmp Speaker Simulator Noise Suppressor Delay (MIC) Compressor 4Band Equalizer Noise Suppressor Delay
(GUITAR) Acoustic Guitar Simulator Compressor Noise Suppressor Delay (MIC) Compressor 4Band Equalizer Noise Suppressor Delay

16. VO+ACOUSTIC

This algorithm is for use when simultaneously recording a vocal and acoustic guitar. For the guitar, you can produce a warm sound as though a mic were being used, even when an electric-acoustic is connected by a direct line. (GUITAR)

fig.04-125

[ACP][COMP][NS]

fig.04-124

[COMP][NS]
(GUITAR) Acoustic Processor Compressor Noise Suppressor (MIC) Compressor Noise Suppressor

Parameter List

The trademarks listed in this document are trademarks of their respective owners, which are separate companies from BOSS. Those companies are not affiliated with BOSS and have not licensed or authorized BOSSs BR-900CD. Their marks are used solely to identify the equipment whose sound is simulated by BOSSs BR-900CD.
Acoustic Guitar Simulator
This simulates the sound of an acoustic guitar. It allows you to use an electric guitar to produce sounds similar to those of an acoustic guitar. If you set the pickup selector of your guitar to the front position, the desired effect will be easier to achieve.

Acoustic Processor

With this feature, you can change the sound from a pickup on an electric-acoustic guitar into a richer sound, similar to that obtained by a microphone placed near a guitar. Best results will be achieved when stereo recording.

On/Off

This parameter turns the acoustic processor effect on/off.

OFF, ON 0100

On/Off PickUp Charct
This selects one of the four types of sounds.

OFF, ON

This parameter turns the acoustic guitar simulator effect on/off.

SINGLE, HUMBUCK

Set this to the type of pickup on the connected guitar.
This adjusts the resonance of the sound caused by the body. That is, it adjusts the softness and fatness of the sound which is the typical characteristics of acoustic guitars.

Mic Dist

STD (standard):

SP Simulator Type AC ac AMG amg
On Mic Off Mic On Mic Off Mic
A setting suitable for AC A setting suitable for AC A setting suitable for AMG A setting suitable for AMG
Large sealed enclosure 15 inch (two units) Large sealed enclosure 15 inch (two units) Large sealed enclosure 10 inch (eight units) Large sealed enclosure 10 inch (eight units)
This parameter turns the voice transformer effect on/off.
OFF, ON -100 +100 -100 +0100 0100

Mic Set

CENTER, 110 cm
This simulates the microphone position. CENTER simulates the condition that the microphone is set in the middle of the speaker cone. 110 cm means that the microphone is moved away from the center of the speaker cone.

Formant1

Adjust the formant of the voice character 1.

Formant2

Adjust the formant of the voice character 2.

Mic Level

Adjusts the volume of the microphone.

FX1 Level

Adjust the volume of the voice character 1.

FX2 Level

Adjust the volume of the voice character 2.
The wah effect creates a unique tone by changing the frequency response characteristics of a filter. Touch wah creates an automatic wah by changing the filter in response to the volume of the input. Pedal wah lets you use an Expression pedal or the like to obtain real-time control of the wah effect.

When PEDAL is selected

The effect of the wah pedal can be obtained by operating the Expression pedal. For a detailed explanation, refer to When Using an Expression Pedal (p. 187).
* You can use this effect with the following algorithms when WAH is selected for the 4BAND EQ/WAH Type setting.
COSM GTR AMP COSM COMP GTR BASS MULTI COSM BASS AMP COSM COMP BSS STEREO MULTI
This adjusts the amount of wah effect applied. Lower values provide a mild wah effect, while higher values result in a sharper wah sound. With a value of 50 a standard wah sound will be produced.
Turns the touch wah/pedal wah effect on/off.
Selects either touch wah TOUCH or pedal wah PEDAL.

TOUCH:

The effect will function as a touch wah.
The effect will function as a pedal wah.
When TOUCH is selected Polarity
Selection for the direction in which the filter will change in response to the input.
The frequency of the filter will rise.
The frequency of the filter will fall.
This adjusts the sensitivity at which the filter will change in the direction determined by the polarity setting. Higher values will result in a stronger response. With a setting of 0, the strength of picking will have no effect.
This adjusts the center frequency of the Wah effect.

Mastering

Use the Mastering Tool Kit to produce a two-track master of the bounce tracks with the levels optimized. 1. Press [REC MODE] several times until MASTERING is indicated for REC MODE at the left of the screen. 2. Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to select the recording source V-Track, and then press [ENTER]. The Mastering screen appears in the display.

Output

This makes settings that affect the overall output.
This sets the time it takes for the midrange compressor effect to stop once the input level falls below the Middle threshold level.
This sets the volume level at which the upper-range compressor goes into effect.
Sets the volume level of the overall sound after the signal passes through the limiter.

Soft Clip

Off, On
This sets the ratio of suppression of the upper-range output when the input level exceeds the Hi threshold level.
This suppresses noticeable distortion occurring with heavy use of the compressor/limiter effect.

Dither

OFF, 248 BIT
This sets the time it takes for the upper-range compressor to go into effect once the input level exceeds the Hi threshold level.
This prevents the action of muting sounds from being too noticeable.
This sets the time it takes for the upper-range compressor effect to stop once the input level falls below the Hi threshold level. * With the compressor, the level is automatically adjusted to the optimum setting according to the threshold (Thres) and ratio (Ratio) settings. In addition, since lengthening the attack (Attack) setting may result in distortion, a buffer (margin) of -6 dB is provided. Adjust the Mixer level as needed.
Using the Loop Effects/Track EQ
Here is an explanation of how to change the various parameters for the loop effects (chorus/delay/doubling/ reverb).
Select either HALL or ROOM.

fig.01-703d

For an explanation of loop effects, refer to Loop Effect Parameter Functions (p. 111).
Loop effects do not have patches. Loop effect settings are saved along with the song data. If you want to save the settings in the currently selected song, hold down [STOP], and press [REC].
4. To change the settings for the selected effect, press CURSOR [ ] [ ] to select the parameter and turn the TIME/VALUE dial to change the set value.

fig.01-704d

Selecting the Loop Effect
* You cannot use the chorus, delay, and doubling effects together. You must choose only one. 1. Press [LOOP EFFECTS]. 2. Press CURSOR [ ] [ ] to move the cursor to CHO/ DLY or REV, and press [ENTER].

fig.01-701d

For a description of the parameters for each effect, refer to Loop Effect Parameter Functions (p. 111). 5. When you finish making settings, press [EXIT] repeatedly to return to the PLAY screen.
When you want to spread out the guitar backing sound to the left and right, record the same guitar backing separately to two tracks, then pan the sounds to the left and right. This is known as doubling. By using the DBLN loop effect, you can produce a doubling effect even from a single-track (mono) recording, allowing you to make more efficient use of the tracks. 3. Press CURSOR [ ] [ ] until FX Type or Type is displayed, then turn the TIME/VALUE dial to select the loop effect. * If you want to emphasize the doubling effect, pan the track completely to the right or to the left and increase the doubling effect level. In addition, use the following procedure to raise the send level.

fig.03-205d

Pattern Name
2. Select a pattern. Use CURSOR [ ] [ ] and the TIME/VALUE dial to select the Preset/Song and number. P001P327: S001S100: Preset patterns 1327 Song patterns 1100 * The change in tempo is only temporary. If you want to change the arrangements actual tempo, refer to p. 123. * Tempos cannot be saved to patterns.

Performing patterns

1. Make sure performance of the song is stopped, then press [ARRANGE/PATTERN/OFF] repeatedly until the indicator is flashing.

fig.03-204d

You can temporarily change the tempo of the arrangement or pattern by the timing with which you press [TAP]. Tap on [TAP] four or more times to change the tempo of the arrangement or pattern. The tempo becomes that in which you tapped.

fig.03-206

2. Select a pattern. Use CURSOR [ ] [ ] and the TIME/VALUE dial to select the Preset/Song and number. 3. Move the RHYTHM fader to the positions shown in the figure below.
* The change in tempo is only temporary. If you want to change the arrangements actual tempo, refer to p. 123. * Tempos cannot be saved to patterns.
4. Press [PLAY]. The selected pattern is performed. No sound plays if BREAK is selected for the pattern.
Creating Original Arrangements
You can create arrangements (Song arrangements) of up to 999 measures. 1. Make sure performance of the song is stopped, then press [ARRANGE/PATTERN/OFF] repeatedly until the indicator is lit.

fig.03-301d

Starting Measure
Set the measure where the pattern that is selected by the current step will start playing.

fig.03-303a

Step 1

Step 2

(1 measure)

Strating Measure 001 002

Set the starting measure to 3 in step 2

Step 1 Step 2

(2 measures)

Strating Measure 003

2. Press CURSOR [ ] [ ] and the TIME/VALUE dial to select the Arrangement number. 3. Press [EDIT]. The Arrangement Edit screen appears.

fig.03-302d

* The starting measure for step 1 is always set to 001. This cannot be changed. * You cannot set a starting measure that is equal to, or earlier than the starting measure that is set for the previous step. * You cannot set a starting measure that is beyond the starting measure of the next step.

Pattern Number

Select the pattern. Set the patterns for each step as shown in the figure below.

This loads sounds recorded to the tracks as drum tones.
It can be convenient to use the scrub, punch in, and locator functions to set the range containing the drum sounds you want to load ahead of time. You can use the scrub function to repeat playback and locate the point from which loading is to start (the start point) and press AUTO PUNCH [IN], then after determining the point at which loading is to finish (the end point), press [LOCATOR] to register the range to be loaded. Using this technique of setting the start point with AUTO PUNCH [IN] and the end point with [LOCATOR] allows you to set the range to be loaded very rapidly. 1. Press [UTILITY]. 2. Press CURSOR [ ] [ ] to move the cursor to TONE, and press [ENTER].

fig.03-505d

Creating Original Drum Kits (Tone Load)
With the BR-900CD, you can create original drum kits not only with the internal drum sounds, but by loading drum sounds from external sources as well. There are four ways to load drum tones.
Loading from the tracks Loading from other drum kits
Loading from WAV/AIFF files (p. 171, p. 181)
Loading from WAV/AIFF files on CD-R/RW (p. 149)
The Rhythm and Tone Load functions cannot be used when tracks are bounced directly to a CD (p. 59). Wave data in the following formats can be imported. You cannot import wave data in other formats. WAV or AIFF format Mono or Stereo 8-bit or 16-bit Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz Compressed WAV files or AIFF files cannot be loaded. Extremely short waveform data (less than approximately 100 msec) cannot be loaded. The loop point settings within an AIFF file will be ignored. Add the extension WAV to imported WAV files and the extension AIF to imported AIFF files. You can load drum sounds of up to 13 seconds for a single drum kit. (Example) Kick: 3 seconds, snare: 3 seconds, crash cymbal: 7 seconds Total 13 seconds 4. Use CURSOR [ ] [ ] and the TIME/VALUE dial to select the track and V-Track to which the drum sounds are to be loaded, then press [ENTER].

fig.03-507d

3. Press CURSOR [ ] to move the cursor to TRACK, and press [ENTER].

fig.03-506d

Stereo WAV and AIFF files are loaded as mono sounds with the left and right sides mixed.
5. Use [CURSOR] and the TIME/VALUE dial to specify the range (start and end points) of drum sounds to be loaded in terms of measures or time locations. * You cannot specify an interval between the start and end points or a length of time in less than 100 ms or excess of 13 seconds. * When specifying measures, the result is reflected in the time display, and vice versa.

9. Press the BR-900CDs [EXIT]. The WAV or AIFF file is imported. The contents of the USB folder are automatically deleted at the time the import is finished. * If you press [EXIT] without quitting the connection to the computer, the following screens appear. In this case, pressing [ENTER] imports the WAV or AIFF file.
* Only one file can be imported at a time in each import operation. Do not drag and drop more than one file at a time.

fig.06-126d

When you have finished Copying the data, the Idling screen returns to the display. 8. Quit the connection to the computer.
Once the import is complete, you are returned to the screen for specifying the import-source track/V-Track. At this point, you can safely disconnect the USB cable from the BR-900CD and the computer. 10. Repeat Steps 48 as needed. 11. When you have finished importing the WAV or AIFF file(s), press [EXIT] repeatedly to return to the Play screen.
Importing SMFs and Creating Patterns
You can import SMFs (Standard MIDI Files) stored on memory cards as song patterns. You can easily increase your collection of song patterns by creating SMFs on your computer or other device and copying them to memory cards.

5. Import the SMF. 1) 2)

fig.03-435d
Click the BOSS_BR-900 (or Removable disk (*:)) icon. Drag the imported SMF to the SMF folder in the ROLAND folder.
You cannot import SMFs containing more than 999 measures. Add the extension MID to SMFs you are importing. Use file names containing eight alphanumeric characters. When you have finished importing the SMF, the Idling screen returns to the display. 6. Quit the connection to the computer.

fig.03-434d

7. Press BR-900CDs [EXIT] repeatedly to return to the Play screen. * If you press [EXIT] without quitting the connection to the computer, the following screens appear. In this case, pressing [ENTER] and then [EXIT] returns the Play screen to the display.
12. Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to select the importdestination song pattern, then press [ENTER].

fig.05-601d

Initializing the System Settings
Follow the procedure below to initialize the system parameters.

fig.05-603d

3. Press PARAMETER CURSOR [ ] [ cursor to ALL, and press [ENTER].

] to move the

The confirmation message Are you sure? appears in the display.

fig.05-602d

fig.05-604d
4. To continue the initialization, press [ENTER] (YES). 4. To continue the initialization, press [ENTER] (YES). To cancel, press [EXIT] (NO) (or [UTILITY]). When [ENTER] is pressed, initialization begins. After the initialization has been completed, you are returned to the Play screen. To cancel, press [EXIT] (NO) (or [UTILITY]). When [ENTER] is pressed, initialization begins. After the initialization has been completed, you are returned to the Play screen.
You can perform the same initialization with INIT ALL, by holding down INPUT SELECT [GUITAR/ BASS/MIC2], [MIC], and [LINE] while turning the POWER switch ON, then pressing [ENTER].
Initializing the Effect Settings
Follow the procedure below to initialize the user effect patches or song effect patches. 1. Press [UTILITY]. 2. Press CURSOR [ ] [ and press [ENTER].

fig.05-605d

Initializing the Rhythm Arrangements/Patterns/Drum Kits
This initializes the Rhythm Arrangements, Patterns, and Drum Kits. In Song Arrangement, Step 1 is set to the metronome. In song patterns and song drum kits, the step is empty. 1. Press [UTILITY]. 2. Press CURSOR [ ] [ and press [ENTER].

fig.05-607d

3. Press CURSOR [ ] [ ] to move the cursor to U EFX (user patch) or S EFX (song patch), and press [ENTER]. The confirmation message Are you sure? appears in the display. (Example) when you select U EFX

fig.05-606d

] to move the cursor to RHY,

fig.05-608d

4. To continue the initialization, press [ENTER] (YES). To cancel, press [EXIT] (NO) (or [UTILITY]). When [ENTER] is pressed, initialization begins. After the initialization has been completed, you are returned to the Play screen. 4. To continue the initialization, press [ENTER] (YES). To cancel, press [EXIT] (NO) (or [UTILITY]). When [ENTER] is pressed, initialization begins.
After the initialization has been completed, you are returned to the Play screen.
Initializing the Memory Card
Be aware that when initialized, any existing data on the card will be erased. * If you initialize the memory card supplied with the BR900CD, the demo songs on the card will be lost.
4. To continue the initialization, press [ENTER] (YES). To cancel, press [EXIT] (NO) (or [UTILITY]). When [ENTER] is pressed, initialization begins. When the initializing has been completed, Completed! appears in the display. Keep power on! Song creating. then appears in the display, and a new song is automatically created. In this case, the data type selected is HiFi (MT2). When creation of the song is finished, the play screen returns to the display. * Depending on the capacity of the memory card, initializing may take more than ten minutes to complete. This is not a malfunction. The progress of the initializing is shown in the display. Do not turn off the BR-900CD until the initializing has been completed.

[TAP].... 38, 122 TAP... 95 TEMPO.... 21 Tempo.. 38, 122123, 127, 130 Thres.... 107 Threshold... 94, 97 TIME... 21 Time between songs (Pre Gap).. 140 Time Signature... 123, 127, 130 Time Stretch... 192 TimeStrtch... 192 TME/MES... 68, 71, 74 TMP.... 85 TO... 199
TONE... 149 Tone... 94, 111 Tone Load.. 135, 149, 171, 181 TONELOAD Folder... 162 Top-Hi... 93 Top-Mid... 93 TOUCH... 101 TRACK... 87, 135 Track... 39, 41, 48 Track At Once... 140 Track Copy... 67 Track Editing... 67 Track EQ... 43, 110, 112 Track Erase... 73 Track Exchange... 76 TRACK fader... 18, 29 TRACK MIXER... 18 Track Move... 70 Track Mute.... 41 Treble... 99 Tremolo/Pan... 100 TRK... 67, 70, 73, 7576 TRM-SQR.... 100 TRM-TRI... 100 [TUNER]... 188 Tuner... 188 Tuning.. 96, 188189 Tuning guide... 188 Type.. 43, 9496, 98, 100101, 108, 111, 115
VO+GT AMP... 92 VOCAL MULTI... 90 VOICE TRANS... 90 Voice Transformer... 100 Volume.... 99 VtgRack... 94 [V-TRACK]... 49 V-Track... 14, 49 V-Track Selection screen... 49
Wah... 101 WAV... 148, 150, 165, 176 WAV/AIFF Export... 150, 165, 176 WAV/AIFF File... 171, 181 WAV/AIFF Import... 148, 167, 178 WAV/AIFF menu screen... 148 Windows... 162, 164 Windows 2000... 162 Windows Me.... 162 Windows XP.... 162 Wow Flt... 96 WRITE... 86, 104, 115, 141 Writing Insert effects... 86 Mastering Tool Kit.. 104 Pitch Correction... 115 Audio CD... 140 Waveform data.. 148
U EFX... 195 Undo... 57 [UNDO/REDO]... 57 UP... 101 USB... 162, 164, 175 USB connector.... 22 USB Folder... 163 USB screen... 164 User Patch.... 36, 84 [UTILITY]... 198199

XCG.... 76

[ZERO]... 30
V.... 120 Velocity... 127, 131132 Verse.... 120 VO DRV... 98 VO+AC.SIM... 92 VO+ACOUSTIC... 92

Track Sheet

Project Song Name Date

Artist

Client
TRACK 3 TRACK 4 TRACK 5 TRACK 6 TRACK 7/8
ARRANGE Tempo: PATTERN Tempo:

TRACK 1

TRACK 2
PAN PAN EQ Low EQ High CHO/DLY Send REV Send REV Send REV Send CHO/DLY Send CHO/DLY Send EQ High EQ High EQ High CHO/DLY Send REV Send EQ Low EQ Low EQ Low PAN PAN
PAN EQ Low EQ High CHO/DLY Send REV Send

EQ Low

EQ High

CHO/DLY Send

REV Send

EFFECTS

COMMENTS

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BR-900CD

Digital Recording Workstation Welcome
Congratulations on your purchase of the BOSS BR-900CD. This TurboStart contains step-by-step instructions that will quickly introduce you to the BR-900CDs major features.

TurboStart

Inserting Effects on the Inputs For this example, well insert a COSM Guitar Amp processor on the guitar input. 1. If the COSM EFFECTS button is not lit red, press the button to turn it red. 2. Press the COSM EFFECTS button once more to display the effects patch list. 3. Select P29 Tube Stck (for Tube Stack) by turning the TIME/VALUE dial. 4. Press EXIT/NO to return to the main screen. Adding the Rhythm Guide 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Press the ARRANGE/PATTERN/OFF button several times until it starts flashing red. Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to select the desired rhythm pattern, such as P098:POP1-V1. Press EXIT/NO to return to the main screen. Cursor to the tempo value at the top-right corner of the screen, and then turn TIME/VALUE to set it to the desired BPM. Press PLAY or REC to start the drum pattern. Raise the STEREO RHYTHM/LOOP fader to the desired listening volume.
Listening to the Demo Song
Use the following procedure to load and play back the demo song in the BR-900CD: 1. Press UTILITY. 2. Press until SONG SELECT [SEL] appears. 3. Press ENTER/YES. 4. Turn TIME/VALUE to select a demo song. 5. Press ENTER/YES. 6. Bring up the TRACK MIXER faders, the MASTER fader, and the RHYTHM fader. 7. Press PLAY to listen to the selected song.

Recording a Song

Heres how to record a guitar track while using effects and playing along with the Rhythm Guide. Creating a New Song 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Press UTILITY. Press until SONG NEW [NEW] is displayed. Press ENTER/YES. Set DATA TYPE to HiFi (MT2) for the highestquality recording and playback. Press ENTER/YES. When Are you sure? is displayed, press ENTER/YES.
Recording a Performance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Press the REC TRACK button for the track you wish to record. Press the REC buttonit flashes red. Press PLAY to start recording. When youre finished recording, press STOP. Press the ZERO button to instantly rewind back to the beginning of the song. Press PLAY to hear the track.
Note: Once the Data Type is chosen, it cannot be changed for a song. Using the Dedicated Inputs 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Plug the guitar into the GUITAR/BASS input. To turn on the GUITAR/BASS input, press the far left INPUT SELECT button so it lights red. Adjust the left SENS knob until the red PEAK light flashes occasionally when the instrument is played at its loudest level. Adjust the INPUT LEVEL knob until the meter on the LCD screen averages around -6. Select the REC TRACK buttonthe round button beneath its TRACK MIXER faderfor the track you want to record.
Adding Reverb to the Recording Track 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Press the LOOP EFFECTS button. Press to select [REV]. Press ENTER/YES. Press to select the desired track. Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to adjust the SEND value for the track. This adjusts how much reverb is added to the tracks audio.
Note: To add chorus or delay, use the same procedure, selecting [CHO/DELAY] in Step 2. Saving a Song The BR-900CD stores your work automatically!

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Digital Recording Workstation Mixing Down Tracks with the MTK
To create an audio CD, you must combine, or bounce, all of your recorded tracks down to two tracks in a process called mixing down. Mixing Down (Bouncing) to Tracks 7/8 1. 2. 3. 4. 4. 5. Press the REC MODE button once so BOUNCE is selected as the REC MODE value. With the TIME/VALUE dial, select Tracks 78V1 for mixdowntheir boxes should be empty to show theyre unrecorded tracks. Press the REC button so it flashes red. Press PLAY to begin mixdown. STOP when youve reached the end of the song, or the point at which you want to stop mixing down. Press ZERO, and then PLAY to play back the bounced mix on Tracks 7/8.
Saving Audio in.WAV/AIFF Format
The BR-900CD can export track data as.WAV or AIFF files, transferring them to a computer. When you convert mastered tracks to.WAV or AIFF format, any computer with a CD burner and CD-burning software can create an audio CDs from them. 1. Connect the computer to the BR-900CD using the USB cable. 2. Press the USB button. 3. Use the TIME/VALUE dial to select Type:EXPORT. 4. Press ENTER/YES. 5. Press to select [WAV] or [AIFF]. 6. Use the TIME/VALUE dial to select the desired track. 7. Press ENTER/YES to begin the export.
Mastering with the MTK Effects After mixing down, mastering uses the MTK (for Mastering Tool Kit) effect to help smooth out the differences in volume that occur over the course of a song. 1. Press the REC MODE button until the LCD screen says Rec Mode>MASTRING. 2. Turn the TIME/VALUE dial to select Source:78V1. 3. Press ENTER/YES to select your mixdown tracks: 78V1( Tracks 7 and 8, Virtual Track 1) the Rec Track button flashes green and orange. 4. Press the COSM EFFECTS button to select the MTK effectsthe screen shows MTK>P01:Mix Down (MSTR TOOL KIT). 5. To select an MTK patch, press and turn the TIME/VALUE dial to select the MTK bank and desired patch number. 6. Press EXIT/NO to return to the main screen. 7. Press REC to go into Record Standby mode. 8. Press PLAY to start recordingmastering begins on 78V2. 9. When you reach the end of the song, press STOP to end the mastering. 10. Play back Tracks 78V2 to listen to the mastered mix.

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