Roland BR-8 DVR User Manual

The BR-8 is a complete, all-in-one 8-track digital
recording studio designed for ease of use. Each song
can contain up to 64 Virtual Tracks, 8 Scene
memories, 100 Markers, and an Undo/Redo feature.
Key Features include:
8 channel digital mixer with digital
equalization and 8 Scene memories
3 onboard stereo digital multi-effects
processors including COSM guitar amp
modeling, COSM bass and acoustic guitar
simulators, reverb, chorus/delay and more
Simplified recording and bouncing features
Built-in digital chromatic tuner
Onboard Rhythm Guide
Built-in Phrase Trainer slows down guitar
licks to facilitate learning
Use the following procedure to load and play back
one of the demo songs in the BR-8:
1. Press UTILITY and use the CURSOR buttons to
highlight the SONG icon. Press ENTER.
2. Use the CURSOR buttons to highlight the
SELECT icon and press ENTER.
3. Use the CURSOR buttons to highlight either
“Finders Kprs” or “Smokin’ Blues,” then press
4. Press the PLAY button, and bring up the track
faders and Master fader to listen to the song.
In the following example, a guitarist can use the
dedicated Guitar/Bass input and COSM effects to
quickly and easily record tracks with the aid of the
onboard Rhythm Guide.
Creating a New Song
1. Press UTILITY and use the CURSOR buttons to
highlight the SONG icon, then press ENTER.
2. Use the CURSOR buttons to highlight the NEW
icon and press ENTER.
3. CURSOR to the GO icon and press ENTER. A
new song is created.
Using the Dedicated Inputs
1. Plug the guitar into the GUITAR/BASS INPUT on
the rear of the BR-8.
2. Push the left INPUT SELECT button to activate
the GUITAR/BASS input.
3. Adjust the left SENS knob (input sensitivity for
GUITAR/BASS) until the red CLIP led light
flashes occasionally when the instrument is
played at its loudest level.
4. Adjust the INPUT LEVEL knob until the IN level
meter in the LCD screen shows an average level
between 4 and 12.
Inserting Effects while Recording
1. Press the EFFECTS button to view the effects
associated with the GUITAR/BASS INPUT.
2. Use the TIME/VALUE dial to choose the
appropriate effect to be recorded. (NOTE: If no
effect is desired, CURSOR to highlight BYPASS
OFF, and use the TIME/VALUE dial to select
Using the Rhythm Guide Feature
1. Press the ON/OFF button of the Rhythm Guide
twice. A solid red light in the button will indicate
that the Rhythm Guide is now playing.
2. Adjust the Rhythm Guide LEVEL knob to the
desired listening level.
3. To change the tempo, tap repeatedly (min. 4
taps) on the TAP button and the tempo of the
Rhythm Guide will change accordingly.
4. To change the pattern type of the Rhythm Guide,
press the PATTERN button and use the
TIME/VALUE dial to select the desired time
signature and pattern, then press PATTERN
again to exit.
5. Press the ON/OFF button to stop the Rhythm
Guide, and one more time to place the Rhythm
Guide into Auto start mode. (When PLAY or REC
& PLAY is pressed, the Rhythm Guide will start
Note: The performance of the Rhythm Guide patterns can
be transmitted to a MIDI Sound Module or any General
MIDI device via MIDI, and the sounds within the module
can be used as an alternative to the rhythm sounds that
are built into the BR-8. Refer to the instructions and
reference table on page 73 of the BR-8 owner’s manual.