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Boss BR-1600CD

Digital Studio, 16-track, 8 XLR, Drum & Bass Sequencer

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BOSS’ Ultimate 16-Track Studio

The BR-1600CD Digital Recording Studio is the first BOSS studio with eight XLR inputs for recording eight tracks simultaneously. This affordable 16-track recorder comes loaded with specialized effects for guitars and vocals—including COSM Overdrive/Distortion, Amp Modeling and a new Vocal Tool Box—plus a 40GB hard drive, CD-R/RW drive and USB port. It’s the perfect way to record your band.

Easy Multitrack Recording

The BR-1600CD includes eight sweet-sounding XLR microphone inputs with phantom power. Use them to mic up a drum set or to record your entire band in a single pass. Recording eight tracks at once is easy, thanks to a new “Multi-Track” recording mode—just pick your inputs and start recording while taking advantage of powerful channel effects like a compressor, 3-band EQ and bass cut filter.

Superb Guitar and Vocal Effects

Plug into the BR-1600CD and you’ve got an arsenal of world-class BOSS effects ranging from reverb, delay and modulation to the latest modeling effects for guitar, bass and vocals. These include powerful overdrive/distortion and amp modeling identical to the BOSS GT-6, acoustic and bass effects, plus mic modeling and a new Vocal Tool Box. This special algorithm includes auto pitch correction to keep you in tune, plus a Harmony Sequence function for creating realistic harmonies—no background singers needed!

Build Your Own Backing Tracks

The BR-1600CD now includes separate Drum, Bass and Loop Phrase tracks for creating complete backing arrangements. The Drum and Bass tracks come with high-quality PCM sounds. The Loop Phrase track can be loaded with user samples, or you can choose from a collection of loop phrases pre-loaded onto the hard disk. Using these tracks, you can build professional-quality arrangements for your guitar and vocals.

Complete Connectivity with USB and V-LINK

Boss By Roland Authorized Reseller
The BR-1600CD’s USB port makes it easy to load .WAV/AIFF files into a track, or export your audio for further editing in software or data backup. Want to integrate video with your music? Using V-LINK and an optional Edirol video editor, you can control and manipulate images using the BR-1600CD’s buttons and knobs. It’s easy and you’ll love the results. With the BR-1600CD, the sky’s the limit!

What's In The Box?

  1. (1) Owner's Manual
  2. (1) AC Adapter (PSB-7U)
  4. (1) BR-1600CD Unit
  5. (1) Effect Patch List

Product Features:

  • 16-track (256 V-Track) digital studio with 40GB hard drive and CD-R/RW drive
  • Record all 8 XLR inputs simultaneously—ideal for tracking live performances
  • Powerful onboard effects including COSM modeling for guitar, bass and vocals
  • New Vocal Tool Box with auto pitch correction and Harmony Sequence function
  • 16 individual Track EQs, plus 8 dedicated compressors
  • Mastering Tool Kit with multi-band compression for loud and punchy CDs
  • Create backing tracks quickly via independent Drum/Bass and Loop Phrase tracks
  • V-LINK video control, plus USB port for easy data exchange
  • Up to 8 tracks can be recorded simultaneously, and up to 16 tracks can be played back simultaneously.
  • Optional DVD Manual: Boss By Roland BR-1200CDDVM
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty


  • Tracks:
    • Track: 16
    • V-Track: 256 (16 V-Tracks per Track)
    • * Up to 8 tracks can be recorded simultaneously.
      * Up to 16 tracks can be played back simultaneously
  • Maximum Useful Capacity/Recording Time:
    • Internal Hard Disk: 40 GB
    • Recording Time: 120 hours (conversion in one track)
    • * The listed recording time is approximate. Times may be slightly
      shorter depending on the number of songs and size of imported loop
      phrase that were created.

      * The listed recording time is the total for all the tracks that are
      used. If each of the sixteen tracks contain an equal amount of data,
      the length of the resulting song will be approximately 1/16 of the above.
  • Signal Processing:
    • AD Conversion: 24-bit AF Method (Guitar/Bass),
      24-bit delta-sigma Modulation (VOCAL, MULTI-TRACK, STEREO TRACKS)
    • DA Conversion: 24-bit delta-sigma Modulation
    • Internal Processing: 24-bit (digital mixer section)
    • Recording Data: 16-bit linear
  • Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20kHz (+1/-3dB)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.02% or less (INPUT SENS: CENTER, 1 kHz @ nominal output level)
  • Nominal Input Level (Variable):
    • GUITAR/BASS jack: -10dBu
    • MIC 1-8 (XLR) jacks: -40dBu
    • INPUT 1-8 jacks: -10dBu
  • Input Impedance:
    • GUITAR/BASS jack: 1 M ohms
    • MIC 1-8 (XLR) jacks: 12.5 k ohms (HOT-COLD), 6.5 k ohms (HOT-GND, COLD-GND)
    • INPUT 1-8 jacks: 22 k ohms
  • Nominal Output Level: LINE OUT jack: -10dBu
  • Output Impedance:
    • LINE OUT jack: 2 k ohms
    • PHONES 1, 2 jack: 100 ohms
  • Recommended Load Impedance:
    • LINE OUT jack: 20 k ohms or greater
    • PHONES 1, 2 jack: 8 to 50 ohms
  • Residual Noise Level: LINE OUT jack: -90dBu or less
    (INPUT SELECT: GUITAR/BASS, input terminated with 1 k ohms, INPUT SENS: CENTER, IHF, typ.)
  • Interface:
    • DIGITAL IN: S/PDIF 16/24-bit coaxial (RCA)
    • DIGITAL OUT: S/PDIF 16/24-bit coaxial (RCA)
    • USB Connector (Type B)
  • Display: 130 x 36 mm (Backlit LCD)
  • Connectors:
    • USB connector
    • DIGITAL IN connector (coaxial)
    • DIGITAL OUT connector (coaxial)
    • FOOT SW jack (¼ phone type)
    • EXP PEDAL jack (stereo ¼ phone type)
    • LINE OUT jacks (RCA phono type)
    • INPUT 1-8 jacks (unbalanced, ¼ phone type)
    • MIC 1-8 jacks (XLR balanced)
    • PHONES 1, 2 jack (stereo ¼ phone type)
    • GUITAR/BASS jack (¼ phone type)
  • Power Supply: DC 12 V; Supply AC Adapter (Roland PSB-7U)
  • Power Consumption: 3 A
  • Size & Weight:
    • Weight: 10 lbs. 13 oz. (4.9 kg)
    • Width: 19-1/2" (494 mm)
    • Depth: 13-3/8" (339 mm)
    • Height: 3-15/16" (99 mm)

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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
90 days
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Product Name: Boss BR-1600CD