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)

Inputs & Outputs

Total Number of Inputs
This is the total number of input connections that go into the unit.
Total Number of Outputs
This is the total number of output connections that the unit will produce.
Number of Combo Input Jacks
The number of combo input jacks on the device. Combo input jacks are a combination of XLR 3-pin and 1/4" TRS phone type inputs, enabling the user to choose one or the other based on their needs.
Number of Analog Inputs
This is the number of available analog inputs on the device
These are the analog inputs for the studio monitor.
These are the type of outputs on the unit.
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs
This is the number of coaxial digital audio inputs that the receiver accepts.
Optical Digital Audio Inputs
This is the number of digital optical audio signals the receiver accepts.
Digital Inputs
The type of digital inputs available on the unit.
Digital Outputs
These are the types of digital outputs available on the unit.
Number of Preamps
This is the number of preamps available on the unit.
Independent Monitor Level Control
The abillity to control the main monitor level output.
MIDI Connections
The configuration of input and output connections on a MIDI controller.
The ability for the MIDI controller to interface with a MIDI device via USB.
Headphone Output
If the unit is capable of outputting audio to a pair of headphones, this is the type of jack that makes the connection.

Digital Specifications

Computer Connection
The computer connections for the audio interface to transmit data and/or audio.
Sample Rate
Sample rate defines the number of samples per second (or per other unit) taken from a continuous signal to make a discrete signal.
Bit Depth
Bit depth represents the bits of information that are recorded for each sample. Bit depth directly corresponds to the resolution of each sample in a set of digital audio data. Common examples of bit depth include 16-bit CD audio, and DVD-Audio that can support up to 24-bit audio.

Audio Specifications

Nominal Input Level
The nominal level is the level at which the device was designed to operate for the greatest dynamic range.
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
Output Impedance
This is the amount of impedance that the microphone allows.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).

System Requirements

Operating System
This is (these are) the operating system(s) that the device needs to function properly.
USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
CPU Manufacturer
This specifies the manufacturer of the computers processor. The two major manufacturers are Intel and AMD.
CPU Cores
This is the number of cores inside the computer. The more cores, the faster and more efficient the computer will be able to process information.
CPU Speed
This is the speed of the processor inside the computer. The higher the speed, the faster the computer can process information.
RAM (or 'random access memory') is an amount of temporary memory that your computer uses to perform common tasks as quickly as possible.
Available Hard Disk Space
This is the minimum hard disk space requirement for any software that might come with this device.

General Specifications

Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
The height of the item, measured from top to bottom, in inches.
The front-to-rear depth of the item, in inches. If the item is angled or slanted, this value is the bottom measurement.
The width of the item from left to right (side-to-side) measured in inches.


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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
90 days
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Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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Boss BR-1600CD

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


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