Boss BR532 to computer?

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Member Since: Jun 10, 2005

I'm a beginner and totally confused. I have a Boss BR532 and am trying to figure out how to record my tracks onto cd. How do I hook the thing up to my computer? The manual says I need a "Smart chip reader/writer" but my computer doesn't have that. (It's a new Dell PC laptop.)

Also after recording only 10 minutes or so of music it tells me my memory chip is full. I've formatted it etc. and it still only holds a few minutes worth of music. Am I doing something wrong?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Talk to me like I'm 5. Thank you!

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Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Jun 10, 2005 02:36 pm

ok you're NOT gonna be able to send all 4 tracks to your computer at once, so ya gotta pan two tracks hard left and right, and go two at a time into your computer's line input. do you have a recording app on your computer? if not, you need to get one before you do anything else.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Jun 11, 2005 09:43 am

also, 32 meg for audio is, how shall I say, teeny. I'm suprised you can fit 10 minutes on it. I saw on one of the sites, that a 128 meg can be put in there, so that may be a $$$ option. It seems that this device is geared for the traveling recorder, that wants to make multiple recordings of things, like creating a beat, adding some groove, then some git, while on the road. Then coming back and xfering the info to computer.

I'm thinking that the 'smart chip reader/writer' your manual is referring to, is a memory card reader. You would take the 32meg card out of the BR, and put it into the card reader plugged into your computer. I'm thinking this isn't necessary as you can use the USB cable to xfer the tracks to computer. Like WYD said, you'll need a recording application to pull the tracks into.

Your favorite rockstar
Since: Feb 03, 2003

Jun 13, 2005 12:46 pm

Yeah, I have a BR532 as well. Here's what I did....

First off, I spent $35 on a 128MB memory card. Smart Media is kinda phased out, so if you can find a store that still carries the cards, they'll be cheap. Then I spent $20 at Walmart and got a universal memory card reader. Then finally, I went to Boss's website, and downloaded their free software to convert BR532 tracks to WAV files.

Now I can take those tracks into ACID, Soundforge, and all my other tools, and do my own thing with them.

So yeah, you'll probably need to spend another $50 or $60 dollars, but after that it becomes a pretty handy little demo recorder.


Jun 13, 2005 10:04 pm

i have the br864 and there is no program to convert tracks to wav, the br532 prog doesnt work for it either, alot of ppl are chapped about that because it takes forever to convert to wav from the 864. i rarely use my 864 but from what ive read in the forums, theres alot of information stored on the card ie. every little edit gets tucked away, using the optimize function will free up some space, not sure if there is an optimize function on the 532.

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