BR1600 - Input Difficulty

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Member Since: May 02, 2008

Hey all,

Where do I start with something that seems SO SIMPLE yet is not working.

I use a BR1600 Boss Recorder and 7 mikes.
The BR1600 has 8 inputs
So ....I have 1 spare.
IMPORTANT to note - the BR1600 uses 6.3mm MONO mike inputs.

So I thinks.....I will bring my MP3 music through that spare channel and then I can play along to songs and record my playing to the songs at the same time AND at all times having control over the level of the MP3 volume as I can control the sound coming on that 1 x input.

Bear in mind that I am fully aware I cannot lose the original drum track from the MP3 file, I have no intention of doing that.

Sounds simple - right ?

Attempt 1 - I have a laptop with the MP3's going to an Onkyo Hi Fi Reciever.
The Reciever has a STEREO Line out , so I figure I have to make that MONO. I get a cable that breaks the ( composite ) STEREO OUT down to a MONO 6.3mm plug. I punch THAT into my BR1600 and it is low distorted mess coming through.

THEN I discover that there is a ( electronic ) difference between the composite STEREO output ( line level output ) and the required MONO mike input ( a mike level input ). I grab a Redback A4440Mike mixer ( after talking directly to the Redback brand importer about what I want to do ) and they assure me this unit is the bomb!

Tonight I run OUT of the back of the Onkyo reciever ( composite STEREO outputs ) to the mike mixer( composite STEREO inputs ) , then I come OUT of the mike mixer and back to the BR1600 and the sound is there but SO SO SO LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW in volume it is ridicoulous.

ANYONE here EVER try to get music running onto a track of thier BR1600?

SURELY it aint THAT difficult.

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Since: Aug 17, 2004

May 02, 2008 06:16 am

I'm looking at the BR1600-CD on the Roland website, and it has '8 XLR (mic)' ins AND '8 balanced 1/4inch (Stereo Jack)' inputs.

Does yours have the jack inputs above the XLR (mic) inputs?

Since: May 02, 2008

May 02, 2008 06:28 am

Thanks for trying to help.

Yes - I run into thse jack inputs and get the results as described in my post.

The BR1600 also has a front 'jack' input that 'over-rides' the rear Input jack number 1 if anything gets plugged into it. I have tried that one too .....same results.

Since: Aug 17, 2004

May 02, 2008 06:42 am

Have you tried going straight from the mp3 player into a line input? That'd be the first thing I would try. It'll only be left or right channel, but its a step in the right direction.

Since: May 02, 2008

May 02, 2008 06:46 am

No- and thanks - I will try that tommorrow and report back



Since: May 02, 2008

May 03, 2008 12:11 am

Well- yep- that worked.
Thanks heaps.

I will just run to the BR1600 1st and then out to my amp and out to headphones.



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