BR-532

BR-532

The front panel

We can divide it in three main sections. Well, let's start.

Left side

The upper zone is dedicated to the three inputs, while the zone below includes some controls.

Input section

The user can connect an instrument, with a dedicated Hi-Z input for guitar and bass, or a microphone (XLR or 1/4"). In addition, the Line In can be used to connect a keyboard, a CD player and so on.

Inputs controls
  • SENS
  • In the upper image we can see the three knobs for the adjusting of the sensitivity.

  • SELECT
  • These three buttons can be used to choose the source. A special function, called SIMUL, lets you activate the simultaneous recording of two inputs (guitar and microphone).

  • EFFECTS (COSM)
  • The BR-532 provides 30 effects for guitar and bass, 10 for voice, 10 for the Line In signal, and 10 amps simulations.

  • LEVEL
  • The volume of the input can be adjusted with this knob.

  • TUNER
  • To turn on and off the onboard tuner.

Playback and recording

The section below of the left side features all the buttons for many different functions, as for instance the automatic punch in/out, that turns out rather useful, or the LOCATOR, to store some locations on the tracks that can be, successively, recalled.

Other buttons

Central area

Well, the central area features the display and, in the zone below, the mixer.

Display

Really minimal, but shows all the most important information, like the active effects and the signal level.

Display

Mixer

We can see the faders for the single tracks and the fader for the volume of the rhythm guide, with its dedicated buttons for the pattern choice. We can see a button with a number, 32. The BR-532 puts 8 virtual channels for each physical track at user disposal. The use of this feature isn't immediate, but exists.

The Mixer
  • PAN
  • The user can choose the location (right/left of the sound) of each track.

  • PHRASE TRAINER
  • Useful, above all for the guitarist. It enables the center cancel function, that removes voice, or the time stretch. It can slow down playback and turns out useful if you want to study a solo, for example.

  • BOUNCE ON/OFF
  • It mixes all onto one or two tracks.

Right side

On the right of the front panel we can see some buttons for general purposes, a great knob that can be used to change the values of the various settings, for example, and the fader for the master volume.

Right side

Rear panel and connections

The rear panel features the jacks for the inputs, the outputs, both analog and digital, for an additional footswitch, the MIDI OUT connector and an interesting switch, called AUDIO SUB MIX. When it is turned on the signal of the Line In is mixed with the signal of the output. It can be very useful.
In the image below we can see the rear panel and all the possible connections. This image is included in the manual.

The rear panel

Opinion

Considering the price of the BR-532, rather low, i have to say that it can be an excellent solution for a single musician, above all a guitarist. The perfect "first" recorder, with all the necessary for the guitar.

Pros

  • Excellent audio quality.
  • Price.
  • Complete effects section.
  • Good construction.

Cons

  • The 32 Mb card (SmartMedia) supplied with the unit is too small.
  • The AC adaptor isn't included and must be bought separately.
  • Editing of the drum machine isn't easy.
  • The display is too small.

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