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Gigbag: October 2003

Boss BR-864

Boss’ latest digital 8-track is its smallest and least expensive. Still, it’s loaded. A USB port enables two-way communication between the BR-864 and a computer-export tunes from the 128MB Compact Flash card (which holds about an hour of audio), or import .WAV or AIFF files you’ve previously recorded. Effects, amp simulators and fully programmable rhythm functions are already onboard. And the bit about eight tracks is just technical talk: 64 virtual tracks are available. But can you dream up that many harmonies?

M-Audio Luna Microphone

The unique-looking Luna, a lollipop of a microphone, is M-Audio’s latest cardioid condenser, with a large, 1 1/10-inch diaphragm. Luna’s insides are Class A FET electronics, not tubes, but M-Audio promises a “vintage” tone. It’s a great starter microphone and ideal for the project studio, but Luna comes packaged like a high-class mike, in a sturdy carrying case and with a shock mount.

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