If you enjoy using the BR-800's built-in drum machine but would like to transfer the drum Patterns or Arrangements to a computer, this article will guide you through the proper procedure. The BR-800's drums can be Mastered down (recorded) to a stereo track and then exported as a WAV file to your computer. This WAV file will be a recording of the drums alone and can then be dragged directly into a track in recording software (e.g. Cakewalk's Sonar).
How to Master (Mix Down) to Two Tracks
- Press MENU.
- Cursor to "MASTERING," and then press ENTER.
- Turn the dial clockwise to set MASTERING to the ON position.
- Press EXIT twice to return to the main screen. The display shows the track(s) to which you'll be mastering underneath the word "MASTERING." By default, “TR78-VMST” is displayed for the stereo virtual mastering track belonging to Tracks 7 and 8.
- Use the CURSOR buttons to move the cursor selector line underneath “VMST” (part of “TR78-VMST”).
- Turn the DIAL counter-clockwise to change the v.track to “TR78-1”. This selects Track 7/8 Virtual Track 1 as the destination.
- Turn down the fader volumes of all tracks except for the RHYTHM and MASTER fader.
- Press the ZERO button to return to the beginning of your song.
- Press RECORD and then press PLAY.
- When the song has finished playing, press STOP. A "PREVIEW" window will appear.
- Press PLAY to hear your mastered (mixdown) drum track. A stereo mix of your song has now been recorded onto TR78-1.
- Press EXIT twice to return to the main screen.
Now that you have the drums recorded, you can export the drum track as a WAV file using the BR WAV Converter software. You may download the BR Wav Converter software by clicking here.
Exporting from the BR-800 to Your Computer
- Connect a USB cable between the computer and the BR-800.
- On the BR-800, press the MENU button.
- Cursor to "USB," and then press ENTER.
- Cursor to "WAV CONVERTER," and then press ENTER twice—after a few moments, the BR-800 appears as an external drive on your computer.
Note: On Windows, the BR-800 may appear on your computer with an external drive letter (ie: E: or F:). You can close any windows that open automatically, but you’ll need to know this drive letter in Step 6 below.
- Launch the BR WAV converter software by double clicking the "BRWC" icon on your computer.
Note: The BRWC software is provided as a .zip or .sit file you'll need to extract before using.
- Once the BR WAV converter program is open, use the Drive menu at the top left of the screen to select the BR-800 drive you identified in Step 4.
- Select the song that your drums are recorded on from the Song menu.
Note: Green squares appear on a grid that shows you the V-Tracks in your song. The columns—up and down—represent the tracks. The top square in each column is V-Track 1 and the bottom square in each column is V-Track 8.
- Click the L/R button on the bottom of Columns 7 and 8 so that it changes to green.
- On the first row of “V Tracks” on the top of the grid, click on Tracks 7 and 8—they change to orange. You have now select Track 7/8 V.Track 1.
- Click EXPORT at the bottom left-hand corner.
- Click GO.
- Select "DESKTOP” as the destination folder.
- Type a file name of your choice into the FILENAME box, and then click SAVE.
- Quit the BR Wav Converter software. On the BR-800, press EXIT, and then ENTER to safely eject the recorder from your computer.
- On your computer’s desktop, you may drag the newly created WAV file (your drum track) directly into the recording software project that you are working on.