24-Track Analog "Blackbox Recorder" for Live Performance Recording


JoeCo's BBR-1 Blackbox Recorder plugs into any standard live mixing console via the normal insert points and not only allows for the capture of the performance but will also record the sound check to help set the foldback mixes and allow the performers to hear the live mix for themselves.  In difficult acoustic spaces, it also lets the sound engineer achieve the best balance without exhausting the band with endless rehearsals before the gig.

The Blackbox Recorder provides 24 tracks of audio recording directly onto a removable USB2 disk drive that can be immediately plugged into your Digital Audio Workstation after the gig.

Recording the audio at up to 96kHz and at 24 bit resolution into standard Broadcast Wave (BWAV) files on a standard FAT32 formatted drive allows the user to replay the material on any workstation.  Just unplug the disk from the back of the lackbox Recorder and plug it into your workstation as an external disk.  No copying or reassembling your studio is required and you have every mixer input recorded and available to create the perfect live remix.

For really large multi-track recordings, multiple Blackbox Recorder units can be chained together and operated from a single control surface.

Having connected the unit to the desk, the BBR1 defaults to all tracks being ready to record; just pressing Record will start the recording.  If the record button is pressed again whilst in record, the Blackbox Recorder will automatically start a new recording so that each song can be easily identified later.  To end a recording requires the Stop button to be held for 2 seconds to ensure that the recording cannot be stopped accidentally.

A foot switch input is also provided and can be set up to duplicate the record button function so that the engineer doesn't even have to move away from the console.


  • 24 track audio recorder
  • Virtual Sound Check Facility
  • 24bit/96kHz conversion
  • Simple User interface
  • Zero Latency: Inputs routed directly to output during record via relay forsafety against power failure
  • Keyboard input for naming tracks and songs
  • Data entry wheel for navigating menus and making adjustments
  • Scrub function for finding loop points
  • AES / SPDIF word clock
  • Linear time code (LTC) & MIDI time code
  • SONY PII (9-pin) control
  • Records to standard USB2 drive in BWF format - Instant import into DAW
  • Multiple BLACKBOX RECORDER units can be chained for really largemulti-track recordings
  • Applications as standalone multichannel recorder for use in studios,conferences, conventions, logging and monitoring

Rear Panel Connectors:

  • Analog I/O: 3x 25-way Female D-type supplied with 3m looms to 1/4" stereoTRS jacks (for mixer insert points - tip send, ring return)
  • (Loop through outputs): 8x 1/4" stereo TRS jack sockets (Ch 17-24 only:tip send, ring return)
  • Monitoring: 1 x 1/4" stereo TRS jack socket: Headphone output
  • Control and Synchronization:
    - 1 x 1/4" TRS jack socket: Linear TimeCode (LTC) Reader / Footswitch
    - 1 x 5-pin DIN: MIDI Time code (MTC) andMIDI Machine Control (MMC)
    - 1 x 9-pin Male D-type: SONY PII protocol
    -2 x RCA sockets: AES/SPDIF word clock reference input / communications toauxiliary units
  • Other Connectors:
    - 1 x USB2 (480Mb/s) interface to disk drive
    - 1 xmini DIN: PS2 keyboard socket
    - 1 x 2.5mm dc inlet (9Vdc power) - poweradapter supplied


  • Sample Rates supported: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz & 96kHz
  • Latency (line in to line out): Zero. (Line in monitor by relay bypass forpower failsafe, E-E selectable when powered if preferred).
  • Analog Inputs:
    - Levels: -10dB / +4dB switchable
    - Max input level: +22dBU = 0dBFS
    - A-D conversion: 24 bit, 96kHz
    - 106dB S/N; 96dB THD+N(typical A-weighted 48kHz)
  • Analog Outputs:
    - Levels: -10dB / +4dB switchable
    - Max output level: +22dBU = 0dBFS
    - D-A conversion: 24 bit / 96kHz
    - 106dB S/N; 94dBTHD+N (typical A-weighted 48kHz
  • Timecode Reader: Frame Rates: 24,25,29.97 drop and non-drop, 30 fps;Trigger only (no chase)
  • 19" rack mountable - 1RU high
  • Dimensions: 425mm x 150mm x 44.4mm
  • Weight: 2.1 kg
  • DC input: 7.5V - 15V
  • Power consumption: <18W

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