[linux-audio-user] BR532 multitracker file format / sync

Thorsten Mika tmika at t-online.de
Thu Apr 22 06:27:03 EDT 2004

Hi Joe,

On Thu, 22 Apr 2004 11:04:40 +0100
Joe Button <linux-audio-user at joebutton.co.uk> wrote:

> I have a Boss BR-532 digital multitrack, which saves my songs onto
> SmartMedia cards. I can then get these files onto my PC using a USB
> card reader. So far so good.

> 1) Probably a long shot, but does anyone have any clue as to how I
> might convert the files from the BR-532's internal format to WAV or
> whatever? I can do this using a Windows GUI program supplied by Boss
> (runs fine under wine), but the interface is rather fiddly and
> limited. Any chance I might be able to do this eg. with some kind of
> command line / scriptable tool? Cursory Googling hasn't revealed a lot
> about the file formats to me - they're described as 'MT2', 'LV1', and
> 'LV2' (in decreasing order of sound quality). I usually use LV2 (for
> that much sought after lo-fi sound...).

I own a Boss-BR8 (which is AFAIK kinda big brother of the BR-532 and
works with ZIP-disks). I can mount the disks as MSDOS disks. The
soundfiles are stored on them in the format you mentioned. So you can
copy the files to your local disk, which makes the Doze-GUI-util work a
bit faster. But still, no commandline-automation. If you find one,
please let me know :-)

> 2) Once I've got my WAV files, can I just drag them into Audacity /
> Ardour etc and assume they'll stay synced? Or is some kind of
> additional syncing used to keep tracks aligned?

No syncing needed. I recently had to get 10 songs from the BR-8 to a CD
to make use of them as guide tracks in a studio. You simply can export
them and ajdust them to zero, et voilá!



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