Guitar mixing in the palm of your hand

Boss comes out with 'ultimate guitar companion'

You'd think a company like Boss could afford to get some better marketing help. Although the music icon has come out with what seems to be an interesting gadget, it's been christened with the unfortunate name of the "Micro BR Digital Recorder." Sounds like something you might find in a doctor's office or a lathing shop.

Boss guitar palmtop studio

But if you're into guitars--and you can get past the name--this "ultimate palmtop guitar companion" might be worth checking out. The MP3 recorder and player, which is described as being slightly larger than an iPod, has a "guitar multi-effects processer, built-in rhythm patterns and 32 recording tracks," as well as 300 drum patterns. That alone, in our opinion, deserves a better name.

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