JoeCo Blackbox BBR64-MADI

Blackbox 24 Channel Recorder MADI Connectors

Another ground-breaking innovation from JoeCo, the BBR64-MADI Multi-Track Recorder allows you to record and replay up to 64 channels of MADI data in a unit that still occupies just one unit of rack space. Capture live multi-channel audio for Performance, Broadcast, Film & TV Sound applications.

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The groundbreaking multi-track MADI recorder based on the original award-winning BLACKBOX Recorder design, the BBR64-MADI can capture a full 64 channels of MADI data at standard sample rates directly to Broadcast WAV files on an external USB2 drive. Double sample rate MADI recording (up to 96kHz) is also accommodated.

The recorder sports both coaxial and optical MADI connections for interfacing with any MADI equipped console or other equipment. Additionally, the BBR64-MADI caters for 56-channel legacy MADI and can record a further 8 channels of analogue (balanced line in) for capturing the audience reaction or general ambience. 

The BBR64-MADI will lock to or generate word clock, as well as locking to the received MADI data stream. The MADI input is echoed direct to the output to ease system integration. In addition to the PFL bus providing both high-resolution metering and headphone monitoring, an additional “mix” feature has been added to the headphone output.


The BLACKBOX Recorder was the first professional multi-track recorder designed solve the inherent problems of working with computer-based systems in a live environment, and it remains the most trusted. Relied upon by engineers on tour, in mission-critical broadcasting set-ups and installations all over the world, the BLACKBOX Multi-Track Recorder is the first and last word in reliable multi-tracking audio recording. 

Able to record or replay up to 24 channels of 24bit/96kHz audio, the BlackBox BBR1 Recorder is available in both analogue and digital variants, offering a choice of professional interfaces to any live mixing console. Units can be linked for recordings involving larger track counts.

Audio is recorded as mono broadcast WAV files to an external USB2 drive, or USB2 Flash drive. The implementation of JoeCo’s iXML plug- in additionally enables PolyWAV files to be recorded. Using universally accepted file and disk formats on external storage solutions has many advantages when used in the field or on tour. It also eliminates the time normally required to load recordings into a workstation for subsequent mixing and re-purposing, which is a crucial factor in fast turnaround productions. Recorded files can be instantly imported into any Mac- or PC-based Digital Audio Workstation for editing, remixing and re-purposing.

The BlackBox BBR1 Recorder is designed to be supremely simple to use, requiring just the input and output connections, power and a USB drive before pressing the RECORD button. A full colour LCD screen and striking LED displays show all the information that’s needed in order to know exactly what’s happening. The recorder can be remotely controlled and monitored via JoeCoRemote for iPad. Recordings can be named using either JoeCoRemote or a standard computer keyboard. The unit is also equipped with a range of fail-safe features to keep recordings as secure as possible, including the ability to recover files should power fail during a recording.

The BlackBox BBR1 Recorder has a wide range of applications in Live Performance, Broadcast, Film & TV Sound and Post Production. An additional software add-on turns the recorder into a BlackBox Player, enabling synchronous or instant playback of audio material for various applications. 

Other timesaving and professional features include virtual soundcheck; disk drive formatting; the ability to create a headphone monitor mix with level and pan on every track; a keyboard interface, optional footswitch operation, a Name Manager for creating templates and modifying track or song names, plus a variety of shortcuts for speedily navigating menu options and transport controls. The recorder also offers a range of enhancements for film, TV and broadcast applications including support for 23.98fps time code, 9-pin support for edit controllers, and iXML support.

  • 64-channel record or playback at 44.1kHz and 48kHz.
  • Only 1 rack unit tall (435 x 44 x 170mm) and weighing just 2.1kg.
  • Records standard broadcast WAV files to an external USB2 drive. Captured audio material can be imported into any digital workstation for instant re- purposing. No file transfer necessary.
  • Simple to operate and understand.
  • Simple to see what’s going on to disk.
  • Headphone monitoring of internal mix, or PFL monitoring of individual/pairs of channels. Hi-res metering.
  • Safe’n’Sound Record Recovery protects your files in case of power failure.
  • Files can be time-stamped with respect to incoming timecode.
  • Track, Song and Folder naming.
  • Remote control via QWERTY keyboard, MIDI, Sony 9-pin, JoeCoRemote.
  • Multiple units can be stacked for larger track counts.
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General Specifications

  • Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • Bit depths: 16bit; 24bit
  • Disk interface: USB2
  • Format: FAT32
  • File type: Broadcast WAV (BWAV)
  • Media: USB2 hard disk (7200rpm recommended), USB2 flash drive – 200x minimum (except for MADI and DANTE systems which have more demanding data rates), SHDC (Class 10 with suitable adapter except MADI and DANTE)
  • Monitoring: 1 x 1/4” TRS jack socket, headphone mix/solo
  • Physical: 19” rack mounted 1U
  • Dimensions: (425mm x 150mm x 44mm)
  • Weight: < 2.4kg

Control and Synchronisation

  • MIDI: 1 x 5-pin DIN (open loop) – MIDI time code (MTC) and MIDI machine control (MMC) protocol
  • LTC: 1 x 1/4” TRS jack socket:
  • Frame rates supported: 30fps, 29.97drop fps, 29.97non-drop fps, 25fps, 24fps, 23.98fps
  • Machine control: 1 x 9-pin D, SONY PII protocol
  • Audio clock synchronisation: 2 x RCA sockets AES3 / SPDIF Format, also used for communications to slave units
  • Footswitch: momentary switch on ring of LTC TRS socket
  • Keyboard: 1 x mini DIN PS2 connector, Standard 102 key
  • Power: 9v – 16V dc (< 25W). 2.1mm dc inlet. PSU supplied

Analogue Inputs:

  • Levels: -10dBu / +4dBu switchable
  • Max input level: +22dBu = 0dBFS
  • A-D conversion: 24bit, 96kHz
  • 106dB S/N, 96dB THD+N (typical A-weighted)

Analogue Outputs:

  • Levels: -10dBu / +4dBu switchable
  • Max output level: +22dBu = 0dBFS
  • D-A conversion: 24bit, 96kHz
  • 106dB S/N, 94dB THD+N (typical A-weighted)

BBR64-MADI Specifications

  • MADI coax (BNC) in and out. MADI optical in and out.
  • Wordclock in or out (switchable BNC).
  • 8 x balanced analogue inputs on 25w D-type (Tascam format)
  • No loop through outputs.
  • Power: 20W on 4pin mini XLR – universal PSU supplied.
  • Other connectors as BBR1U