To be completely honest I am from
the old school service industry going back to Multitrack Tape recorders. I
found it interesting researching your problem and hope I can be of some help.
It appears you have purchased the BR-1180s not the BR-1180cd-r.
The BR-1180cd-r sells for $899.00 and a used
upgrade kit sells for $169.00, which is not sold by Roland/Boss anymore and are
not good financial choices for you.
answer your question you can record from the BR-1180s to a WAV or MP3 on your
laptop. I would use the RCA output and an RCA to 3.5mm
stereo connector available at Radio Shack or Cables To Go at the following
Plug the RCA red connector in the BR-1180s
right line out and the white connector in the left line out. Plug the 3.5mm
male connector into the laptops line in (Blue) jack. Now that you have the
hardware connected you need to have software for the computer to record the
audio. if you have a program like Roxio 2010 you can use the music creator to
record and edit the audio output from the laptops line in. If you do not have
recording software you can do a Google search for free pc recording software or
click on the link bellow.
If you have a Macintosh your should
already have the software to record on your system.
Launch your recording software on
your laptop computer. From your audio manager (click on the audio manager icon located by the
clock) set the mixer volume on line in so it will not clip or distort. If you
do not hear any sound make sure your BR-1180 is in playing your mastered
recording and the laptops line in is turned on. You now should have your
recording on your laptop and be able to edit and save it from the laptops
recording software. From this point you can burn the .WAV or .MP3 to a CD or