Thomann's Cool Online Guides: Portable Multitrackers

The multitracker is a great tool for musicians of all levels. It really can be a ‘studio in a box’ replacing many of the components of a traditional studio.

Welcome to our Portable Multitracker Online Advisor.

Owning a recording studio used to be something most musicians could only dream about - songwriters kept their ideas jotted on endless scraps of paper, or were forced to capture their creations on a poor quality two-track recorders. The advent of the compact audio cassette (developed in 1963) ultimately led to affordable, portable four-track machines such as the Tascam Portastudio, which debuted in 1979, bringing multitrack recording out of the commercial studio and within reach of the everyday musician. Although cassette-based machines could not provide the same audio quality as reel-to-reels, they served as a very useful tool for making demos. These recordings were often let down by the use of low quality peripherals - cheap microphones, pre-amps, and outboard, but even so, many top artists penned mega-hits using basic four-tracks, and some recordings even made it to the final mixes.

Advances in technology over the years have made it possible to produce much higher specification miniature digital studios at incredible prices. Offering anything up to 32 tracks, today’s models feature quality pre-amps, effects, digital editing, and even built-in drum machines - it’s never been easier and more affordable to record your own music.

Much in the same way that the first glimpse of a large mixing desk can appear intimidating, multitrackers can look a little bewildering and confusing on first inspection. But like the mixing desk, they can be broken down into separate sections – we’ll now take a further look at these to help to explain the overall process.

Our Online Advisor extends to several pages - you can jump from section to section using the index below or the navigation at the bottom of each page.

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Portable Multitrackers overview

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Tascam Model 24

22-Channel Analogue Mixer with Recorder 22 Channels - 12x mono and 5x stereo, Integrated 24 track recorder, Recording on SD card with maximum 24 Bit / 48 kHz, Simultaneous playback of 22 tracks possible, Function as 24 channel USB...

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$949
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KRK RP5 RoKit G3 White Noise

Active Monitor  5" Glass aramid woofer, 1" Textile tweeter, 50 watts, Class A-B amplifier: LF30 Watt HF 20 Watt, Frequency range: 45 Hz - 35 kHz, Input: RCA, XLR and 6.3mm jack, Magnetically shielded, Auto Standby, Dimensions: 185 x...

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$119
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Zoom PCF-8n

Bag suitable for Zoom F8n, F8 and F4 Opening on the side for access to the connectors, Removable, water-repellent and transparent top, Padded straps, Interior has various compartments through dividers with hook and loop fastener, Pockets on the front...

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$94
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PRS MT 15 Amp

Amp Head for Electric Guitar Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge) Signature Model, 2 Channels: Clean and Gain, Power: 15 W - reducible to 7 W., Preamp tubes: 6x JJ EC83S, Power tubes: 2x JJ 6L6GCMS, Gain in the gain channel:...

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$522
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Joyo R-05 Maximum Overdrive

Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar Overdrive, From asmooth & crunchy vintage boost to tonal-monster sustained overdrive, Controls: Volume, Gain, Tone & Boost, Mosfet / Diode clip mode switch, Hard Clip / Flat / Smooth Mode, 2x On / Off...

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$55
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Fender Rumble LT25

Bass Combo Amp Power: 25 Watt, 1x 8" Loudspeaker, 15 Amplifier models, 20 Effects, 50 Factory and 30 user presets, New signal processor, Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, Master controls, Preset Select, Back, Save Button, Menu Button, Tap Tempo/Tuner Button,...

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$179
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Sennheiser XSW-D Instrument Base Set

Digital Radio Link Basic set for instruments with jack coupling, XSW-D transmitter with 6.3 mm jack, XSW-D receiver with 6.3 mm jack, Incl. belt clip, 6.3 mm jack cable and charging cable USB-A to USB-C

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$285
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Gravity SA VESA 1

VESA Monitor Mount for 35 mm Tripod Tubes Hole spacings from 75 x 75 to 400 x 400, Maximum load capacity: 30 kg, Dimensions of the base plate: 240 x 240 mm Includes: 4x Extension elements,...

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$42.90
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Shure Motiv MV88+ Video Kit

Microphone Kit Digital stereo condenser microphone, Integrated headphone output for real-time monitoring, Different options for stereo width and polar pattern, Compatible with Shure MOTIV audio & video apps (versions for iOS and Android), Metal casing, Sound pressure level limit:...

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$218
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tc electronic Clarity M Stereo

Desktop Audio Meter Stereo Audio Meter for Mixing, Mastering and Post Production, 7" High Resolution Display (800x480) for accurate viewing, USB connection for smooth plug-in integration, Supports AU, VST & AAX plug-ins and all major broadcast standards including ITU...

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$285
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Harley Benton StompControl-4 ISO

4-Way Loop Switcher Programmable loop switcher with integrated power supply, 4 Patches, 5 Banks, 20 Presets, Easy to read LED display, Tuner output, On / Off switch with LED status indicator, Easy to use, Integrated, completely isolated power supply...

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$94
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LD Systems U308 BPH

UHF Radio System with Bodypack and Headset Radio frequency band: 823-832 MHz and 863-865 MHz, 12 Selectable channels, Up to 6 systems can be used simultaneously, Transmitter power: 10 mW, ASC Infrared synchronization of transmitter and receiver, Squelch with...

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$188
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