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

Sony WH-1000XM3 Black Steinberg Cubase Pro 10 Electro Harmonix Grand Canyon Harley Benton SpaceShip 80 w/Hardcase Roland VT-4 Hughes&Kettner BlackSpirit 200 the t.mix 201-USB Play Mackie FreePlay LIVE Bag Steinberg Cubase Elements 10 Friedman BE-OD Deluxe Overdrive Harley Benton SpaceShip 60 w/Hardcase Quilter Interblock 45
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Sony WH-1000XM3 Black

Noise Canceling Headphones Wireless via Bluetooth (LDAC), Closed, Circumaural, 40 mm driver - dome (copper voice coil), Frequency response: 4-40000 Hz, Sound pressure level: 104 dB / mW, Impedance: 47 ohms, High-quality audio streaming with LDAC, Touch operation on...

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$349
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Steinberg Cubase Pro 10

Audio MIDI Sequencer (DAW) 32 Bit integer and 64 bit float, Unlimited number of simultaneously usable audio and MIDI tracks, Supports up to 256 physical inputs and outputs, 5.1 surround support, Score Editor, Key Editor, Drum Editor, Sample Editor,...

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$525
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Electro Harmonix Grand Canyon

Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar Delay and Looper, Digital operation, 12 Effect Types, Fully functional looper, Up to 3 seconds delay time, TAP tempo, Stereo outputs, 13 Delay presets, Looper has up to 16 minutes recording time, Unlimited number...

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$255
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Harley Benton SpaceShip 80 w/Hardcase

Adjustable & Lightweight Pedalboard Rugged powder-coated aluminium frame, Covered in a carpet like material, Adjustable height and tilt, Easy power supply installation underneath the frame, Dimensions: (W x D x H) 800 x 390 x 70-85 mm, Weight:...

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$113
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Roland VT-4

Roland VT-4; Voice Transformer; desktop effects processor for vocal effects; intuitive and creative handling via sliders, knobs and buttons; Vocoder-, Pitch-Shifting-, Harmonizer- effects and more; adjustable reverb effects; 8 user settings storable; up to 6 hours of battery operation (4x...

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$222
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Hughes&Kettner BlackSpirit 200

Guitar Amp Head The secret behind the sound of the BlackSpirit 200 is the completely new technology developed especially for sound production: Bionic Tone Generating. Here the complex dynamic processes of classic tube circuitry has been reproduced and optimised...

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$759
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the t.mix 201-USB Play

2 Channel DJ Mixer with USB / SD / Bluetooth Player 2 Stereo inputs: phono / line / MP3, 1 Microphone input with talkover: 6.3 mm Jack, Headphone output: 6.3 mm Stereo jack, Master Out: XLR / RCA, Rec...

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$84
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Mackie FreePlay LIVE Bag

Mackie FreePlay LIVE Bag, FreePlay Live Portable PA Bag, hardshell lid with Mackie logo, accessories compartement on the side, heavy duty zipper, carry strap and handle, colours: black

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$66
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Steinberg Cubase Elements 10

Audio MIDI Sequencer (DAW) 32-Bit integer and 64 bit float, Supports a maximum of 48 audio and 64 MIDI tracks, 24 instrument tracks and 24 physical inputs and outputs, Over 40 audio effects, 3 Virtual instruments: HALion Sonic SE,...

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$94
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Friedman BE-OD Deluxe Overdrive

Effects Pedal Overdrive, 2 Channels, Authentic British overdrive sounds based on the legendary "BE-100" tube top section, Controls per channel: Volume, Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble & Presence, Separate tight switch per channel, True bypass, Effect on LED, Bypass and...

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$274
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Harley Benton SpaceShip 60 w/Hardcase

Adjustable & Lightweight Pedalboard Rugged powder-coated aluminium frame, Covered in a carpet like material, Adjustable height and tilt, Easy power supply installation underneath the frame, Dimensions: (W x D x H) 600 x 305 x 70-85 mm, Weight:...

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$89
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Quilter Interblock 45

Quilter Interblock 45; transistor amplifier head for electric guitar; ultra compact 45 Watt guitar power amp, Great as spare or Pedalboard Amp, switch between Cab Sim and Full Range mode, silent recording via Balanced Line Output; 1 channel; power: 45...

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$189
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