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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JBL One Series 104

Active Monitor System 4.5" Woofer, 0.75" Tweeter, 60 W class D amplifier (2 x 30 W), Optimised for desktop applications, Front volume control, Frequency range: 88 - 20,000 Hz (-3 dB SPL), 60 - 20,000 Hz (-10 dB), Max....

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Audient Sono

Amp Modeling Interface 24-Bit / 96 kHz, 10 x 4 Amp Modeling Audio Interface, 2 x Combo inputs mic / line with Audient Class A microphone preamp (60 dB gain), Instrument input with tube preamp including 12AX7 tube and...

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Marshall Studio Classic SC20H

Tube Head Preamp based on the classic JCM 800 2203, 20 Watts with power reduction to 5 watts, Tubes: 2x ECC83, 1x ECC83 (Phase Splitter), 2x EL34, Controls: Preamp and Master Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass and Presence, 1 Channel...

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Erica Synths Sample Drum

Eurorack Module Sampler / Sample Player for live performances, Two identical channels (A / B) allow recording, playback and editing of samples, 6 Encoder knobs for real-time editing, Various playback modes, tuning, VCA, AD envelope and effects per channel...

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Antares Auto-Tune Access

Pitch Correction Plugin (Download) Software for automatic intonation correction in real time, Easy and fast pitch correction, Based on the algorithms of Auto-Tune Pro, Simple parameter set for easy operation, Low-latency for live applications, Compatible to Antares Auto-Key (Article...

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Steinberg Cubase Pro 10 Upgrade AI

Audio MIDI sequencer (DAW)Upgrade from Cubase AI 6 or later 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...

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Electro Harmonix Mono Synth

Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar Guitar Synthesiser, Eleven mono-synthesizer sounds, Eleven programmable user presets, Controls: Vol Dry, Vol Synth, Sens, Ctrl, Type, LED: effect on, Footswitch: Preset, Bypass, Connections: Input (6.3 mm jack), EXP (6.3 mm jack), Synth Output...

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Clavia Nord Piano Monitor

Piano Monitor Specially designed for optimal dynamic playback of the Nord Piano Library, Optimized for near field, Additional auxiliary audio input to connect a laptop or smartphone, Power: 2x 80 W, Loudspeaker equipment: 3/4" Tweeter and 4 1/2" woofer,...

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IK Multimedia iRig Micro Amp

Compact Guitar Amp with Audio Interface Compact, battery-powered guitar amplifier with integrated audio interface, 1 x 4" Fullrange speaker (4 Ωs), Output power: 15 W (mains operation), 7.5 W (battery operation), 3 Analog channels: Clean, Drive and Lead, EQ...

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V3 Sound Grand Piano XXL

V3 Sound V3 Grand Piano tone generator - Modelling Sounds, Strings Resonance, Note off sample, Pedal noise, 4 GB flash memory, 254 voice polyphony, 16 Midi Channels, 600 programms, 12000 Samples, connection: MIDI In/Thru, USB to host, sustain pedal (half...

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Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 Standard

Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 Standard (ESD); guitar effects plugin; Guitar Match technology simulates specific guitars, which can be played wiht regular guitars; contains Guitar Match-Essential with 2 guitars, 45 effect pedals and rack processors as well as 30 classic...

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Exponential Audio Stereo Reverb Bundle Crossgr.

Plugin Bundle (Download)Crossgrade from any registered iZotope product (except DDLY, Moebius and all freeware plugins) Three reverb effects for natural, non-modulated and effective, modulatable reverberation as well as a multi-effect plug-in, Consists of Phoenix Verb, R4,...

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