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

Yamaha P-125 BK Boss GT-1000 Fender SQ Affinity Strat Pack HSS BSB Reloop RP 4000 MK2 Yamaha PSR-E463 Gator iMac 21" Tote Bag Flyht Pro Rack Drawer 19" 3U 28 cm lock XVive Wireless System U2 Red Aston Microphones SwiftShield Tama DSB62SN Bag Set Rock Darkglass Vintage Ultra v2 LD Systems U518 BPH2
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Yamaha P-125 BK

Stage Piano Graded Hammer Standard Keyboard (GHS) with 88 weighted keys, Pure CF Sound Engine, 24 Tones, Max. Polyphony: 192 votes, Dual, split and duo function, Two-track recording (one song), 20 Rhythms (drums + bass), Intelligent Acoustic Control, 21...

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NOK 4,333
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Boss GT-1000

Multi effect pedal 32-bit AD / DA, 32-bit floating-point processor and 96 kHz sampling rate, New BOSS DSP engine, specially developed for audio applications, AIRD (Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics) brings BOSS's Tube Logic concept to a digital guitar processor,...

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NOK 7,659
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Fender SQ Affinity Strat Pack HSS BSB

Fender Squier Affinity Strat Pack HSS BSB IL e-guitar set with e-guitar stratocaster, frontman 15G amp, cable, strap and picks; e-guitar, poplar body, maple neck, indian laurel fretboard, 21 medium jumbo frets, nut width 40,9mm (1,61"), scale 648mm (25,5"), pickups...

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NOK 2,159
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Reloop RP 4000 MK2

Quartz-driven DJ turntable with high-torque direct drive Speeds (RPM): 33 1/3 - 45 - 78, Pitch with selectable range of +/- 8% and+/- 16%, Reverse function, Connections: 1 PHONO output (gold plated) and 1 GND ground connection, Incl. platter,...

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NOK 2,299
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Yamaha PSR-E463

Yamaha PSR-E463 Keyboard 61 touch responsive keys, 758 sounds, 235 styles, 48-note polyphony, 1 One Touch Setting, Effects: Reverb, Chorus, Master EQ, Harmony, Arpeggio 150 typs; Duo mode, SMF Formats 0 & 1, Registration Memory, Metronome, Transpose, incl. Yamaha Education...

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NOK 2,499
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Gator iMac 21" Tote Bag

Nylon Bag Fits 21" Apple iMac Water resistant, Good grip and protection with adjustable foam blocks and hard-panel reinforcement in the front flap, Foldable sun and dust protection, Double zipper, Strap and handle cutouts, Reinforced, detachable carrying handles, PVC...

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NOK 969
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Flyht Pro Rack Drawer 19" 3U 28 cm lock

Flyht Pro Rack drawer 19" 3U 28 cm with lock. Robust and easy glide lockable metal rack drawer. Colour: black, Dimensons: WxHxD 483 x 134 x 280 mm, weight: 6,3 kg

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NOK 355
Recommended
XVive Wireless System U2 Red

2.4 GHz Wireless System Set with transmitter and receiver - both with battery and without power supply to operate, Built-in, rechargeable lithium battery, Range without obstacles: up to approx. 30 m, Frequency range 20 - 20,000 Hz, Latency: <6...

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NOK 1,025
Recommended
Aston Microphones SwiftShield

Aston Microphones SwiftShield; Universal Mic Mount and Pop-Filter; Mic Mount Features: without Rubber Bands; fits Mics from 30 to 50 mm Diameter; two quick release spring clips; made of Aluminium, grade glass-fill nylon polymer and medical grade latex ("ShockStar" suspension);...

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NOK 705
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Tama DSB62SN Bag Set Rock

Tama DSB62SN Drum Bagset, Set containing 22"x18" Bass Drum, 10"x08" + 12"x09" Tom, 14"x14" + 16"x16" Floortom, 14"x6,5" Snaredrum, 600 denier high density water resisters surface, 10mm Padded, Carrying Strap with Shoulder Pad, Finish Blag with white Tama Logo,

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NOK 1,185
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Darkglass Vintage Ultra v2

Darkglass Microtubes B7K v2 Bass Overdrive, effects pedal, all the versatility and sonic possibilities of the first version plus: single user loadable cabinet simulation impulse response, micro-USB B port to connect to PC/Mac, 3.5mm headphone output with cabinet simulation, balanced...

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NOK 3,333
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LD Systems U518 BPH2

Dual UHF wireless system with 2 bodypack transmitters 2 Dynamic headset microphones MH1 in black, Directivity: Cardioid, 19" 1U True diversity receiver, Frequency band: 1785 - 1800 MHz, Audio transmission range: 30 - 16,000 Hz, 96 Channels in 8...

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NOK 4,525
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