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

Harley Benton Fusion-HSH Roasted Maple Slate Digital ML-2 Clavia Nord Music Stand V2 DPA 4066-OC-A-F10-LH Slate Digital ML-1 JHS Pedals The Bonsai Zynaptiq Intensity Sennheiser ew IEM G4 A-Band Showtec Compact Par 18 MKIII Tour Tech 21 DP-3X Solar Guitars S2.6C ADJ 12P HEX IP
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Harley Benton Fusion-HSH Roasted Maple

Electric Guitar Ergonomically shaped mahogany body, "Ultra Flame" flamed maple veneer top, Matching headstock, Bolt-on neck from "roasted" Canadian flamed maple, "Roasted" maple fretboard, Neck shape: Modern C, Clay Dot fretboard inlays, 24 Medium jumbo stainless steel frets, Nu-Bone...

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NOK 3,199
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Slate Digital ML-2

Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone For Slate Digital VRS8 Thunderbolt audio interface, similar linear and flat frequency response to the Slate Digital ML-1, Allows microphone placement that is difficult or impossible for a larger microphone, Side mounted pad switch -...

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NOK 1,279
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Clavia Nord Music Stand V2

Clavia Nord Music Stand V2 - music stand for Nord C2 Combo Organ, Nord C2D, Nord Electro 3 HP, Nord Electro 4 HP, Nord Electro 5 HP, Nord Electro 6, Nord Piano 88, Nord Piano 2 HA88, Nord Piano 2...

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NOK 555
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DPA 4066-OC-A-F10-LH

DPA 4066-OC-A-F10-LH, d:fine CORE 4066 Omni Headset Mic, professional headset microphone with removable and adjustable neck holder for left or right-sided use. Omnidirectional, 20Hz-20kHz with 3dB boost between 8-20kHz, 144dB SPL max.,TA-4F Switchcraft connector for Shure Transmitter . beige, Great...

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NOK 5,777
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Slate Digital ML-1

Large-diaphragm condenser microphone Neutral ML-1 condenser microphone that can be combined with VMS hardware and software, Optional Neutral VMS preamp ensures minimal sound-colouration (not included!), Via VMS plug-in software, you can completely change the sound characteristics even after recording,...

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NOK 6,799
(3)
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JHS Pedals The Bonsai

Effect Pedal Overdrive, 9 Tube Screamer Overdrive modes, 5 Classic TS circuits and 2 popular mods, Analogue operation, True bypass, Volume, sustain and tone controls, 9-Way rotary control to select between Tube Screamer modes (OD-1 / TS-808 / TS-9...

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NOK 2,085
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Zynaptiq Intensity

Zynaptiq Intensity (ESD); enhancer plugin; innovative algorithm increases detail, clarity, density and loudness of any audio signal; suitable for single tracks, groups, mixbus or mastering; easy to us clearly arranged user interface; additional soft-knee saturating limiter at the output stage;...

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NOK 1,199
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Sennheiser ew IEM G4 A-Band

Evolution Wireless In Ear System Consists of UHF bodypack receiver (EK IEM G4), 9.5" transmitter (SR IEM G4) and IE4 earphones, Stereo / focus / mono modes, Up to 1680 frequencies in 42 MHz switching bandwidth, 20 Channel banks...

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NOK 7,999
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Showtec Compact Par 18 MKIII Tour

LED headlights Noiseless due to fanless cooling, Compact flat housing, Double bracket for upright and hanging mounting, Light source: 18x 3 Watt RGB 3in1 LED, Beam angle: 28°, Light output: 9600 Lux at 1 m, 4170 lux at 2...

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NOK 1,569
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Tech 21 DP-3X

Preamp for bass dUg Pinnick signature model, Controls: volume, chunk, high, mid, low, comp, drive, Gain switch, Mix button, Chromatic tuner, XLR DI output, TRS input / output, Headphone output, Dimensions (W x D x H): 19.7 x 6.4...

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NOK 2,399
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Solar Guitars S2.6C

Electric Guitar Body: Mahogany, Neck: Maple, Fretboard: Ebony, Neck profile: C, 24 Super jumbo frets, Graphite nut, Nut width: 43 mm, Scale: 647 mm, Pickups: 2 Duncan Solar humbuckers, Grover 18:1 locking machine heads, Colour: Carbon matte

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NOK 5,629
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ADJ 12P HEX IP

Universal Outdoor LED Spotlight Wide radiating wash with homogeneous colour mixing, 63 Selectable internal colour macros, Double bracket for standing and hanging operations, Water-protected connection sockets with rubber protective caps, Flicker-free operation for film and video recordings, Five selectable...

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NOK 2,799
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