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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.

Portable Multitrackers overview

the box pro DSP 112 Behringer DeepMind 6 Roland Go Piano Boss GT-1B Bass Multi-FX Pedal Vox Adio Air GT Vox Adio Air Bass ADJ Pro Event Table M-Audio BX8 D3 tc electronic Sub 'N' Up Mini Octaver Fluid Audio Strum Buddy the box pro DSP 115 IsoAcoustics ISO-Puck set
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the box pro DSP 112

Active full range loudspeaker Power: 1200 watts, Class D power amp, Speaker assembly: 12 "woofer and 1.35" compression driver, Built-in DSP with 4 presets and low cut, 2 XLR jack inputs, 1 XLR output, Maximum level: 134 dB, Radiation...

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225 €
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Behringer DeepMind 6

Behringer DeepMind 6; 6 voice Analogue Synthesizer; 37 semi-weighted full-size keys featuring velocity sensitivity and after-touch; 4 FX Engines powered by tc electronic & Klark Teknik; 12 oscillators - two OSCs and LFOs per voice; selectable 2- or 4-pole low-pass...

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739 €
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Roland Go Piano

Roland Go Piano Digital Piano - 61 keys (Ivory Feel and Box-shape Keys with velocity), 128 voices polyphone, bluetooth 4.2, Midi: Conforms to GM2, Sounds: 10 Piano, 7 E-Piano, 7 Organ, 16 Other (incl. Drum Set and SFX Set), multi-effects/chorus/reverb,...

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299 €
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Boss GT-1B Bass Multi-FX Pedal

Boss GT-1B Bass Multi FX, effects pedal, Bass Multi Effect, 90 effect types, 32 seconds looper, approximately 7 hours of operation time with batteries, 99 Presets, 99 user patches, 3 Footswitches, 1 expression pedal and 1 additional footswitch/expression pedal input,...

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219 €
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Vox Adio Air GT

Modelling Electric Guitar Combo Power: 50 W, Equipped with: 2x 3"speakers for a wide stereo sound, Bluetooth allows wireless playback of music and remote control via app, VET Modelling technology for authentic amp sounds, Up to 23 amplifier models,...

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299 €
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Vox Adio Air Bass

Vox Adio Air Bass, E-Basscombo, 50W amplifier with high sound pressure, 2 x 3" speakers for a wide stereo sound, VET modeling technology for authentic amp sounds, up to 17 convincing amplifier models, up to 19 high-quality effect types, "Tone...

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299 €
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ADJ Pro Event Table

ADJ Pro Event Table, Compact and collapsible, Lightweight, around 18 kg, Functional and professional looking, table height: 880mm, dimensions table 1200x580mm; Dimensions (LxWxH): 50” x 24” x 45.5” / 1270 x 610 x 1155 mm

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330 €
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M-Audio BX8 D3

M-Audio BX8 D3, Active 2-way near-field reference studio monitor; Tweeter: 1.25 inch (32 mm) 80 W silk dome tweeter; Amplifier: 150 Watt RMS Bi-Amp Class A / B Power Amplifier; Sound pressure (max SPL): 114 dB; Crossover: 1.9 kHz; Other...

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149 €
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tc electronic Sub 'N' Up Mini Octaver

tc electronic Sub 'N' Up Mini Octaver, effects pedal, Octaver, compact sized pedal, Advanced polyphonic octave engine gives you lightning-fast note tracking and impeccable octave tones, TonePrint-enabled: load signature tones into your pedal with the free TonePrint App or design...

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109 €
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Fluid Audio Strum Buddy

Fluid Audio Strum Buddy, electric guitar monitor/amplifier powered by a re-chargeable battery, suction cup mounted, ca. 3,5 hours of play time on one charge, channels: 1, power: 6 watts, equipped with: 40 mm Neodymium Magnet speakers, construction: ABS plastic housing,...

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89 €
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the box pro DSP 115

Active Full Range Loudspeaker Speaker assembly: 15 "woofer and 1.45" compression driver, Power: 1400 W, Class D power amp, Built-in DSP with 4 presets and low cut, 2x XLR jack input, 1x XLR output, Maximum level: 136 dB, Radiation...

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248 €
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IsoAcoustics ISO-Puck set

IsoAcoustics ISO-Puck set of 2, Universal monitor stand set (2 pieces); Decouples the loudspeaker signal from the desk; Stand area per puck (diameter x height): 62 x 35 mm; Maximum load: 9 kg per puck; includes: 1 x ISO-PUCK set...

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59 €
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