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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.

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Portable Multitrackers overview

tc electronic PolyTune 3 Tuner/Buffer Alesis DM10 MKII Studio Mesh Kit tc electronic Hall of Fame 2 Ibanez SR300E-AFM Harley Benton G212 Vintage Vertical De Sisti Leonardo 1kW P.O. Nowsonic Stage Antenna Set 5,8 GHZ Behringer MPA30BT Swissonic M-Control Ampeg Scrambler Bass Overdrive QSC K 8.2 Mackie Big Knob Passive
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tc electronic PolyTune 3 Tuner/Buffer

tc electronic Polytune 3, effects pedal, polyphonic tuner/buffer, Bonafide buffer circuitry preserves your tone through long cable runs and multiple effects, polyphonic tuning - tune all strings simultaneously, fast chromatic tuner offers 0.5 cent accuracy, ultra-precise strobe tuner gives you...

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€99
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Alesis DM10 MKII Studio Mesh Kit

Electronic Drum Set Made available in Europe exclusively by Thomann, Successor to the Alesis DM10 studio mesh kit, The new DM10 MKII Advanced Electronic Drum module is based on the Alesis Crimson module, Contains 671 sounds, 54 Preset and...

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€868
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tc electronic Hall of Fame 2

tc electronic Hall of Fame 2, effects pedal, reverb, new TC MASH technology turns footswitch into a pressure responsive expression controller, new shimmer reverb algorithm, analog-dry-through maintains integrity of analog dry signal path when reverb is engaged, TonePrint-enabled: load signature...

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€147
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Ibanez SR300E-AFM

Ibanez SR300E-AFM, 4-string bass guitar, Soundgear-series, mahoghani body, 5-pc maple/rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) "SR4" neck:, 24 medium frets, rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) fretboard, white dot inlays, nut width 38 mm, scale: 864mm/34", Accu-Cast B120 bridge, cosmo black hardware, PowerSpan dual coil pickups,...

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€299
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Harley Benton G212 Vintage Vertical

Guitar Cabinet Loudspeakers: 2 x 12" Celestion Vintage 30, Power handling: 120 watts, Impedance: 8 Ohm, Housing made of 16 mm plywood, Black Tolex version, Decorative borders, Dimensions (W x H x D): 49.5 x 65.8 x 35.5 /...

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€238
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De Sisti Leonardo 1kW P.O.

Pole-operated Fresnel Theater Spotlight For 1000 W lamp with G22 base, 150 mm Fresnel lens, Robust and light carbon steel housing with black powder coating, 28 mm TV spigot, With 2 m cable (without plug), Switch on housing, Beam...

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€675
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Nowsonic Stage Antenna Set 5,8 GHZ

Nowsonic Stage Antenna Set 5,8 GHZ, Set with 2 Antennas and Wallmount, Compatible with every WiFi Router, especially the Stage Router and Stage Router Pro, Frequency Range: 5.1 - 5.8 GHz, Impedance: 50 Ohms, Gain: 10dBi, Cable length: 6m, Weight:...

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€95
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Behringer MPA30BT

Active Speaker with Bluetooth Built-in 30 W amplifier, Equipped with: 1x 6" Woofer, Battery operation possible for up to 20 hours, Combo input, AUX input for external CD player, 35 mm stand flange, Weight: 4.9 kg, Compatible microphones: Article...

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€137
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Swissonic M-Control

Swissonic M-Control, passive Monitor Controller in hard metall housing, 2x Klinke/XLR combi Input, 1x 3,5mm Stereo-Jack Input, 2x XLR male Output, 1x 3,5mm Stereo Jack out, switchable Mute, Mono-Button, dimensions: 162 x 98 x 54 mm, weight 400g

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€49
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Ampeg Scrambler Bass Overdrive

Ampeg Scrambler Bass Overdrive, analog design, separate drive and blend (wet/dry) control, treble & volume control, true bypass, metal chassis, powered via 9V battery or optional power supply #108096 (not included), dimensions: 11,4 x 6,6 x 5,6cm, weight: 272g

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€92
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QSC K 8.2

2-Way Full-Range Active Speaker 2,000 Watt Class D amplifier module, Equippedwith: 8" Woofer and 1.4" titanium compression driver, Dispersion pattern: 90° axis-symmetrical, Multi-function display (45 mm x 25.4 mm) / 2 selection buttons, Presets / EQ presets: Dance /...

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€749
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Mackie Big Knob Passive

Mackie Big Knob Passive; Monitor Controller for up to two Monitor Pairs and two Stereo-Sources; passive +4dB Signal path without Power Supply; big Volume Knob; Switch for Mute, Dim, Mono, Monitor and Signal Source; Connections: 2x Stereo Line-Input 1/4" Jack...

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€77
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