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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

Alesis DM10 MKII Studio Mesh Kit JBL LSR 305 White Limited Edition Thalia Capo Pau Ferro Black Chrome Ampeg Scrambler Bass Overdrive Ibanez SR300E-AFM Harley Benton G212 Vintage Vertical Softube Tape De Sisti Leonardo 1kW P.O. Millenium BS 2015 Round Base PureLink ULS1000 10,0m Focal Shape 65 Electro Harmonix Overlord
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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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888 €
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JBL LSR 305 White Limited Edition

JBL LSR 305 White Limited Edition, Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor with 5" Woofer, 1" Soft-Dome High Frequency Transducer, 43Hz-24kHz, Class D Power Amp: 41/41W (LF/HF), Max Peak SPL: 108 dB SPL (C-weighted), Magnetic shielding, Level Control, LF trim (+2dB/-2dB), HF...

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148 €
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Thalia Capo Pau Ferro Black Chrome

Thalia Capo Pau Ferro Black Chrome, high-quality Capodaster with pau ferro inlay, one-handed operation, replaceable fretpads designed to fit a range of instruments, incl. standard tension and high tension tuning kits, each includes 0" for classical, 7.25". 9.5", 10", 12",...

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59 €
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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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99 €
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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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295 €
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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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249 €
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Softube Tape

Softube Tape (ESD); tape machine plugin; emulates three different tape machines; type A: rich detailed and clear sound of a classic Swiss high end machine; type B: is a more colorful transformer based machine; type C: based on a British...

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77 €
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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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699 €
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Millenium BS 2015 Round Base

Millenium BS 2015 Round Base, solid, stable straight speaker stand with round base. Height adjustable from 1100 to 1810mm, base diameter 450 mm, base height 24 mm, pipe upper diameter 35 mm, M20 thread and 35 mm tapering at lower...

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51 €
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PureLink ULS1000 10,0m

PureLink ULS1000 10,0m, High speed HDMI cable for 3D and HDTV resolutions up to 4K, 24k gold plated connectors with ultra-lock system, HDMI Type A Male (19pin) incl. ULS to HDMI Type A Male (19pin) incl. ULS, pure silvered OFC...

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80 €
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Focal Shape 65

Focal Shape 65, active nearfield monitor; designed without a port allowing it to be placed near a wall; 105 w class ab; woofer: 6,5" flax cone; tweeter: 1" aluminum-magnesium; 6,5" double passive radiator; freqeuncy response (+/-3db): 40 - 35000 hz;...

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699 €
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Electro Harmonix Overlord

Electro Harmonix Overlord, effects pedal, overdrive/boost, originally designed as a keyboard overdrive, guitarists quickly realized that this FET-based overdrive delivered the tube amp-like tone and feel that guitarists love as well, controls: Vol, Treble, Mid, Bass, Dry, Boost & Gain,...

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168 €
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