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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Best rated products

  1. Zoom H4n Pro

    Zoom H4n Pro

    In stock
    €195
    £173.56
  2. Zoom H6

    Zoom H6

    In stock
    €309
    £275.02
  3. Boss JS-10 eBand

    Boss JS-10 eBand

    In stock
    €367
    £326.64
  4. Zoom H5

    Zoom H5

    In stock
    €235
    £209.16
  5. Zoom H2n

    Zoom H2n

    Available at short notice (usually 2-5 days)
    €149
    £132.62
  6. Behringer iStudio IS202

    Behringer iStudio IS202

    In stock
    €85
    £75.65
  7. Tascam GB-10

    Tascam GB-10

    In stock
    €155
    £137.96
  8. Tascam DR-60D MkII

    Tascam DR-60D MkII

    In stock
    €166
    £147.75
  9. Zoom H1n

    Zoom H1n

    In stock
    €88
    £78.32
  10. Sony PCM-D100

    Sony PCM-D100

    In stock
    €577
    £513.55
  11. Zoom Q8

    Zoom Q8

    In stock
    €309
    £275.02
  12. Tascam DR-44WL

    Tascam DR-44WL

    In stock
    €259
    £230.52
  13. Tascam DR-70D

    Tascam DR-70D

    In stock
    €292
    £259.89
  14. Zoom H2n APH-2n Bundle
    BUNDLE

    Zoom H2n APH-2n Bundle

    Available at short notice (usually 2-5 days)
    €189
    £168.22
  15. Zoom Q2n

    Zoom Q2n

    In stock
    €111
    £98.79

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  • Roland
  • iZotope
  • Yellowtec
  • Sound Devices
  • Tascam
  • Zoom

Most popular products

  1. Zoom H4n Pro

    Zoom H4n Pro

    In stock
    €195
    £173.56
  2. Zoom H3-VR

    Zoom H3-VR

    In stock
    €299
    £266.12
  3. Zoom H6

    Zoom H6

    In stock
    €309
    £275.02
  4. Tascam DR-05X

    Tascam DR-05X

    In stock
    €98
    £87.22
  5. Tascam DR-40X

    Tascam DR-40X

    In stock
    €166
    £147.75
  6. Zoom H1n

    Zoom H1n

    In stock
    €88
    £78.32
  7. Zoom F4

    Zoom F4

    In stock
    €435
    £387.17
  8. Zoom H5

    Zoom H5

    In stock
    €235
    £209.16
  9. Sony PCM-D100

    Sony PCM-D100

    In stock
    €577
    £513.55
  10. Zoom Q2n

    Zoom Q2n

    In stock
    €111
    £98.79
  11. Zoom Q4n

    Zoom Q4n

    In stock
    €225
    £200.26
  12. Tascam DR-680 MkII

    Tascam DR-680 MkII

    In stock
    €459
    £408.53
  13. Zoom Q8

    Zoom Q8

    In stock
    €309
    £275.02
  14. iZotope Spire Studio

    iZo­tope Spire Studio

    In stock
    €379
    £337.32
  15. Zoom Q2n-4K

    Zoom Q2n-4K

    In stock
    €225
    £200.26