I was looking for a multitrack recorder that would let me record several synths and drum machines both simultaneously and also in multiple takes.
Recording multiple synths at once means I needed more than 4 inputs, and allowing overdubbing from multiple takes means I needed MIDI sync. For whatever reason (presumably cost reduction) it seems all the currently available models of Multitrackers have removed MIDI ports, so I needed to delve into the second hand market. There were a few options so I used this table to help make a decision. I’ve excluded anything that didn’t meet the threshold of – MIDI sync (would have accepted either as slave or master, although all items below do both) and recording from at least 8 simultaneous inputs (which rules out devices like the Fostex MR8 which can record 8 tracks, but only two at a time).
In the end I went with a Korg D3200, partly because I found a nice machine at a good price, but I think a 2488neo would have been good as well.
|MODEL||POWER||ANALOG INPUTS||TRACKS||ANALOG OUTPTS||MIDI IN – SYNC||MIDI IN – FX||MIDI OUT – SYNC||MIDI OUT – SEQUENCER||SAMPLER||TONE GENERATOR||OVERDUB||DIGITAL||STORAGE||USB 2.0|
|2488 Mk1||single voltage IEC||8||16||Main, Monitor, FX 1, FX 2||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||GENERAL MIDI||y||RCA S/PDIF||PATA (IDE)||Y|
|2488 mk2||single voltage IEC||8||16||Main, Monitor, FX 1, FX 2||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||y||RCA S/PDIF||PATA (IDE)||Y|
|2488 neo||single voltage IEC||8||16||Main, Monitor, FX 1, FX 2||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||y||RCA S/PDIF||SATA||Y|
|D3200||universal IEC||12||32||Main, Monitor, Aux 1, Aux 2||Y||Y||Y||N||N||DRUMS||y||OPTICAL S/PDIF||PATA (IDE)||Y|
|Yamaha AW1600||external||8||16||Main,Aux 1/2||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||SAMPLER||RCA S/PDIF||PATA (IDE)||Y|