Multitracker Comparison

 

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