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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Multitrack recorder for home/travel


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watercarving - Posted - 11/09/2020:  06:48:56


I'm looking for an affordable multitrack recorder. 4 tracks is plenty. Looking for something portable and easy to use. Do you have any that you really like?

Thanks!

RB3 - Posted - 11/09/2020:  06:59:20


I bought a Zoom H4 when it first came on the market, and it has served me well. Recently, however, I bought a Tascam DR-40X. To me, there doesn't appear to be any difference in the recording quality of the two units, but I much prefer the user interface of the Tascam.

watercarving - Posted - 11/09/2020:  11:22:32


Do you use it for multi-track recording or just doing quick demos?

Durocster - Posted - 11/09/2020:  12:20:56


I have a Tascam DP-04 , very handy and portable.

RB3 - Posted - 11/09/2020:  12:36:36


No, I haven't used either recorder for multi-track recordings, so I can't offer an opinion on their capabilities for that application. I used the Zoom to make recordings off of the control board used for a public radio show I once co-hosted and I used it to record acoustic jam sessions. I've only used the Tascam to record my playing for purposes of self analysis.

banjonoah - Posted - 11/09/2020:  13:10:43


If you have an iphone, try garageband. If you want to up the quality, try grabbing the Shure MV88 mic that plugs in to your phone. Very high quality. That with the garageband app is super portable and will do everything you need.

Old Hickory - Posted - 11/09/2020:  19:20:40


Are looking for 4 simultaneous tracks or one track at a time up to 4?



For multiple simultaneous tracks I like the Zoom R16 -- 16 tracks, 8 simultaneous XLR inputs. I don't own one, but my band's late drummer used to record our practices with one and obtained near studio quality results.  It records to an SD card, making is super easy to bring your tracks into DAW software on your computer for mixing.  It's been $400 since it came out about 10 years ago.



I have a Fostex MR8-HD 8-track recorder that can do 4 simultaneous.  I have the model with 40GB hard drive. It's ok, but I wish I'd bought the Zoom.  A lot of functions are buried in menus and since I use the thing so rarely, I always have to re-read the manual. I think it's discontinued. You can get them used for $80 to $125.

watercarving - Posted - 11/10/2020:  07:20:52


I'm not looking for 4 simultaneous, but just four total. The more I think about it I might want 8 so I can add in leads, etc.

mikehalloran - Posted - 12/08/2020:  11:50:45


Zoom has a large number of units to consider. Many are small and can do 4 tracks simultaneously.



Zoom recording devices



The R16 requires an external mixer to record 4 simultaneously—I sold mine for that reason. The R24 looks similar but allows 8 simultaneous as well as 48k audio, required if planning to stream over Zoom (different company).



The R24 is smaller than a sheet of paper and less than an inch thick. Weighs nearly nothing. Instead of little knobs and switches, it's laid out in mixer form. Can't be easier to use. Transfer the  audio to your Mac/PC with a SDHC card — unfortunately, 32GB is the max capacity these support. You can use a 64GB SDXC card but it can only read/write 32GB — but that is a lot of track minutes.



Tons of these used on eBay. Many are missing the 1.28GB of Loops on a 2GB USB stick. Zoom North America can share a Dropbox link with you that contains the loops — as they did with me. I have no use for the loops but still have that link.


Edited by - mikehalloran on 12/08/2020 11:55:52

m06 - Posted - 12/08/2020:  12:00:15


Reading this thread with interest as I'm looking for a simple way to record just 2 tracks (recorded separately). I'm not a techie and don't need a whole load of bells and whistles so an iPhone app that makes it as easy as possible would be ideal.


Edited by - m06 on 12/08/2020 12:01:22

mikehalloran - Posted - 12/08/2020:  14:01:10


quote:

Originally posted by m06

Reading this thread with interest as I'm looking for a simple way to record just 2 tracks (recorded separately). I'm not a techie and don't need a whole load of bells and whistles so an iPhone app that makes it as easy as possible would be ideal.






GarageBand can do that but if you want separation, you need some kind of an interface. Likewise for overdubbing. 



The Zoom iQ7 can handle overdubbing but not track separation.



 

m06 - Posted - 12/08/2020:  14:40:40


quote:

Originally posted by mikehalloran

quote:

Originally posted by m06

Reading this thread with interest as I'm looking for a simple way to record just 2 tracks (recorded separately). I'm not a techie and don't need a whole load of bells and whistles so an iPhone app that makes it as easy as possible would be ideal.






GarageBand can do that but if you want separation, you need some kind of an interface. Likewise for overdubbing. 



The Zoom iQ7 can handle overdubbing but not track separation.



 






Mike, what I'd like to do is record myself playing flute and banjo separately and have a way of putting them together. I have garageband but it's always been a bit of a block for me as far as simplicity is concerned. Is there an easy way to do that in garageband? Or would a more basic bit of kit be more suitable for what I'm trying to do?


Edited by - m06 on 12/08/2020 14:42:52

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