Best Budget Multitrack Recorder

Multitrack recorders are a bit like telephones: they are not entirely useful, but they are not obsolete either. They simply have their own charm and can still hold great value in the hands of a skilled professional.

Multitrack recorders are quite self-explanatory in what they do; they literally record multiple pieces of audio on multiple tracks.

In the day and age of telegraph when everything used to be black and white, there was no device whatsoever that had the capability to distinguish between the various instruments, until multitrack recorders came along.

With computers making an entry into the scenario things changed. But music is like fashion, it keeps repeating itself, and for the same reason, multitrack recorders are in fashion even today.

If you are looking for a multitrack recorder and you seem to be on a budget, look no further. We give you a list of eight multitrack recorders you can purchase when on a budget.

Tascam DR-680 MKii

Features

  1. Capturing gigs
  2. Recording small budget films

Pros

  1. Size

Cons

  1. Limitations in functionality
  2. Not many outputs.

Summary

In the world of handheld multitrack recorders, this one stands out as a star and pretty much nails every feature that you would need on such a device. Design bits such as XLR inputs and Phantom Power are simply brilliant.

But it manages to qualify as strictly a handheld recorder as it has as many as six XLR inputs, it hardly has any outputs and hence cannot be a regular multitrack location recorder.

Read our full review here!

Tascam DP-008EX

Features

  1. Simultaneous recording of tracks
  2. Virtual tracks (6 of them with functions such as undo and redo)

Pros

  1. Extremely reliable
  2. Budget friendly

Cons

  1. Doesn’t work as a USB audio interface

Summary

Do not be fooled by the affordable price tag; this multitrack recorder packs a punch for what it is. Namely the quality and clarity of sound, ease of use and features.

In the digital multitrack recorder comparison with other similarly priced products, you will know its worth and why there are so many loyalists of this product.

Read our full review here!

Zoom R8


Features

  1. Unlimited virtual tracks
  2. 150+ onboard effects

Pros

  1. Quality and clarity of recorded songs

Cons

  1. The Amp and cabinet modelling features are not noteworthy

Summary

It lets you program/punch all your points (in and out). It is very versatile. It records the tracks well and is fairly portable.

Hence it receives some genuinely positive reviews. It was one of the best digital multitrack recorders in 2016 and prior to that as well.

Read our full review here!

Boss Micro BR-80


Features

  1. A wide variety of onboard effects, EQ, mastering tools, vocal processing, etc
  2. Two channel USB audio interface

Pros

  1. Entry level DAW cakewalk SONAR X1 LE

Cons

  1. Bit rate is just 24 Bit

Summary

If you are looking out for a multitrack recorder solely for the purpose of portability and capturing your ideas while brainstorming and making music than this is the one to go for.

The fact that it comes on a budget adds to the overall usefulness of this device and makes it one of the best multitrack recorders out there.

Zoom R16


Features

  1. Eight simultaneous recording tracks
  2. Unlimited virtual tracks only limited by the onboard storage.

Pros

  1. Eight recording tracks is more than you will ever need

Cons

  1. Plastic built, not very durable

Summary

The beauty of this recorder is in the fact that it belongs to the 16 track recorder range and the price point that it comes in makes it a bargain for this kind of device.

It is a clear winner if you’re looking out for a multitrack recorder in this category and no surprise is one of the best digital multitrack recorders of 2016.

Read our full review here!

TASCAM – DP24SD

Features

  1. 24 tracks playback and mix
  2. Two effects send

Pros

  1. Phantom Power on all eight ports

Cons

  1. You cannot use more than one dynamic effect on each of the track

Summary

When reviewed online, one will have a ton of mixed opinions that they will find. Mostly though, the critics favour this one over its competitors. This is mainly because of the price tag and the fact that it is an all-in-one (all rounder) that is perfect for home and studio use.

This used to be a multitrack recorder with a CD burner and even though it was one of the best digital multitrack recorders in 2015, the CD burner has been removed and for conversion one will have to connect it to a computer.

ZOOM R24


Features

  1. Playback 24 tracks as compared to 16
  2. Six channels of phantom power

Pros

  1. 24 Tracks playback/mix can happen at the same time.

Cons

  1. Extreme price discrepancy amongst sellers, keep in mind this model retails for a $100 more than the R16.

Summary

Even though it is not exactly a multitrack budget recorder, someone looking to purchase a multitrack recorder with over 24 tracks cannot go wrong with this one.

It has one of the best multitrack recorder software out there, and with the price tag it comes with, it is nothing less than a bargain.

Read our full review here!

TASCAM DP 32-SD

 

Features

  1. Playback of 32 tracks instead of 24
  2. Eight virtual tracks with every playback on both

Pros

  1. Used by some of the most well-known songwriters out there such as Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga

Cons

  1. It does not really offer any additional features besides the additional eight tracks that it will use which makes the price difference with the 24 track variant unreasonable.

Summary

You cannot fault the masterpiece that this device is and the fact that one needs no introduction to how brilliant it is. However, it also comes with the drawback of being nothing more than just a 32 track recorder.

Unless you are starting out on a very small budget its better you look out for a multitrack recorder for android or a basic app that will help you in general.

But if you are an experienced songwriter the fact that there are almost no additional features that will stand out to justify the massive price difference will stick out like a sore thumb.

Yet it remains one of the top players on our list of budget multitrack recorders.

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