Shopping for Digital Multi-track Recorders
Digital multi-track recorders allow you to record several separate tracks, and put them together to create bigger, more complex audio. Some multi-track audio recorders have a simple design that can record to many channels and then mix or edit later in DAW software, while others come with advanced features such as signal routing, internal effects processing, and audio editing.
Digital Multi-track Recorder Types
Several types of multi-track recorders are available, including small-format workstations, large-format workstations, and portable digital audio recorders.
Small-format workstations can record up to eight tracks, and have a compact design for convenient everyday carry. They're perfect for recording song demos and for basic audio processing.
Large-format workstations are ideal for professional recording. They're good alternatives to pro audio cassette recorders and players, as they offer a simple, reliable, and console-like operation. Most of these recorders have powerful audio editing features, and can connect to external processors such as EQs and compressors, just like digital mixers.
Portable audio digital recorders can also act as multi-track recorders. With their small and ergonomic design, you can use them for field recording, concerts, interviews, and more.
What to Look for in a Digital Multi-Track Recorder
One of the main things to consider when shopping for a multi-track recorder is the number of tracks it'll be able to record. All these digital MP3 recorders have a preset number that they can record, from two tracks up to 64. You may also want to check the export functions of the recorders, especially if you're planning to do additional mixing/editing on DAW programs, or you intend to use optical media duplicators and printers. Most models come with SD and USB audio interfaces as well as Bluetooth connectivity. For the best mixing capabilities, shop for a multi-track recorder that has all the audio effects you want, since you can't add plugins.