The 10 Best Multitrack Recorders

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Whether you're looking to lay down some tracks with your band in the garage or pick up the quiet voices of actors on a film set, you're going to want a high-quality, multitrack recorder. The models on our list are designed with one of those two purposes in mind, and we've ranked them by their audio fidelity, available effects, data storage capacity, and durability. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best multitrack recorder on Amazon.

10. Tascam DP-008EX 8-Track

9. Marantz Professional PMD-706

8. Roland Digital HS-5

7. Zoom F4

6. Zoom LiveTrak L-12

5. Tascam DP 32-Track

4. Zoom F8N Field

3. Tascam Model 24

2. Zoom H4N Pro

1. Sound Devices MixPre-10T Portable

Editor's Notes

March 07, 2019:

While the sheer number of channels and effects was a primary factor in the initial layout of this selection, certain models rose above their mere capacity by offering things like portability and a high signal to noise ratio. Both of those things are what skyrocketed the Zoom H4N toward the top of the list, in addition to the fact that it's one of the most commonly used audio recorders on low budget film sets. Our top pick is also oriented toward film and field applications, and it offers the best sound quality of the bunch. Among console-style options, Tascam creates a lot of great devices, but their Model 24 marries a deep, hands-on interface with vintage styling and incredible flexibility.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on March 08, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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