Portable Workstations

October 20, 2005

Korg D4

Korg D4

A 4-track powerhouse with XLR and 1/4" inputs, amp/cab models, drum grooves, and multi effects—all housed in a box that’ll fit in a sandwich bag. $399 retail/$349 street. korg.com


Boss BR-900CD


Boss BR-900CD

Eight tracks, amp models, drum patterns, effects, pitch correction, USB, and a CD-RW drive make this a winner if you want to burn rough mixes for your band after each session. $799 retail/ $695 street. bossus.com


Tascam DP-01FX


Tascam DP-01FX

Two XLR inputs with phantom power allow easy use of condenser mics, eight tracks, effects, and USB for transferring mobile sessions to a computer workstation. $649 retail/$499 street. tascam.com


Zoom PS-04


Zoom PS-04

Pop this 4-track mini in a coat pocket, use the built-in mic to track basics (or use the onboard drum machine), and plug in for overdubs (with effects). $359 retail/$199 street. samsontech.com


Fostex VF80EX

Fostex VF80EX

Mastering tools, a CD-RW drive, an XLR input with phantom power, effects, and amp models pump up this compact 8-tracker. $899 retail/ $599 street. fostex.com


Yamaha AW1600

Yamaha AW1600

Great for tracking bands, this eight-input (all with phantom power) 16-track deck offers effects (including pitch correction), USB, and a CD-RW drive. $1,499 retail/$1,099 street. yamaha.com

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