Sequential Circuits MultiTrak

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Sequential's MultiTrak had everything - for its time - and to this day, it still sounds great! During the era of the Roland Juno synths, Sequential overhauled their programmable little SixTrak analog sequencer synthesizer and came up with the MultiTrak. It's a six voice analog synth with sophisticated filters, envelopes, modulation capabilities and built-in sequencing.

As was the developing trend around this time in the mid-eighties, programming was being streamlined into using the buttons on the matrix keypad to assign parameters to a rotary knob. (The only dedicated knobs are for sequencer volume and speed, chorus depth and rate, master tune and volume.) There are 99 memory patches for your analog sound creations. It also features a nice arpeggiator with hold and transpose functions. But lying at its heart is a sophisticated (for 1985) onboard sequencer. It could store up to four polyphonic sequences with a metronome, 1600 note memory, an overdubbing mode and quantizing (autocorrect) functions, individual track volume and speed controls. Sequences could be chained together and patches could be changed on the fly. Sequences are recorded in real-time (no step-time modes here).

Additional features include MIDI in/out, six separate audio ouptuts (one for each voice) and a stereo output, built-in stereo chorus effect and a 5-octave keyboard with velocity sensitivity and split/layer modes (layer up to six different patch sounds onto one note). With an original list price of about $1,500, these days they can be found closer to $300 - a great bargain for classic Sequential sounds with onboard sequencing and patch memory.

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20 Visitor comments
peter
July 28, 2014 @ 3:50 pm
Here's a quick little demo I did with my Multi-Trak. I added some reverb and delay, but all the sounds are from the MT. It's a great sounding and very powerful synth.

https://soundcloud.com/peter-bregman/the-maillard-reaction
synth-freak
March 1, 2014 @ 2:26 pm
One of the best real analogs ever. Sweet and organic sound. When I bought it I already had a Prophet 600. I sold the Prophet as MultiTrak has sharper sound.

It has some real magic power inside.
Find one and buy it before it's too late :-)
Peter
January 15, 2014 @ 9:59 am
This is a great synth. I've been recording and gigging with it for about six months now, and it's been awesome. There are so many sounds in this little beast. It can be a little harsh at times, and the filter does sound stepped (that's MIDI implementation for you), but it's an amazing synth for organic sounding pads and very playable "rhythm" patches. There are quirks with the cassette-loading of patches, and every once in a while the tuning will drift significantly, but it's definitely worth owning anyway. I'd rather have this than a Juno any day.
alex
November 13, 2013 @ 5:08 pm
i find a broken multitrak in the garbadge and spend a lot of time to restore this cool synth.
now this is the buddy for my juno-60, sounds sharper then the juno, but together a realy sweet dreamteam :-)
definitiv a underrated synthesizer!
a little ask at the end: is it possible to sync the arpeggiator with triggers?
Connor
May 8, 2013 @ 1:38 am
Just checked this out and I'm pretty impressed, this seems like a sophisticated machine. Drum machine, sequencer, fully analog with a very nice and rich sound. I may have to pick one of these up... if I ever find one.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - One VCO per voice. Saw / tri / pwm / noise with Tuning and glide
  • LFO - One LFO with square / triangle / depth / rate
  • Filter - cutoff, resonance and key follow + ADSR.
  • VCA - Three ADSRs per voice
  • Memory - 99 patches
  • Effects - Stereo chorus
  • Keyboard - 61 note, velocity sensitive with split/stack settings
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator (up/down) / 1600 note sequencer with quantize and overdub.
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT, Sync pulse IN/OUT
  • Date Produced - 1985
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Synthony.

    Review updated October 2010

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