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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19 Visitor comments
inorganic
December 16, 2012 @ 6:25 pm
the multitrak does still sound great, i use one all the time
Jonathan
December 14, 2012 @ 10:23 am
VintageSynth database makes me laugh all the time :-)
Especially comments like that: "and to this day, it still sounds great!"

My opinion is that they need to reconsider reviewing their articles !!
Rafael Marfil
November 22, 2012 @ 1:44 pm
MAX, SixTrak, MultiTrak and Split-8, all use the exact same chip for VCO-VCF-VCA. It is called CEM3394. The SixTrak does NOT share the VCF chip with the Prophet 5.
twitter _GodSons
October 9, 2012 @ 2:02 am
@Vince

Interesting, I think they sound almost identical. I do wish the envelope was a bit snappier. Overall MultiTrak is much better.
Vince
October 5, 2012 @ 7:10 pm
The MultiTrak uses filters from Fatari from Italy (Fatar ?) where the SixTrak uses the same as the Prophet 5! Hence the huge difference in sound...
 
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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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