I'm looking into getting started on recording. I will be recording my band(Von Tango) and some of my own personal songs. I'm really not sure where to start. I've had my eye on a nice little tape recorder for awhile now. The one I've been looking at is a TASCAM Portastudio 414mkII($375). It seems pretty simple. Plug in, play record repeat. Then you have your song on a Tape. Then I started to look at digital recording. Mostly been looking at the Fostex MR-8 8-Track Digital Recorder(429). I don't get how it works tho. When I was looking at that. I found a TASCAM DP-01FX/CD 8-Track Hard Disk Recorder with CD Burner. I guess you record and can burn all in one. The thing is I don't have access to a computer. Well I have a good computer, but my family doesn't want all my bass and guitar gear down stairs taking up all the room. So I'm basicaly looking for a portable, bass/guitar/drum/vocal recorder. That I don't need a computer to use. So I can simply record in my room and in my drummers base ment. Is there anything that is a singal unit that can be hooked up to a computer if needed? Price would be what a young high school student who spends his time playing music and not working price range. I personaly have note book after note book, of ideas that need to be herd and I need something that will let me share.