I MUST recommend the ZOOM MSR-8. I am totally freaking out! Just bought it 2 days ago at American Musical Supply, it arrived yesterday and thus far this has been my best recording investment in about 10 years. My experience: Started with a 4 track Tascam when they were just invented. Did lots of recording on that. Graduated to one of the first computer based sequencers when they came into existence - Cubase for windows (hard disk recording didn't exist yet). Then spent a little fortune (around $5000) on one of the first hard disk recorders. Session 8. It was great, but became obsolete in about 3 years and I couldn't replace my scuzzy drive with another compatible one - I literally threw the whole thing in the garbage. It was worthless and useless. Decided I needed a compact digital studio and bought a KORG D16. After 6 months of getting dizzy with the owners manual, it sat on my desk for the next 2 years. I was terrified to go near it because there were 16,000 menus, tons of addendums to the owners manual, and... arrrgh!!! It was a horror to try and figure out. Instructions would assume you knew steps 1, 2 and 3 and would jump to step 4 without telling you that you needed to do the other stuff first. I sold it. Got Nuendo and an M-audio soundcard. Have a latency problem that I can't fix for crap, plus as great a program as nuendo it - if you're a musician and not an engineer, yer screwed. I took one more chance - with the ZOOM above. I've only been using it a day. It has a fully programmable built in drum machine with way better sounds than the Korg, it's 24 bit, it's easy to use, the manual makes sense. The effects are astounding and have an unbelievable amount of control - the presets are all incredibly usable and they've already inspired some neat stuff. This little thing is a steal! 3 payments of $116. I have to buy an adapter to hook it up to my computer still (about $12), but once I do - if my excitement keeps up I'll post some stuff. Taking off work tomorrow to have some fun. I'll write more as I grow with this thing if anyone seems interested at all.