Hi, I am a beginner bass player and getting a lot out of the forums here. My son , now in college, has been playing guitar for 8 years and is quite dedicated. He asked for a 8 track recorder for Christmas. I have done a lot of searching on the internet and have two units in mind. They are the DP-01 and the Zoom mrs8..both priced at $300. I think he mainly wants to record his own stuff and perhaps some music with his buddies. The Zoom unit has a builtin drum machine that to me would make recording his stuff much easier. It does not apear as the DP-01 has any drum machine. Again, I am a beginner and this is all new to me. I sure would like some asggestions as to which wat to go and is the drum machine really important.