After taking a begining recording techniques class at Long Beach City College(which has an amazing recording engineer program), I've come to the conclusion that I'm going to sell my T.V. and my playstation 2(they've been collecting dust for months now anyways) so that I can invest in a basic recording rig. My budget is set at $500. All of the work for my class that I've done so far has been on a Tascam 488 mkII, which I've really liked so far, but I've really been tempted to go digital. So far I've been trying to decide between the Tascam 424 mkIII, or the Fostex MR8. Any other recommendations or input would be greatly appriciated.