I hope this is the right place to post this. Anyways, I'm just looking for some recommendations of recording gear. I need a recording device that I can use to record myself playing bass for practice and possibly audtion purposes, as well as recording a choir. I'm a composer/arranger as well as a bass player and need some live recordings of one of my pieces, and look to do more of this in the future. I'm looking for something of very high quality. Easy portability isn't a problem, I just need to be able to get it places. So, I've heard good things about the EDIROL R-09 WAVE / MP3 Recorder and Player, but the fact that the mics are built in kind of scare me away from it. I would like something that I could possibly plug somewhere around 4 mics into. So a 4 track recorder would be another option for me. Also, what is the common medium of recording? I know MP3 would cause a loss of quality, but what about minidiscs, or a DAT tape (disks?). I don't know too much on the subject. As of right now, I'm thinking of looking into 4 track recorders, because those seem to have the most fuctionality and versitility. Also, what mics would be good to use for choral and instrumental recordings? Like I said, I'm looking to buy 4, so I can mix and match a bit. Thank you so much in advance!