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Deservedly four stars.
on 23 January 2011
I bought this when it first came out, so there were no reviews available at that time.
I was looking for a portable alternative to Cubase so that I could easily record in any room of the house. I needed on-board effects and a programmable drum machine, both of which are included. There appears to be no other recorder that can do this at this price (there are older recorders but they are extremely limited in the size of memory cards they can accept).
The results are very good.
I have some gripes, though.
I did expect this to be a true 8-track recorder, but, as another reviewer has pointed out, it is not. If a recorder is advertised as 8-track it's not unreasonabe to expect to be able to record to each one separately. This can be overcome slightly by recording extra virtual tracks and exporting the lot to a PC for further editing, but this somewhat defeats the object of this machine.
Bouncing tracks is possible but not explicitly mentioned in the manual.
The touch controls are fiddly to use and are not as responsive as I woud have liked; mechanical ones would have been better.
I'm not too concerned re the lack of on-board editing, but I understand that for some it could be an issue.
The lack of midi does not concern me either, but it would be a massive plus (and price hike, probably).
If this had been a true 8-tracker, I would have given it five stars.
As a portable muti-tracker for the guitarist, it's highly recommended, provided you can live without certain features as mentioned above.