My husband has written his own songs for years, since he initially taught himself to play guitar, and each year I buy him notebooks etc so that he will record his songs - all to no avail! This year though, I remembered that an ex boyfriend had an 8 track studio and thought this might be the answer, so bought it for Birthday and Christmas. My husband loves gadgetry in any case (although never reads instructions!) and it only took him a short while to get to grips with using this product. He has now recorded a number of songs and the quality of playback and the inbuilt drum machine are brilliant. I would definately recommend this product, he loves it to bits and me for buying it (:D) and he uses it in all his spare time, I would only say don't get one for your partner/husband/self if you are in the first flush of a new relationship because you won't see anything of the person it's been bought for!