Admin Post Tonight I did a test recording with my new Zoom R8. The project was nothing to brag about, just a 12 bar Blues to test the onboard drums and multi-tracking. I am very impressed by how straightforward this process was. I am not at all versed in using this unit and was operating the R8 with one hand, holding the manual with one hand and playing the instruments with my other two hands , but this this is dead simple to use. It’s roughly the size of a 9.7” iPad, albeit about 4x as thick. I ran this on two AA cells, which means that you can use this without being tethered to a power supply. I did the entire project from an easy chair. Probably the most important part, to me, was that the built-in rhythm function was so simple to use. When I had my Boss BR-800, the “Rhythm Guide” took all of the fun out of it. Even if the drum machine will never be heard on the final recording, I like to use it as a way “bootstrap” my way into a recording, where a proper drum part can be overdubbed later. To me, the utility of a recorder is compromised if you have to program a drum track up front. When I have an idea, I want to lay it down now, and not interrupt the creative process with a bunch of programming. So, I would make the preliminary statement that this is a pretty decent way to make simple multitrack recordings. Now, I must point out that I have not exported any projects as of yet, and that could prove to be a sticking point, if the process is not to my liking. Time will tell.