The BOSS BR-800 is s compact but powerful 8 track recorder, and easy to learn. To record, you simply 'arm' a track, chose a COSM guitar/bass effect, a drum pattern and record. The BR-800 uses a SD card for recording and will accept up to a 32GB SD cards, this translate into hours of recording. I have a 4GB SD card and have recorded over 30 songs, and still mucho recording left on the card. If you find that you're running out of record time, than simply transfer /back-up the tracks via USB or the free BOSS Wave Convertor software (that's what I use). The BR-800 comes bundled with SONAR LE, once loaded on your computer; you can use the BR-800 as an external audio device or DAW control surface. I could go on & on, but the bottom line is that you'll spend more time recording, and less time trying to learn to record.