If you haven't played with any of the Pocket Operators, have no fear. It is very easy pick up and start making loops and patterns. It's compact, built well, and the sound sampling is fantastic. Is it a complete production pocket machine? No. Can it help you be creative with its limitations? Yes. While I haven't tried out the sound transferring which is unique to this Operator, the option is there. Syncing this with some other Pocket Operators can yield some very cool results. I would definitely recommend the CA-X case to go along with this too. This little guy is definitely one of my desert island items now!