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    I don't think you'll be disappointed and......as you mentioned......the value of getting a stand-alone......an AI and a Controller (if you ever go the DAW route) is outstanding. The pre's are very good IMO and the unit is very portable..........can run on batteries and is loaded with excellent track effects and mastering effects.....and like the Tascam you have.......has two built in condenser mics. Those are decent but are not as good as an external mic. Phantom power and a whole range of other features really make this unit easy to use. If I had to give a negative on anything it would be that the display is a tad bit small.........but is not really much of an issue. The current Sweetwater price is a 23% drop in price. Just my 2 cents of course.

    EDIT.....another thought. A friend has the Zoom R24. Same idea.....24 tracks....and same effects...etc......but includes a pretty neat programmable drum machine if that interests you at all. Can be purchased new for around $100 more than the R16 and can be found on Ebay for a lot less. You get more tracks and a drum machine. Decent deal IMO.
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    Hopefully simple to use out of the box . ? The dp008 is pretty intuitive and simple . I'm the easiest person in the world to get phased by technology . E.g.. say I want to plug the keyboard into 2 quarter inch inputs. set level. pan left and right . No Effects . Record on track one and two . I'm good to go with that ?

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    Yes.......you could do that easily. Turn the unit on.....plug in the two inputs. Set track to record by pushing a button. Red track light comes on. Push Pan / EQ button on main panel upper right. Select Pan. Turn large knob on panel lower right and adjust pan for each track. So.....what I described is not in 100% detail but is basically what you'd do. The unit comes with a "Quick Start" guide which I'm guessing you can download prior to purchase.

    You seem to have gotten along with the Tascam and as far as I can tell the Tascam has a dedicated pan knob for each track. That might be the main difference in that you'd go into a menu to pan on the Zoom. Easy peasy though.....really. Watch some YouTube videos for the Zoom and read the reviews. It is a very widely sold unit and is very popular. Many people have used it as their introduction to digital recording.......so.......the methodology the Zoom uses couldn't be terribly complicated or it wouldn't be so popular.

    I know you're adverse to using a DAW and I can understand that if you consider yourself to have a technology phobia or dislike or general inability to soak in stuff like that.........fear not......I was exactly the same way at one time. And to be honest........I was one of those people who only liked what I could figure out without reading the full manual. I suspect you may be like that too. So...I promise you.....just start with the Quick Start guide and you'll be in business.
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    Sold. Not least because I've just finally figured out I can't actually sing . So spare tracks and take the best of .

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    Yup.......just keep doing vocal tracks and use the parts that work best. Maybe you need the Zoom R24.......even more tracks to use.
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    Somethings going on . I did this one line near the end last night (double track vocal ) and it was pretty good . Can't remember what I did but I think I muted the first one . I'm beginning to suspect that I'm getting pitching errors somehow by listening along to the primary vocal . Anyway I'm kinda of hoping that r24 may be a bit overkill for my needs . R16 is a definite likely move

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    As I recall I think you're hesitant to post any of your results. We understand that for sure. Listen......we're not going to ridicule you for ANYTHING you try to do. The entire purpose of this forum is to help out everyone by bringing together lots of people with all kinds of experiences and all kinds of knowledge so they can, hopefully, shorten the learning curve....not only for novices.....but for others who also have lots of experience. No one knows it all......but together......we know a lot. So.......what I'm saying is.....take the leap if you want to. If we can give you 5 ideas that might have taken you 5 years to figure out on your own.......then why the heck not?

    As for the R24.....have one more consideration before you go with the R16. Remember when you were sure the 8 track Tascam was pretty much all you needed? So 16 tracks looks like a lot right now.........but..........what if you want to throw in one bar of something here and 4 bars of something there and use 5 tracks to record one vocal so you have all the takes you need? Or how about harmonies or added percussion elements.....etc....etc? It's not always about how many tracks your mix will end up with......it's about how many tracks you need to get there. And remember........the R24 also comes with a drum machine. Can't hurt to have that. Yes....it's likely $100 more right now.......but think about it carefully. Just sayin'. Been there myself.
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