Just wanted to put up this post. I just bought a used VF-08. Haven't done much with it yet. I know in some people's eyes, it may not be the best thing to get, but I think I did good in getting it. I got it for about the price of an analog four track. $280 USD, so I can't complain. I really wanted to get one of the Rolands, since I get there product magazine every three months or so, and they've got me sold on the quality of there product. However, the Roland doesn't come with phantom power, or mic pres for that matter. The Fostex doesn't use any compression to store the audio, and it is smaller. I bought it, so I don't have to rely on my computer for everything, and because it is portable. I will probably use it to track the various groups that I play and sing with, and since this is usually done away from my house, the portability thing is really nice. So anyway, just wanted to let someone know I got it.......now if I could only learn how to sing.