Excerpt: About the only thing music production and portability share in common are the letter ‘p’. That is, unless you find yourself equipped with the new Zoom R8 ($299) . The 8-track portable controller takes Zoom’s renown on-the-go audio capture capabilities and meshes it with an all-new controller capable of 2-track simultaneous recording via its built-in mics or external inputs to an included 2GB SD card (up to 32GB via a SDHC slot).
Summary: The R8 is a very handy all-rounder. It packs in a lot of features but remains small and light and costs very little. It represents a great entry-level product for anyone starting out in recording and production, and will also attract musicians who want a portable device which will do a whole range of jobs in a variety of situations.
Pros: Affordable., Portable., Versatile., Decent effects and drum sounds., Well-built, especially for a budget device with so many features., Impressive recording quality for the price.
Cons: Can't compete with a dedicated control surface., Rhythm sequencer and sampler don't have dedicated tracks., Hardly any audio editing tools and no automation., As a controller/interface, may not work with every setup.