MD8 is a relatively inexpensive mini
for the budget-minded musician
. It features 8 tracks
on a data MiniDisc
, and it is digitally recorded
. You can record 8 simultaneous
tracks, individual tracks, or ping-pong
tracks down to one or more, which would allow you to record more music over it, like adding background vocals
to a session
Because the recording is digital, you can get precise editing of tracks, fast searching and location of sections, and quick punch in/out using a footswitch with up to 99 takes. A large jog/shuttle wheel and a bright flourescent display help to navigate through the features swiftly. The MD8 also features MIDI in/out/thru jacks along with balanced and unbalanced inputs.
For the really budget-minded musicians, Yamaha also made an MD4, which recorded four simultaneous tracks.