Zoom R8

Work outside the studio with the Zoom R8 ($300). Even more compact than a laptop, this fully-featured portable music production unit offers a friendly interface, synchronous recording of 2 tracks and playback of 8 tracks, 8-voice sampler with 8 pads, and control surface functions for most DAW software. The R8 can be powered by an AC adapter, batteries or USB and comes with a built-in drum machine, external inputs, mics, over 150 guitar and studio quality master effects, as well as 500 MB of drum loops from Big Fish Audio so you can create and perform music anywhere.