As an old school singer/songwriter, I'd grown tired of wrestling with recording to a computer via an interface and wanted a quicker, more intuitive and, yes, old fashioned way of getting my songs recorded. This unit fits the bill for me. I like knobs and faders as opposed to a mouse, and scrolling through screens is kept to a bare minimum with the Model 16. The machine has its quirks, mostly due to being a mixer first and a recorder second, but nothing I can't get used to. Sound quality is very good, and 2 channels have insert points if you wish to use an outboard preamp or effects. And if you want to use it as a computer interface, it does that too (haven't tried that yet). It has its limitations, but for an old geezer like me it feels natural and delivers just what I need.