Back in the old days, if you wanted to record your Bruce-Springstein-esque yowlings in the comfort of your bedroom you had to use an old Tascam four track and slap down the music at a quality that was questionable at best.
Now, with the advent of micro-recorders like the Boss Micro BR BR-80, you can sound like a pro without much assistance. The device records to SD/SDHC and supports full eight-track recording, effects, as well as playback control so you can play along with your favorite records. You can also use this as an effects unit when connected to a PC or Mac via USB. It also includes a small condenser mic for recording quick audio sketches.
The device costs $290 and is available now.