Participant is not a 8 track recorder, it’s a 2 track recorder that can capture up to 8 tracks but only 2 at a time. it is useless for video use.

this one is a 4 track recorder but still i would not use it for video, plus this unit requires it to be plugged into a wall.

Just starting out the audio on your cam will work just fine, later when you make some money you can add a backup audio device, still you will not need more tracks then is on your camera. I use the M Audio Micro Track II If you plan on recording bands a lot, that will cost you a few grand. Your want a cam with Genlock and a muti-track system with genlock so that you can sync the audio and video.

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