I really like the idea of having a recorder like this or a tascam, but I am not confident in my panning/mixing abilities at all, and I wouldn't want to "commit" to a stereo recording. But I would love to have the portability of this rather then taking around my desktop. I guess I am just paranoid I will ruin recordings, and panning is alot easier then I think. If you planned on using 4 mics I guess you would also need to invest in a good mixer? Or does everyone pretty much only use these for doing stereo pair recordings where mixing isn't a factor?