I found the course to be very helpful. I'm new to home recording and the owner's manual that came with the 1200 wasn't all that clear in some cases. This dvd explained at lot of stuff the paper manual doesn't cover or doesn't cover well. The only negative would be that the dvd went through some material a bit quickly, but with the combination of the two, I'm sure I can do what I want with the 1200. It's one cool machine!