I have some questions about the ADAT. First off...what exactly is the optical in and outs for? I have them on my sound card. Secondly....if i were to record drum tracks on an 8 track Adat machine how would i transfer them to my pc? I'm sure i need a firewire port but i think i'm curious as to how u convert the tracks to the pc insync with each other. right now i have an analog 8 track machine and i transfer the tracks one at a time and then i go in and cut all the tracks so they are all in time with each other. Let me know what u guys do and what systems u have. for a recording program i'm using adobe audtion. It's a great program i think.