I just started a thread here about the problems with my Tascam US-1800 which has 10+ recording channels ... but I can't for the life of me get any channels besides 1 and 2 recognized by my DAW (Ableton 8). I have two main goals in mind for recording: recording my own acoustic stuff (obviously only need one or two channels), and recording for my band (which is what I had in mind for the Tascam). I'll need to record guitars, bass, acoustic drums, keys and vocals, and it would be NICE if we could do at least some of that at the same time. The drums alone will require...what, 3 or 4 mics? I knew the Tascam US-1800 might not be the highest quality sound I could get, but I didn't think it would be IMPOSSIBLE to use for the purpose I bought it for (recording several channels at once). If I have to buy something else because this will never work, I'd like to get the right one next time. So what would you recommend for an interface with a few channels? My laptop has USB 2.0 and 3.0 as well as a Firewire port, and I can probably spend around $500. I'm not made of money, but if I have to spend a bit more this time it would be better than throwing $300 away like I may have on this dumb Tascam. Also, what would you recommend for a good single channel interface in case I can only afford that route for now? Thanks guys! Your help and suggestions are very much appreciated.