I'm looking into branching out into doing more mobile recordings, both to help w/ the overhead at the studio and because I have had more demand for it. Here are a few criteria: 1. Primary use will be for recording school bands/choirs/orchestras. Mainly stereo pair, though I am willing to explore other methods. 2. I will need the ability to do multi-track up to 16 channels. It's a pain w/ all the mics, stands, and cables, but this is where the demand exists. 3. I will need a new interface or recording device. Due to recent problems w/ my RME's firewire card, it's not leaving the studio rack anymore. I'm also highly unlikely to unrack my better preamps, so the device must provide a minimum of 8 channels of pres. 4. My new laptop, to my chagrin, has no firewire port. It's a powerful audio machine, but only has USB and eSata connectivity. This plays heavily into #3. 5. Budget is undetermined. I already have all the mics and accessories I need, I am mainly interested in interface/preamps. So, I am looking at three options, really: A) A USB interface that provides 8 channels of preamps and the option for ADAT in B) A firewire interface and some sort of Firewire/USB hub C) HD recorder and multichannel preamp I'm not asking anyone to do my homework. I do want your opinions on devices that meet my criteria and (likely) fall under the three options above. In the end, I'd like to go the route of (C), but the money spent on the new laptop (I needed one anyways, and thought I'd build it to handle multi-track recording/mixing) dictates I also examine other options. I am asking you to help me get a better handle on the options out there, at which point I'm ready to run with that and do the grunt work to make the right decisions for me.