I am building a new studio with some partners and they put me in charge of the DAW and overall recording set-up. I have decided that I want to run Cubase 4 (since I know it in and out) on a custom built PC. There are many more details, but I don't think I need to list out the whole thing for my question. I do not want to run a console. I think the money and space could be better used elsewhere as I am on a $40k budget for all of the recording equipment. Unless I bought a digital console with motorized faders on 48 channels, I would only be using it as a pre-recording mixer for the mic-pres. I have no problem buying a big, flat-screen wall monitor to mix in Cubase with. I want to have preamp units running 48 simultaneous inputs (if I run an ADAT setup: 24 at 88.2k, 12 at 192k). I know about running ADAT because it is what I have done for the past five years at my home studio. But with running so many inputs, what pro quality options do I have to run the signals into my PC? I think it would be ridiculous to build six firewire inputs into the PC and run six Mackie Onyx-8's (would it?). I know a good deal about pro/con-sumer gear, but little about pro gear. I am looking for clean, high-quality preamps/interface that will convey a transparent signal to the PC. Thanks so much everyone! If there is anything I need to clarify, please let me know ASAP.