I've been recording my band for a while now using my lounge as a studio, but that's caused some serious compromises - we've had to use an electronic drum kit and DI our guitars due to noise issues. I've nothing against recording this way, but it really doesn't suit our style of music, hence we've never been happy with our recorded sound. Now we've finally got ourselves a permanent rehearsal space, I'm pretty excited about experimenting with some "proper" recording. I'm going to need to purchase a fair bit of new equipment (as well as learning a lot of new skills) so I could use some advice. I've got a fairly limited budget - I'm hoping to spend up to £1000 for the moment, but I can maybe stretch to more if needs be. My current recording kit consists of a PC running DAW software, an M-Audio Delta 1010 (8 inputs) and an old Allen & Heath GS1 mixer (8 channel). I've also got a couple of Joemeeks (VC3Q and VC6Q) kicking around that I can use for mic pres. I figure a 16 channel setup will be just about right for us, with at least 12 of the channels needing mic pres. I've been offered a second Delta 1010 and a Behringer 8 channel mixer pretty cheaply by a friend, so that's one option for expansion. But I'm not sure whether I'd be better off going for a dedicated multi-channel mic pre (possibly with an audio interface combined) or maybe selling my current mixer and buying something bigger. I'm wondering if I need a mixer at all, or whether it's overkill. I really just need some way of amplifying 12 or 16 mics and getting the signal recorded - I'm comfortable doing all the real mixing work in the DAW. So what I'm wondering is, am I better cobbling together a setup from the aforementioned equipment, or am I likely to regret this later? Should I be considering a different setup entirely, even if it costs a bit more money? If you were trying to put together a 16 channel setup from scratch on this kind of budget, what gear you be looking at? Incidentally, I realise that choice of microphones will be a major factor, but I'm just looking to sort the recording side of things out first - one step at a time! Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.