Hi all, I'm in the process of getting the big picture together of what I would need for a home studio. I'm sure you all get this type of question all the time so I tried to break it down and give you specifics of what I'm asking. I would like to have the ability to record live, and still edit afterward, none of that one-track-at-a-time crap. So my first question is why isn't it common to use an audio interface to simply plug all mics and instruments into? Most interfaces have a max of 8 inputs....and if I am miking a drumset that would be nearly the only thing possible using just the interface. So I guess the more common way (still using an interface) is to have a multi channel preamp to consolidate all the drums into one analog line, correct? Ok if thats correct doesn't that preamp consolidation business take away the ability to eq each drum mic post recording? And my next question was going to be why not just have a mixer (cause they can have the preamps built in) and screw the whole preamp/interface combo? Just plug the analog mixer into your soundcard and viola - live recording. My answer would be because you again lose the ability to edit each channel post recording. In a nutshell (im sure you techies could find a thousand errors) is this about right? Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this and gimme some advice!!