Hi guys. In the very near future I'm gonna finally break the chain and get a Digital Audio Workstation. (yay) Its all going to be on a shoelace beginning which is fine since I'm going to have to school myself in this platform. Which ever its going to be. As you may remember , I won the Sonor8 Producer software a while back. However it only runs on a PC. I'm getting a machine second hand but its a good one. Not the latest but still a very powerful Mac. G5 dual core, Leopard OS 4mgs ram and a big assed HD. Firewired and ready to go. So heres my plan. Please shoot holes in it or whatever so I can get my direction together for this. I have a complete analog studio based around a Soundcraft Ghost into an Alesis HD24. Some outboard, patchable easily....etc etc. I want a Hybrid setup. I dont have much money....From the looks of it, I can use the converters in my HD24 and thus the inputs as they are from all my gear if I use the optical in/outs on the Alesis and an interface such as a Motu 2408. It has three sets of opticals and looks to be a thru-put matchup to the computer from all my junk. I think......So....??? My goal is to increase track count, edit easily, and probably mix ITB until I can get a surface. I have mixed projects in PT HD and I like it but am aware there are other things that may suit the situation better. But then theres the cross-platform thing.....I want to be able to take my projects to other, better rooms, and most are PT based around here.....So....? Assuming that I'm not crazy and can hook this up like I think I can. I need at least 16 tracks at a time due to the high count on the drums.....always 10 plus....more if I can get em....AND I want the analog front end.....which I already have... The 2408 is 8X24 analog but I'd be using the lightpipe ADAT on the Alesis....which the Motu apparently sees correctly...... So...?? Okay. Help me. Opinions. Real life experience. ETCETC No bashing allowed.