I wish to build my next DAW using a laptop in conjunction with a firewire multitrack recorder. Has anybody gone down this route, and could you tell me what I should be on the lookout for? I need to be able to record 8 tracks simultaneously as well as use this for midi production with soft synths. What type of processor, hard drive speed, display, ram, etc, should I be on the lookout for? Are any laptops more rugged than others? Are there any particular models or brands anybody prefers for laptops? Any tips, tricks or stories from the road appreciated as well. Thanks!