There's a music event next week that I have to record, and I was hoping to get some advice. There will be about 10-12 channels (3 vocals, guitarist, percussion, and a few other instruments), and we are using a Mackie Onyx 1640i which has a Firewire interface. I have a Dell Precision 6600 PC laptop (8 GB, Quad Core i7, approx 150GB free space), and I'll be using Mixcraft 6 as my DAW. Few questions with my setup: 1. I just need a firewire cable to go from the Mackie to my Dell right, and I should be all set? (I have a firewire port on the PC). I've already installed the PC driver. 2. How much drive space should I prepare for, for about 6 hours of recording (two 3 hours sessions)? I am planning to get an external hard drive for this, any suggestions or does it not matter much which one I get? 3. Any recommended settings (buffer size, bit rate, etc)? I have no idea what these mean, but I know that these settings can affect the quality. 4. Also, wondering how the DAW works...once my firewire is plugged in, how does Mixcraft know to pick up all the 12 different channels? Do I just need to ARM 12 tracks? Is that even possible? Or does it automatically start recording on 12 separate tracks? 5. Anything else I should be aware of? Thanks!