Hey i'm currently *planning* on putting together a PA system, but I also want a little setup to lay down some tracks. I'm interested in the Mackie Onyx 1640 because of the obvious. I could use it for my PA and use the firewire card and lay down 16 tracks. But as anyone would be before they are about to spend $1600 i'm a little worried about the durability of this thing. I have yet to see it in person but does anyone think it could take any abuse at all? I'm sure i'd buy Mackie's soft case for it and pamper it, but still. The only gripe I have against it spec wise is theres no inserts on the subgroups!! (so much for using one channel of compression for double kicks) I'm also looking at something like a Behringer MX9000 and a Presonus Firepod. (use the 8 subgroups) Not the best thing in the world but it would work, and if I ever came across the money I could buy 2 MOTU HD192's and have 24 ins and 24 outs. That Behringer mixer has some good reviews, I know most Behringer stuff is out of the pooper, but that seems like the one thing they are making thats half decent. Any opinions? Durability using that thing for live sound? Any mixer I get i'm going to invest in a hard case for it. Would there be any other options for a mixer and something to record with for under $1600? Thanks.