I'm curious who besides me and Ferris is reading here. I bought my HDR2496 in early march. I'm using it primarily as a "tape replacement" altho I actually upgraded from a piar of VS1680s which I locked together. Plan is to take my studio from expensive hobby to a business this summer. I am using the analog I/O cards which surprised me quite pleasantly, since I'd read that they were "brittle crap" and other such slurs. Maybe I mixed live sound too long, but they sound great to me compared to the 1680's analog stage. I'm mixing on a DDA DMR12 56 input desk. So far I've had 3 different singer/songwriters in, so I haven't really put the HDR through it's paces yet, altho I did do some minor editing and the envolope tool is a good "poor man's automation" I'm spending a lot of time fitting edac connectors up between the desk and the HDR's rack, so I can retain the portability I had with the 1680. Portabality seems to be an advantage in this part of the country. Who else is here and how are you using this wonder box. I've posted this URL on groups.yahoo.com's hdr2496 group and at the VSplanet wher I know there are other users. Hopefully we'll get to critical mass here soon.