Hi. So I took up a black friday deal and got a good core i7 laptop for cheap. Unfortunately all laptops now have 3.0 usb and no firewire possibilities, which makes my bandmates nice focusrite sapphire useless to me. I still have a 2 channel emu 2.0 interface that's working well for my midi triggering vst's and 2 channel recording. I would like to have multi channel for live drums. It seems there isn't 3.0 multi channel interfaces coming out anytime soon. The best 2.0 usb deal i saw was the tascam 1600, (under $300!). I noticed the big improvement in 24 bit recording on our last projects. So here's my questions. Will the tascam perform well mutitracking in 24 bit 96khz? Could I eventually chain 2 together if i wanted more channels? Would It be more advantageous to get a usb 3.0 flash card reader and record, mix, and store projects onto flash cards instead of a 3.0 hard drive? Would flash cards have a faster data transfer, and be more stable (you can drop a flash card on the floor, no worries)than a 3.0 external hd? If usb 3.0 interfaces come out, would you be able to record in 32 bit?(sonar gives that option) Thanks in advance to anyone that could answer my questions and help me stratagize on how to move forward down the right road on my mobile studio.