Hi, I am planning on buying a macbook pro soon, likely 17inch, upgrading to 7200 RPM, and maybe the 4 gigs of Ram option. Eventually I'd like to be able to do some portable multitrack recording on it. I was reading up on tweaks guide and lots of other things I could find on the net. I have a question regarding the Motu 828MKII 24/96 Audio Interface. First of all I probably misunderstand some of the specs, I'm pretty new to this digital recording stuff, other than some experiments with Cool Edit Pro and a Soundblaster card a few years back, and some others with a Roland VS 880. Anyway the Motu 828 I was looking at is here. http://www.zzounds.com/item--MTU828MKII I'm a little confused about the number of inputs and what I can do with them. It says it's a 20 input machine, but I only see 8 on the picture that look like I can put mics into them. I'm a drummer and might want to mic up a full kit and a live band and do multitrack recording at some point. I could do that with 8 inputs and a small number of musicians if I only used BD / Snare and 2 overheads, but what if I wanted to use more drum mikes and more musicians? From what I read the other inputs are probably midi things and I really don't know much about that. If I can't put more mics than 8 in do they offer the same kind of interface with maybe 16 or more inputs? I did read you can buy two or three and daisy chain them. I'm also open to something from another brand, this was just the one that Tweak seemed to reccomend. Any words of wisdom? Also I'll probably start off using Garage band, and when I have more money upgrade to Logic, as I heard Pro Tools is really expensive, so I'd like something that is compatible with both. If there is something that does what I need but is compatible with all three that's a good bonus I guess?