OK guys, I know a lot when it comes to recording, but I'm not a bytehead or a tech guy so I'm not sure of the answer to this (I do have my assumptions though) but here it goes: Say I am working with some 44/24 audio files in .wav format. Ideally I would like to be able to put these files on my firewire hard drive and connect the drive to my laptop and do some mixing on-the-go while I'm out and about. Just basic stuff like getting things phase aligned and editing crossfades and what not. Using headphones for that. I'll save EQ'ing and stuff for the real DAW and monitors. Anyways...when I do this and I load up Sonar on the laptop it says that my sound card can only do 16 bit quality. Now what I want to know is how bad is this? Am I sacrificing a lot? I know 24 has more headroom and dynamic range but If the tracking was done in 24 and now is being loaded into the laptop at 16 what is happening to the audio here? Is there any way I could arrange and edit some fades and stuff in the laptop and then save it and be able to recall those edits in my DAW in 24 bit or will there be serious loss of quality here? Please tell me as much detail about this as possible. I'm kind of in the dark on this one. Thanks guys.