I am a home studio guy and the CIO for my local county government. At work, our Board of Commissioners wants to upgrade their system for recording meetings for transcription at a later date. A vendor is offering some turnkey system with a handful of sm58s, some preamps with autocompressors and a digital recorder. I don't know the specifics yet, but they're looking at several thousand bucks. I have been pulled in recently and my inclination is to put together a system myself. Here are the requirements: 1) Ability to digitally record for up to 8 hours without media change 2) fidelity is not a big concern, enough for clarity. 3) Digital format easily transferable to mp3 formats 4) Playback device with foot controlled pausability. Any thoughts?