I want a decent portable recording rig. I don't want one of those all-in-one units.... I definitely want to use a laptop (unless you can convince me otherwise). However, I really don't know which route to go. So, help me out... please. I plan on mainly using it to record alternative/indie bands and also acoustic singer/songwriters. The most channels I would need would probably be 8, as I don't see myself tracking everything at once. (presonus firepod)?? So, would one option be to use an external audio interface hooked up to the laptop to record? I mean, I'm sure it's an option...but I've been reading the forums and I still need a little more direction. And what about latency issues? Has anyone used this setup.... a laptop with firepod? Mainly, I just want to do this properly with the least "noise", best budget setup and the most portability. I'm 21, married for two years and a child on the way..... so I'm poor! Cut me some slack, heh! If my laptop isn't top of the line would I be better off going with an external audio interface (HD) that records the information as well, and then transfer over to the laptop for mixing/editing? I apologize if this inquiry jumps all around, I feel like I'm being unclear and vague... but I just need a push in the right direction. Oh yeah, and my budget.... well it's real low. I'm hoping to sell some existing gear (unless you can see it being utilized in the new setup). I have a Fostex MR-8 which new is like $250.00 and a Yamaha MG 10/2 which is new like $100. So together I might get $275ish to put toward my goal. So total I'd like to spend is probably $500-$550. Budget is laughable I know... but I'm not looking for anything super, just something for demo's and what not. I'd like it to be a step up from my Yamaha MG 10/2 mixer, hooked directly up to my line in on my PC and recorded. That whole setup was the computer which was like ($250.00) and the MG 10/2 ($100.00) Anyways... I apologize for rambling. Hope you can help!