the quick and dirty: i bought my computer system, amd athlon xp 1600 on an abit kr7a-raid motherboard. the other day i went to find a good audio hardware package to get to the recording part and ended up choosing the motu 2408 mkii. i'm sure a lot of other people already know this but the best lessons are often the hardest. motu hates PCs. i know a few specific pc setups will work fabulously with the motu, but suffice it to say mine didn't. never one to give up though, i return the abit motherboard and got an asus a7m266-d. this is the dual processor motherboard i was pining for from the outset. it has the new amd 762 chipset on it. so as many know, motu and many other cards dislike the via chipsets. well guess what? motu also dislikes the amd 762 chipset. your guess is as good as mine. to make a long story even longer, i returned the motu 2408 unit, and replaced it with one geared more towards the PC. the frontier design dakota/tango24. installed flawlessly, and after a bit of toying around, i was recording. something stuck in my gut though.. i had the VST device setup in nuendo as ASIO dakota 24 bit, but i couldn't set the sample quality above 48000. it took me awhile, but i finally realized why. the dakota card is only 24/48, not 24/96. i'm currently getting ready to return it on monday, but here's the problem: i've decided on the RME Hammerfall 9652 card, however RME isn't shipping the multiface for it until the end of february, possibly longer as they've apparently identified some bug in it relating to windows 98. so the question now is, i DO have a tango24 still, and it does use optical adat in and out like the RME hammerfall card seems to. can i use the hammerfall in conjunction with the tango 24, or do i need to get an rme multiface? which sounds better? the tango 24 website says it supports up to 128khz oversampling.. i'm assuming that means it can work at 96khz with the rme. i just want to make sure these items are all interchangeable. if they are i can return just the dakota card, swap up for the hammerfall, and continue on my way without having to buy a totally new a/d converter. shivering. it's almost frightening, but my posts are starting to look a lot more like everyone elses with respect to tech talk . guess that means i'm actually learning.