Regarding ADAT, I'm still a bit confused as to it's benefits. The new V-studio 700 by cakewalk (http://www.sonarvstudio.com/) claims 20 inputs... but only 8 are xlr/.25"... the rest are digital claimed under the ADAT port? 1) But you need an ad/da converter like the presonus firepod to actual make it an input channel... and for 8 channels max? I'm considering the Vstudio but I have to wrap my arms around this first. Can some one give me an example of what you have that can connect an additional 12 channels of audio through one adat or spdif port directly. Seriously, how do you have it hooked up? I know I'm pretty old school.. I learned on consoles with 48 faders, records that used huge spools of tape, and everything was connected (including outboard gear) via xlr and 1/4".. but I'm not getting this adat thing. Is what I said above not true? What's the benefit? 2) If you plug in a keyboard to the adat port, do you get individual channels of audio out of it? (Do keyboards and drum modules have adat ports now-a-days?) 3) Can adat be daisy chained like midi was supposed to be able to? So you can run your drum unit to another drum unit to a keyboard to a keyboard and then finally back to the v-studio? Is that the benefit? up to 12 separate channels of digital audio from multiple instruments into one port?