hi, I play the piano, a little bit guitar and some other instruments. A while ago I started composing. Now I want to record some compositions so I can work out some ideas. I do also play in a band. Now I want to buy a device to record audio. I need to connect a guitar, a keyboard, midi device and later on mic's. I don't need to record those all together. But when I want to record something with the band I will need enough inputs. First I thought about the "tascam us 144". It is enough for recording my ideas (I guess), but I won't like it if I have to buy a new device with more inputs over a short period. Then I was interested in the edirol m-10dx and the m-16dx. At the moment I can buy the m-10dx for €250 (392.5$) and a showroom model of the m-16dx for €360 (565.2$), new it costs €400 (628$). I am more interested in the m-16dx because it has a sofware package with it: Cakewalk sonar LE. A minor point here is that it has no midi plug. But I can fix that with buying a midi to usb device (around €35-40 ($55-63$)) I was thinking about buying sonar homestudio or the xl version if I would buy the m-10dx. I went to the local music store to see if I could get more info about the edirol devices and the salesman recommended me a package: An Edirol FA-66 and Sonar studio edition (+ some simple packages) for the price of €330 ($518,1). Those 2 costs each around €300 (471$) (if you buy it separately). It's an interesting package but I will only have 2 inputs. I found the presonus FP-10 today and it's also interesting. But I have a question of it: can I connect on every mic input an instrument? I see on the specifications that there are 2 instrument inputs and 8 analog mic/line inputs. (http://www.presonus.com/products/Detail.aspx?ProductID=3). But I guess that the instrument inputs are special inputs but I can easily connect a keyboard to a line input or the line out from my amp to a line in? Can someone advice me what I should buy? And why? Recommendations of other devices are welcome. And if you need more detailed information, please ask. And sorry for grammar and spelling mistakes.