I am planning to record a band live and I need a lot of tracks to cover every instument/vocal. I have a Motu 828mkII soundcard that I`ve used for a coupple of months now. The Motu is able to provide 18 inputs (10 analog in, 2 S/PDIF and 8 via A-Dat lightpipe) but I`ve only used it with the 8 analog inputs. Everyone else seems to be using a hardware mixer to reduse the number of tracks, taking some load of the computer, But I want to have all 18 tracks in so that I can edit them in Cubase afterwards. I`m considering buying a Presonus Digimax LT (8 preamps with adat out) to use with the Motu. I`m running Cubase SX3 on a Pentium4, 2,66 MHz (1536mb RAM) My question is: Will my computer be able to record 18 tracks at the same time? (without cracle noises etc) Sorry if this was a stupid question... Any thoughts on the Presonus Digimax LT? Have anyone used this preamp? Is it OK?