sorry to come in here full guns blazing but I need info right, first off let me enplane, I am and always have been an analog engineer, I own this, it is old, but I love her!! this isn't the exact one I robed this pic of the net for convenience. basically I am trying to get my little head around digital recording, I have buried my head in the sand long enough, no matter how much I want it tape and large format consoles just arn't coming back so, got me a computer, here it is ntel Core 2 Duo E4400, Socket 775, 2.0 GHz, 800MHz FSB, Allendale Core, 2MB Cache, Retail 1GB (2x512MB) CorsairTwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15 Abit AB9 Pro WiFi iP965, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX case and power, now first I am a little worried about my systems potential, I want to run 24 channels at 96k 24 bit with multiple plug-ins on every channel, I also intend on using my desk for both running audio in and to mix with, this might well end up being two computers synced in some way, one for audio and one for FX. I will ask how I do this at some other point :lol: , I would just like to know about interfaces at the mo, I am going to try and get 16 channels up and running, pos on 2, 8 channel cards. I want to know what to buy really, something that is going to run in the quality that I want, has fire wire and dosent cost the earth, I was hoping to spend no more than 400 quid on each box, is this realistic? if not what are my options? thanks guys!