Thinking of picking up a new interface that can handle a bunch of channels.... here is the reasoning:
Want to record jams/rehersals with probably 2 or 3 direct in's, and 3-5 mics for vocals and drums and perhaps a room mic, so will need probably at least 8 or more inputs.
I would prefer that when I am recording this I am able to record each track separately, probably in Garageband, Sonar, or Cubase. (This will require dragging my computer over and/or picking up a decent notebook). This way I can muck around with the levels/effects/etc.. of each instrument/input separately after the fact to get a decent final product.
Anyway, there are a bunch of USB mixers out there, but it seems the signal going to the computer via USB is only the main channels, (L and R). There are some mixers that have built in recorders, but I don't know if it is possible to get the separate tracks off. They seem to force you to do the mix/record on the mixer and then output only the final mains again.... hmmm.
So far, this interface is looking promising, (see link), and it is relatively cheap compared to even 2 channel interfaces.....
Any fresh idea's out there.....????http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/US1800