I'm putting together a portable recording rig, and I'm looking for the best laptop audio interface (Firewire, USB, PCMCIA) for under $800. I need at least 8 analog inputs with preferably 4 mic preamps, although I would be willing to consider an interface with only 2 mic pres (but still 8 analog inputs) if there was a noticable increase in quality involved. I would also be willing to consider something along the lines of an outboard multi-channel mic preamp (i.e. Octopre LE) and a separate interface, if that would provide a higher quality system within my budget. My primary concerns are reliability, compatability, and above all, quality (particularly with the mic pres and the converters); bundled software might be a tiebreaker but is otherwise not a consideration. Also, $800 is an absolute ceiling, as I am already stretching my budget to reach that point. Some of the interfaces meeting my requirements that come to mind are the Presonus Firepod, the Mackie Onyx, a used MOTU Traveler (if I can find one), and possibly the upcoming Focusrite Saffire Pro 26. The Octopre LE w/ the A/D card and a separate interface card might be a possibility as well, but would probably put me over my budget, not to mention in the pricerange of the Saffire Pro. So what would the recording gurus of this forum recommend?