Hi all. Karl's back. It's been awhile. Guess it had something to do with the birth of my first child in Nov, '04! A girl. First time father at 46 and lovin' it. Anyway, I'm looking for help with this subject. What follows are the details. I'm using Cakewalk Home Studio 2 XL. I want to get into multitracking. What an array out there. I'm using a Gateway laptop, P4, 3.2 MHz, 512M Ram. External 80G USB 2.0 HDD 7200 rpm for audio. System drive os 80G but 4800 rpm. I record to the external drive. TASCAM US 122 interface. Yamaha MG 16/6 mixer. I've been recording two track into HS via the 122 with no problems. I want to go to multitrack. I have a Korg D16. We've used it before I went the computer route. I could never get the bass sound good. Plus it only has a 2.1G HDD. Also to produce CD's, I need go via the D16 optical out to my TASCAM CRW700. It sounds really good actually but I have to do it in real time. Whew! So I'm looking for help. The laptop has a four pin firewire port. I just don't know what's good, bad or otherwise. TASCAM's site stated they don't recommend the four pin for the 1082, the rack one. MOTU looks good. But I just don't know. Too many out there. Eight tracks is fine. Looking to spend under $1k. I want to stay with Cakewalk because, it's a cakewalk! I'm just looking for something that has good sound quality and is stable. I want to either hookup direct to it or use the group/stereo outs from the mixer. I have a three piece band. Myselg and another guitar player, bass and a drum machine. Drums, myself and bass player are all stereo in. Other guitar mono in. I'm sure I can record eight simultaneously since I'm recording to the external drive and not taxing the CPU. I don't put effects on when tracking. That's all done at mixing. I hope I've given enough info. All replies welcome. I love cakewalk's simplicity. Mixdown, export etc. All very easy for me. No it's time to take the next step so to speak. Thanks to all in advance.