I'd like to record a full drumset using six mics getting at least six tracks of drums. I'm close to buying a Mac G5 and was thinking about getting the Echo Layla3G 8-channel interface. I've always used mic cables with XLR connectors. For some reason I believe I'm getting a better signal to tape this way. The Layla only has two XLR inputs and the remaining four are 1/4" balanced inputs. I always thought that XLR are balanced and 1/4" are unbalanced. I'm a bit confused about this.. I guess I will now have to by 4 new cables with XLR to 1/4" connectors. Does anyone know, will this degrade the signal in any way using XLR to 1/4" cables? Do I need a Presonus Firepod or something with more XLR inputs to do what I'm doing? Maybe I won't here a difference either way. Thanks for any info.