for these soundcards that have 8 rca ins (line level, without mic preamps), you'd need either a standalone mic preamp for each of them, or a board that has 8 outputs, correct? don't most boards have two stereo busses until you start getting quite expensive? if one was to want to be able to record 8 tracks at the same time, had a sound card with 8 rca inputs, and wanted to get a mixing board that would allow him/her to just plug mics into the board and record 8 tracks...what would one get? or...a board that can output to lightpipe? or...???? edit: just found the alesis studio 24/32 mixers, that have an output for each input. this is cool. but AFAIK not all mixers have this, correct? i'm trying to see if i can get 8 digital inputs with preamps for under the $800 that the aardvark q10 costs, but i really really can't find one. enlighten me.