This is going to be a 2-parter: Firstly, I want to make sure I've got my logic right. I want to record our band's live performances to a computer (PowerMac G5), and I'm figuring on 8 chanels of input necessary to accomplish this (vocal 1, vocal 2, guitar 1, guitar 2, !bass!, drums, keys, audience mic). By my thinking, I should be able to take the signals I want from their respective aux outputs on the mixerboard and route them through an appropriate audio interface (one that has at least 8 inputs) and from there to the computer (I'd like to go with a PCI-based interface with a rackmount "breakout box" and have been looking seriously at the Echo Layla 3G). Software wise all I need to do is record 8 tracks simultaneously and then be able to polish them up a bit and mix them down to 2 channel stereo for output to CD. I hope that sounds like a good way to go. I'm crazy new to all this. Secondly, given the information above, what do you all consider to be a cost-effective (ie. the best compromise of quality, functionality, and price) program to accomplish this recording? I've been eyeballing Logic 7 Express, would that be adequate? Can it record 8 tracks at the same time? Thanks a bunch gang!