Well, that's basically the question, but let me explain. I go to college next year and i want to get a multitrack for my laptop. I found out that USB has no problem if only using 1 or 2 channels similtaneously. So anymore than that would be a problem. I was looking to maybe get the Digidesign Mbox, comes out in May, and then run a protools system. That unit would be fine for me to record for myself. So bass, guitar, synth, and use the keys to program drums as well. I also intend to join a band while at college. Do you think it would be better of me to get the Motu 828 which is firewire and has 2 XLR/1/4" inputs and another 6 1/4" inputs on it for $250-$300 more? Or should i not concern myself with band recording?