In a couple months Ill be putting together a studio for myself and to record other bands and im confused about what the right set up for me would be. The two main ideas both using mpowered pro tools are either a firewire 1814 and an octane 8 channel preamp combined (if this even works) Mainly because I want a lot of mic preamp inputs to record drums. I would like to use just the octane alone but I think I need to put it through the firewire 1814 to get it to work with protools. Im not sure. Or the m-audio project mix control surface. Both ideas are similarly priced and Im not exactly sure about the pros and cons of either or if there is a better set up for me. My main concern is at 8 least high qaulity mic preamp inputs which both have. Im new to this stuff can anyone help?