Hi all, my newly formed latinjazz act is getting serious and we've found a new spacey place to reharse. Since I'm the tech-savvy guy (and bass player, btw), I'll be in charge of buying all the new equipment we need. That's the band: 2 main vocals 2 saxophones 2 trumpets percussion bass drum keyboard guitar So counting up the mics I need (I also want to record drums and percussion the best I can), I came up with this: 2x SM58 for vocals 4x ??mics for blowers 2x pan mics for percussions 2x pan for drums + 1 snare + 1 kick drum total 12 XLR inputs, and the rest goes into line inputs (4). Then the only choice for (affordable) multitrack recording is the Phonic Helix 24, which have 16 true mic preamps (Alesis is too small for us ), built-in effects, auxes (for monitoring) and 4 groups. Now I have a couple questions for all you experts in digital recording out there (you know who you are ): 1) I can buy a G5 mono for aroun 5/600 euros: do you think that recording-wise and mixing-wise will I experience frustrating slow-downs and hiccups? Did they came with 7200rpm disks or it's alwasy better to hook up a FW800 disk? and btw, how much space a 16-track recording occupies per minute approximately? 2) if, for example, one of the sax player wants to repeat its part, can I play the recorded tracks minus the sax through the mixer and at the same time record one track over? I'm thinking Logic Pro here. 3) are SM58 good for winds too? or should I ask the horn section to buy those little clip-on mics? my setup will also go live, so maybe it's a better idea anyway. 4) any mic suggestions for overheads and kick drum? but please have mercy of my wallet thanks and props to this great community, it helped me clear my mind on a couple of things!