With all the new gadgets and widgets coming out these days, I was looking into future prospects for a good multitrack device. I always thought I\'d get an 8 track Mackie mixer to mic my drums with, along with some vocals and guitar. I then ran into M-Audio\'s new Octane that came out. It\'s a rackmount module with 8 high quality preamps loaded on it.
My question is, even though Octane doesn\'t have as many \"mixing\" options on it, wouldn\'t the preamps be better than the (for example) Mackie 1402 VLZ Pro? Couldn\'t I just use the software mixing console in Sonar? The next thing I want to do is mic my drumset, which would consist of 5 mics. Has anyone used Octane, and is it worth it for multitracking situations? Just asking anyone\'s thoughts on this decision.
NOTE: I wouldn\'t care too much about the price difference, cause I\'d pay to get the better unit.
Mackie 1402 VLZ Pro