I\'m looking for sixteen single-wire up to 96khz (eight dual-wire if I ever found the need to go above 96khz). I agree that 32 singles would be a little over the top.
I currently work just as you\'ve described, using eight 44.1khz ADAT outs for roughing-in and two 88.2khz s/pdif outs to print from a Terratec EWS88D PCI card.
I\'m upgrading to HD3, and figure since I\'m going to be dismantling the lawnmower anyway, now would be a good time to sharpen the GS blades. I intend to mix completely w/in PT, thereby relegating my GS rig to the role of dedicated sample playback device -- no faders, no pots, no fx.
I like the idea of simultaneous AES/EBU outs for two reasons:
1. During rough-in, I can monitor all sampled tracks at my target rate of 88.2khz.
2. After rough-in, I can print all sampled tracks in one shot.
...assuming I don\'t go over sixteen channels, of course.
I recognize that these are marginal upgrades, but hey, a man\'s gotta do what it takes to have a nice-looking lawn.