I have a buddy that is looking to get a recorder for his band, so he can record rehearsals and eventually take it out on the road and record gigs. He's wanting something with at least 8 XLR ins and something pretty rugged.
I told him he should just use his laptop and get a Presonus Firepod, but he's wanting to look at CPU-free options as well.
I'm not a "live-sound" guy, so I thought I'd ask here.
I think he is looking to spend around 1 - 1.5k.
Look at the Akesis HD24. It is what I still use in some live venues to sync up with a hardware sequencer, instead of using a computer based sequencer. I cannot have failures during a gig, or it's my ~~~.