I hate to bad-mouth gear, but I feel it's necessary to warn others of my problems with the Fostex VF-160EX. I bought it in May 2006 and so far it's crashed several times, I've had to have the hard drive replaced, its developed noisy preamps and so on. I finally got tired of it and sold it this evening. I would think twice before buying this unit if I were you. I've read many, many similar stories on Fostex message boards... caveat emptor!