Recording hardware for Linux laptops
I have a 4 year old laptop with only a single USB-1 port on it. I'm assuming USB-1 (and probably even 2) is not the best way to connect to a analog/digital box.
The laptop does have 2 pcmcia slots.
What's the best approach to get connected to a device that can record 4 tracks (or 6..?) simlutaneously?
Does someone make a pcmcia card that does multitrack AD that actually works on Linux?
Or would it be better to get a pcmcia card with Firewire on it, and connect to an AD box like that?
Or is there another approach altogether?
Also - can a typical 5400rpm laptop drive gulp down 4 tracks of live audio? Or would an external drive (firewire? usb2?) be needed?
My laptop is a 2GHz P4 (not Centrino or M) w/ 512MB. I will probably bump this up to 1GB ram.