I am a bit of a noob. I have an 1814 that I use to record live music but rarely need more than 8 tracks. I now have a client that needs me to record 16 tracks.

Can you recommend what I should use?

Sony Vaio / Windows XP / Dual Core 1.83ghz / 1 gig ram
Audio record software: Nuendo 4

Is my system fast enough to handle 16 tracks?

Does Maudio(or anyone) offer a portable 8/16/24 track recorder that doesnt require a laptop? It kind of sucks dragging my laptop around.