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You can get external audio cards that will feed as many as 16 individual/separate tracks (possibly more) simultaneously to your computer via USB. I prefer having the ability to record and mix each track separately. This way, if there is a problem with one of the tracks, such as long hair brushing against the lav mic (been there, done that), it does not affect the other tracks. I’ve never been a fan of pre-mixing audio down to a couple of stereo channels, prior to recording. There’s just no room for mistakes, when doing it this way. You’re not able to boost one voice, without boosting all of them. Plus you are not able to equalize various vocal frequencies independently of one another. I use a Tascam US-1800 to record live music, and am able to mic up each instrument and vocals to record up to 16 separate tracks simultaneously, while running multiple camcorders, and syncing it all up in the end. The audio gets mixed in post. If one channel has issues, it can be dealt with, without messing with the audio from the other channels.