I'm a documentary filmmaker and my upcoming project is the biggest I've ever undertaken: A 35-city, seven week tour across the USA. The subject is an indie rock band playing large clubs and small theaters. We are a two-person, single-camera crew. The finished product will run approximately an hour and half. At question is how best to capture the live audio of the actual concerts. The budget is limited and portability is an issue. We (the band and I) have agreed on the six songs that will be featured in the final video. But they like to vary their setlist from stop to stop and so I feel it is necessary to try and record all their shows in their entirety. Also, the opening band will play a part in the finished film and it would be nice to get their sets as well. Since we are a small two-person crew, it will be necessary to be able to "set it and forget it" whatever the method of recording used is. That is, press record and leave the device alone for the length of the show while it records. The band travels with its own soundman, if that is pertinent info. He will be manning the soundboard (I'm really sorry if my choice of words betray my lack of experience in live-concert proceedings). I know that many folks talk of "plugging in to the soundboard" as a way of recording a show and I would assume that this is our best bet, too. But what device to use for the actual recording? (For editing purposes, I would very much prefer the device to record in digital, not analog). I guess I could use a notebook pc, right? It would make sense. Although I would be uneasy leaving a notebook pretty much unattended during the course of a show (the soundman would be at the board, of course, but I can't expect him to either babysit my gear or take responsibility for it). But at the same time, any device I use would have the potential of being ripped off. And a hard drive would seem like the ideal place to store what will probably amount to 100 hours of live recording...60GB or so of wav's. If the notebook is a decent option, then what would be the minimum cpu & memory for such a task? Obviously a large hard drive would be essential (I have several large capacity firewire-based external hard drives, by the way). If at all important, the final documentary will (hopefully) be released on DVD and the live recordings will probably amount to 20-25 minutes of its 90 minute running time. So what are my options? I could spend $1500 on whatever the device might be. Just please remember that it needs to run unattended without interruption for a few hours. I'm also realistic about the results and I in no way expect to obtain the results a pro crew with pro gear and tons of experience would get. Thanks a lot.