Quote Exalted Wombat:
But capturing digital audio is a fairly simple job ................
Yes - but decent mic. pre-amps are not that simple.
It's far better to stick to stereo with something decent than to go multi-track with everything mediocre.
That's why I stayed stereo for so many years - I only went multi-track when I bought the Nagra VI two years ago.
What the OP is doing can be done very well in stereo - I have been doing it for years - and, as I said, good stereo is better than mediocre multi-track.
And with the sort of music he is recording, in a live acoustic and good dynamic range, he needs the best mics and pre-amps he can afford.
Oh - and welcome to the forum Marty.
John - Sound-Link ProAudio
President - Federation Internationale des Chasseurs de Sons