Well I bought an Alesis Multimix Firewire 8 a couple four years back.
It only had four XLR inputs but that was fine with the Shure 4 pack drum mics. Well Cubase LE was the recording software which came with it. Cubase was such a pain working with the multimix. I would spend much more time setting up everything to record than I would recording.
My solution ended up being this great free program Audacity. I have nothing but love for this program.
My multimix works perfectly with this program and all the problems I had with the multimix and cubase have faded.
It really is a great program with some nice links to plug-ins...