I'm doing some signal processing research where I would like to record multi-channel (3-4 channels would be enough) audio on my Macbook Pro.
I just want the raw data so the hardware I'm looking for would just have inputs (e.g., 3.5 mm phone plug) for 3-4 microphones and an output (USB or firewire) to send the multi-channel digital audio data to my Macbook. I don't need the hardware to have any mixing controls or the like.
Everything I can find seems like overkill and is expensive. I'd like to spend no more than about $200 or so.
Any suggestions for hardware that does this?
UPDATE: Would it work to buy a 4-port USB hub and then purchase four USB mics? A four port hub is only $16...