Hello, This is my first post on here and I'm hoping I can get some helpful advise and perhaps help others looking for similar opinions. I am currently Building a new studio for personal use. However I believe it may turn into a business at some point. I have a $30,000 budget. A nice sound proof room with a nice windowed control room. Its empty except for our stage gear. (Instruments and amps). So I pretty much have a blank canvus to work with. I have most of my gear picked out such as mics, preamps(if needed), headphone amps, monitors and the minor stuff. What I would like to know about is what would most of You choose for a interface, mixer,digital mixer, controller, mac, pc, input device, compressors, no compressors, and so on. I'm leaning toward Pro Tools 9 as my DAW but I,m open to suggestions. I picked out a package from sweetwater that included the digidesigns c|24 controller with their 003 input device and Pro Tools 9 for $13,000. it includes the cable kits needed and lots of extra plugins. But reading reviews I,ve noticed their preamps aren,t very impressive in the c24, and If I can save some money without having to buy a ton of extra preamps Id like to. I just want a simple analog tracking feel to the setup and motorized faders would be nice for mix down. I am worried however that I'm over spending on the Digidesign product and not going to get as good a sound that I should with the budget. I want quality sound and many inputs and as much control over those inputs pre and post mix. So if You had $30,000 dropped in Your lap what would You do with it. Thanks to any advice.