I hope I am posting under the correct forum, so here goes. As the title says, I am getting back into recording and will need to upgrade some equipment. I currently use an Alesis HD24XR or Zoom H4N or a Superscope PSD300 for live and studio recording. In the past I also used Adobe Audition 1.5 for mixing and mastering (that should tell you how long ago I was doing this stuff). The program worked great and gave me results that I and clients liked. I am not really interested in upgrading recorders nor am I interested in recording on a laptop or desktop. The HD24 is going to stay as it is reliable and has never let me down - laptops and desktops are another story. I am considering purchasing PreSonus Studio 2 Professional as it has everything that I will be needing for what I do (Recording pro/amateur jazz bands, concert bands, chamber groups in concert halls or concerts) A new desktop had to be purchased as the old one finally died - 10 years old. New machine is running windows 7 and Audition is working fine. Again, I use the recorders to record and the computer to mix and master. What I am hoping is to be pointed in the right direction and have some of my beliefs confirmed or corrected: 1) What type of interface should I look at that will enable me to transfer files from the HD24 - Fire wire or USB? I would prefer firewire because of the HD24 FST software and because I have the 1394 hardware. That is, unless someone has another or better way to transfer files from the Alesis to the desktop. Or , should I just set it up as a server and transfer files that way? I've seen a couple posts where people say it is very slow to transfer data with this machine like that. 2) Do I really need a "music" interface (Avid RME PreSonus) or can I just get PCI firewire card and simply drag and drop the files off the machine into the desktop mixing/editing software? I am asking this as I used to be a computer programmer and it seems to me as if that should work - these are just digital files. Of course, I am probably missing something in the equation. 3) What other software should I consider? As stated above, I am giving serious consideration to PreSonus Studio 2 Professional. So, there you have it. Hope I have given enough info and not been completely confusing Thanks in advance.