If you were given a $4000 budget to equip a home studio, what would you buy? The client? a one-person song-writer who plays guitar, keys and sings. Uses a drum machine. My goal is to see what "state-of-the-srt" is for home recording now. I already have a great vocal mic, guitars, and keys. What I need is a versatile mixer/recorder setup with the ability to record, process and mix tracks to a CD for "demo" distribution. The all-in-one-units are great, but often not very flexible. I prefer hands-on mixing to software and especially dislike navigating endless menus on little lcd screens. Any ideas....?