I´m about to replace my DAW and I´ve been having serious "protools or not protools"-anxiety for some time now. I´m a producer and songwriter so I need this for my own production suite, I don´t run a commercial studio. I use Logic and if I would get protools it would be for the hardware only. My decision - not protools ! Why ..? I asked myself what do I need all that dsp power for, whatplug-insdo I intend to use. I have an analog desk and nice outboard that I use a lot so I need the good basics. A couple of nice eq:s, comps and some modulation and special fx. What finally made me decide to not go TDM was when I discovered that 3rd party plug-in developers are makingplug-insfor TC powercore. So I can have a native system with the TCpowercore running the Sony oxford stuff, the TC intonator (instead of auto-tune) and some other 3rd party plugs that seem to pop up more and more frequently. The TC plugs bundled with the powercore are nice aswell. Then I can get a UAD-1 card for the 1176, LA-2A, Pultec Eq, Cambridge eq... Then complete it with a native Waves-bundle that has perfectly enough power from the dual processor G5 that I would get. Then I can always get some more powercore and uad-cards if I run out of dsp-power. I have a gut-feeling that soon basically every 3rd party plug-in ever made will be available for the powercore, UAD-1 or other dsp-card to come. I would complete this setup with two MOTU 192HD interfaces (which, rumour says..., are built around the same converters as the digidesign 192-interfaces) for 24 channels of analog outs to my desk, an Apogee A/D-converter for tracking and an Apogee Big Ben master clock. For me, this DAW is worth every penny of its very competitive and reasonable price. It would sound great, I´m sure, and I don´t think dsp-power will be a problem. It feels like a flexible and expandable DAW. I would have to spend A LOT more $$ to be able to run the same amount of the sameplug-inson a TDM system (just compare how many UA1176´s you can instanciate on one digi HD process card and how many of them you can run on the UAD-1. For less than 1/4 of the cost....). I think a small revolution is at the doorstep if all 3rd party plug and softsynth makers will release their stuff for the powercore and UAD-1. Digi will get serious problems defending the sense and reason in the pricing of their hardware. My opinion ! Right now I´m just happy to have found the best DAW for ME. Let´s go shopping !