Hi there, im looking to get back into recording my own stuff again and was wondering if anyone had any advice on which home recording studio to get. I started off years ago with fostex 4 channel tape studios and my last one was a 4 channel MD recording studio however I have certain requirements now that Id like to meet and was looking for some guidance or advice. I will mainly be recording a stereo vocal track from CD and overlaying 2-6 vocal tracks. My requirements are listed below 8/12/16 channels (8 will suffice) USB in and out (I wish to upload tracks straight from an external HD) Onboard Effects Decent pre amps A decent EQ on potentiometers Hands on controls (I prefer the basic pot and slider layout to the cluttered 20 sub menu options) I dont need a drum machine inbuilt, I also dont need a metronome, loops facility or midi The format of the studio would have to be hard drive, not minidisc or other A CD burning facility might be useful but not essential An external screen monitoring facility would be nice to use a full size vga monitor but Im guessing this is a luxury I will have to do without I was looking to spend under £500 and the Tascam DP 02 caught my eye as it seems to be more hands on than menu laden unlike the Yamaha AW16G which I have tried and found unnessasarily complex. I have researched the Tascam DP 02 unit and there are mixed reviews some saying how good the unit is and some saying the pre-amps are poor and the hard drive access noise is annoying when recording I guess basically Im looking for an easy to use, hands on 8 track recorder for very basic use, I dont mind second hand or new either. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, many thanks, Steve.