I am getting ready to drop close to $10K on a small project studio to record one or two performers at once. (All I have already is a Kurzweil 2000, Ibanez John Scofield, other acoustic, classical, and electrics, a Marshall amp, a Line6 AxSys212 amp, Mackie 1604 & 1202 mixers, Furman headphone distribution amp, Marantz cassette multitracker and some cheap mikes.) My intended purchase is the following: Carillon Audio System'w SONAR EMUX STUDIO (Sonar Producer 4 and E-Mu 1820M) - AC-2 3.2 Ghz, 10248 DDR, 80 GB IDE, 400 GB SATA -- to upgrad later this year to RAID 0 (800 GB), Firewire 800 interface, Carillon MIDI Knobs Controller and transport Controller (set up for SONAR & EMUX ). Wireless Keyboard and Mouse (with labels for SONAR & EMUX ), upgraded dual-/triple- or quad-dvi video card and monitors. Reason 3.0 Universal Audio UAD-1 Ultra Pak TC Electronic Powercore Element Groove Tubes The Brick - Preamp Studio Projects C3 MICROPHONE M-Audio KEYSTATION PRO 88 USB Master Controller Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System Event Studio Precision 8 Active Studio Monitor (2) Sony 7506 Headphones Balanced cabling wherever possile. I compose and play mostly Steely Dan, Pat Methaney types of music -mostly instrumental, with no live drums. I have to often record in the same room, in order to have better acoustics and isolation. I want to get away from using the Mackie mixers and do all mixing (including the occasional inserts for outboard effects) within the DAW. I have thought of adding a Soundscape Mixtreme or Mixpander card and i/o box later this year, if needed, in order to accomplish this. What are the weakest links in this setup? Are there any obvious incompatibilities? I would guess that I will need to add some more microphones and pre's fairly soon. Are the Studio Projects C4 (pair) really a good general choice. What about two more pre's? More "bricks"? A Eureka? What is the best software or approach for me (as a non-drummer) to supply a basic rhythm section? I have just joined the forums today, but have been trying to read as many as I can to learn -- I appreciate also if any of you can point me to the right spot, if my questions do not belong here. THANKS!