I know you must get these threads with every second refresh, but I'm serious about setting this up.. so I need to know. Monitors I can worry about later, same with mics. It's really just the Audio I/O interface that's leaving me a bit overwhelmed. I'd like to go for a Firewire interface, as it's portable. I know I'd like to be able to recreate my music live, so please bear that in mind. I don't need a plethora of inputs... perhaps 8? If I record drums... it would probably be separate anyway. I'd need a mixer (for the live aspect), but I would like decent pres for recording... So would I need a firewire box and just a mixer? Or some sort of combo? I'd prefer quality over quantity as far as direct inputs/outputs/good pres are concerned. Will be recording from a multitude of sources... from acoustic guitar to an old 80s synth. So basically a dynamic live/hobby studio get up. Any help you can give me with the Audio IO? I know I want Firewire's portability... but if I get better quality at a cheaper price... I will consider PCI/PCIE.