Hello All, I've been reading everyone's comments with regard to various different audio tools, learning about different capabilities from the web/magazines etc, and I have come to the following conclusions: 1) Decide on my requirements before worrying about any product, such as how many simultaneous record tracks I want, use of midi or not, and probably the most frustrating budget. 2) There's definitely more than one way to skin a cat, a large part of which involves an individual's personal preference. 3) I've got no idea where to start!! Here's what I need to do: Original band (http://www.mimiburns.com, you can check out our first CD...in RealAudio only unfortunately...sorry), need to get the second CD finished before commencing a Tour in Italy in July. We're not exactly made of money, but through blood, sweat and sponsers, can get about $5000 to $10,000 together for the project. I have been considering the possibilities of going to a commercial room to record vocal's, drums and acoustic guitars and then doing Eletric guitar's and keyboards with a small DAW at home that supports the big studio DAW (a la Pro Tools I s'pose) in order to save much money and to gain much needed time to relax during the creative process. Do any of you have suggestions on a good way to go about this or even, do you think this is feasible? Thanks for your time. Steve By the way, want to sponser the band?