Hi: I do not have a computer based DAW and have been looking around here and other forums for info as well, although with not much success. I believe the reason is a failure on my part to explain clearly, what I need. Please understand, that I understand, there are many options and preferences as well as people that will recommend one over the other, but I have to start somewhere. Here is what I need. The right PC configuration to run the following: 1. Synthesizers (soft) of the following types. Standard sample playback types like Roland XV5080, Emu Proteus, Korg Triton, etc. for general emulation of real instruments, 256 voice polyphony. Don't care if this requires several cards alone. VA types like Nord, Novation and those which are well respected for analog emulation and those which are famous for otherworldly - far out things like Reaktor, etc., 48, or so, voice polyphony. 2. Sampler...Full featured like Emu, but not limited in memory...GigaSampler? however with a better interface/programming interface, 256 voice polyphony..again, card requirements not an issue. 3. MIDI...sensible, solid performance. Since most of my work will be done here at the sequence level, the ability to have all standard editing functions and to be able to address any of the above mentioned synths freely, meaning that the synths themselves, must be able to have the patch/program parameters edited in real time from any selected midi channel/track while the sequencer is playing and still retain the efx bus/fouting, etc of the present ensemble (midi tracks playing back multitimbral accross several different synths. 4. Audio... Only 24 or so tracks, sensible tracking/mixing/editing. Ability to run alongside the midi tracks. No more than 8 or so hardware inputs, but the ability to route almost anything to anywhere. That's pretty much it. Phil M.