Well, I've finally taken the plunge into the digital world of recording. I've been happy using a Yamaha MT8X-II cassette based 8-track for years and hit the wall. After I recorded a beautiful performance of my improv band (me on sitar, 2 guitars and a hand-percussionist) with 2 Rode NT-1's in an X/Y pattern into a Blue Tube into a BlueMax into a TDK consumer audio cd-recorder) I've been wanting to do digital. By the way, I forgot my headphones that show, and set levels by eyeing the meters... best recording I've ever done! haha!). I came into a bit of money after my parent's both passed on, so I'm taking the leap. I'm looking for gaps in my equipment list... I've always gone for the best of the low-end. Here's what I have: I'm using Logic Express 7.1 on a 15" 1.67Ghz Powerbook G4. For converters, I'm using a Tascam FW-1082 going into a LaCie pcmcia firewire card. I have an external OWC 7200rpm firewire 800 hard drive going into the built-in firewire 800 jack. Mics: MXL V69 Mogami Edition (1) - dig this mic! Rode NT-1 (2) CAD Equitek E-100 (1) Joemeek JM27 (matched pair) Audio-Technica ATM25 (1) - has a bit of history... it was used in the Grammy's, according to a well-known distributor. Shure SM57 (1) Prologue electret-condensor (my first mic which I never use, but can't seem to let go of) Preamps/compressors Groove Tubes The Brick (said I wanted it for $325 at GC and they said, ok!) FMR RNP and RNC Presonus BlueTube and BlueMax M-Audio DMP3 Joemeek VC3Q Monitors: Edirol MA-10A Samson C-que headphone amp More Me Studio Deluxe headphones (2) Sony MDR V-600 headphones I figure I could record just about anything thrown at me reasonably well. I'm mostly going to be recording acoustic instruments and vocals, including hand percussion and ethnic instruments (sitar, etc). But, an occasional drum kit may find it's way here. I haven't even begun to think about midi instruments... maybe adding a cheap keyboard controller might be in the future. Any suggestions? Something small would be good (running out of desk space!) But, as far as mics and outboard gear... is there anything you might suggest in the sub-$200 range? How about the sub-$500 range? I may go beyond that one day, when this beloved hobby starts bringing in some $$$! Oh, btw... I'm a licensed massage therapist... so all of this equipment is for making relaxation cd's for clients and is a lovely business deduction (er... at least as far as The Man is concerned!) Many thanks for your time and input!