It seems fully automated consoles are in short numbers. I'm just poking around thinking of the best studio solution for my needs. I've never been a huge fan of Protools, mostly because the information is very vague. From what I've read you need the HD cards, HD192's (only 16 channels a peice) A/D converters and a control surface. That to me is crazy and the price does not justify it for me. Other then protools are there any other studio setups that have good workflow? I was thinking of a fully automated console and some good converters and interface for Sonar and then saving the projects not only in Sonar but on the console as well, so I could recall all of the settings on the board. Does anyone do this or is it very practical? If someone could shed some light on protools and make it sound more appealing to me I'd be interested. I was looking at the Icon series control surfaces they have and they seem nice. How exactly is a protools setup hooked up?