hello all ~ ready to purchase / upgrade to get back into recording here's my current lot: SYSTEM: 15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ASUS VE258Q 25-Inch Monitor 10.6.8 Snow Leopard 4GB memory 160GB HD Serial ATA - 5400 rpm Seagate FreeAgent Desktop 250 GB 3.5" USB 2.0 External Hard Drive 7200 rpm ______________________________ SOFTWARE: Logic Pro 8.0.2 Reason 4.0.1 BFD 1.5 Line 6 GearBox ______________________________ I/O: Line 6 UX2 (24bit / 44.1k) dbx Mini-Tube Pre Rode NT-1A ______________________________ MIDI: M-Audio Midisport Uno Miditech Midistudio Keyboard Yamaha DD55 7 Pad Digital Drum System (for BFD) Roland PK-5 _____________________________ MONITORING: AKG-240 Headphones _____________________________ ANALOGUE INSTRUMENTS: 78' Fender Jazz Bass Pawn Shop Warmoth 60's Style Frankenstrat ____________________________ Goal: Get clean takes w/ample headroom, 16-24 tracks, use MIDI drums like BFD - perfect final mix in a professional studio / then master - if things take off reinvest in better gear. Typically I'd be recording as follows: *one track @ a time* - 24bit / 44.1k - 2-3 Vocal Tracks - 2-3 Guitar Tracks - 1 Bass Track - 4-6 Software Instruments - 10-12 Tracks Multi-Out BFD / SSD drums (or similar) via a MIDI / Roland V-Kit - 3-4 internal or 3rd Party Plug In's per channel and Master Out. - Various amounts of automation (volume / effects) *granted the main goal is clean tracks w/ample headroom - I can mix and load up on plug-ins via a professional studio. So roughly 24 tracks on a MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo w/4GB or RAM through a (sigh) Line 6 UX2. Note: I'm fine with freezing tracks and work arounds, I just want to know if my first investment should be a Mac Pro Quad Core or something, which would eat up my $2500 in starter funds - but I'd have a solid foundation. ...or is my machine / setup good enough for say another 18 months of recording / transferring to a pro studio?