Hey all, it's been a while since I posted anything but rest assured I've been lurking, stalking everyone's posts as they get sent to my g-reader. :tongue: I am still trying to figure out what setup I am going to want for my studio, and I've started buying some things already. I didn't think I would need a lot of hardware like compressors and reverbs (multi-effects) because there are so many VST plugins out there. However, I am discovering more and more that there is a popular opinion that the VSTs are not as good as hardware. Also, I read one of the Dummy books (Musicians guide to Home Recording or something like that) and it talked about how you want to compress the drums before the D/A converter, because you want to record with the mics hot but want to avoid the digital clipping sound - that's why it's too late to compress in the DAW using a plugin. What's up with this? Should I invest in plugins or hardware. I recently picked up an Aphex 651 compressor used from Guitar Center and a FMR RNC off of ebay, both pretty cheap. I am looking at reverb units right now, and was eyeing the Lexicon MX400XL or the MX500 but then I read somewhere that you have to know a bit about reverb to get those units to sound good (and all i know about reverb is that I want it and it kind of glues everything together when you are close-miking because your room sucks). Also, I was thinking about getting the MOTU 8pre 16x12 FireWire Audio Interface, but after reading up more I really am leaning towards the Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 Firewire interface. Thoughts?