I use ibook G4, 1.2 GHz, OSx 10.4, 100Ghz, 7200rpm, 1GB. I play rock/emo/metal. I will be recording at home(solo), studio(band), and live performances of my own band. I will also be using the interface for the playback of certain tracks at the venue. I was planning to spend about $500 on my interface. But as a musician, I want to go for the best in sound. I'm also trying to get my film done. So I'm interested in surround sound system as well. After reading all kinds of recording forums, it looks like fireface800/400, motu traveler/896HD, Mackie Onyx400/1202 plus interface card could be my choices. But after all, the budget was way too high from when I first started thinking about it. Like the fireface800 12" seems bulky, but since it's older now, there is a discount and will be able to purchase it for about $1200. But fireface400, half of its size; just as good with less features is still $1000. I have experienced with hard disk recorder but now I'm just starting to record on my laptop so I don't have any softwares. It seems like some companies like onyx have tracktion2 (plug-in bundles) for free. So it would keep me in the budget. But I don't know anything about this software. Now I'm willing to pay around $1000 if the whole system is worth the sound and possibly be able to use the product for about 5 years by upgrading it. I'm very much concerned about the upgrade that they follow up with Apple OS x (intel compatibility). By the way...here's another question I have. I know micing and environmental setup is very important in recording, but is 192khz better than 96khz? If the music is transfered to CD which I think is 44.1khz, does that mean 96khz is condensed? Or do they skip datas out of 96khz which makes it no difference whether you record 96khz or 192khz if you just transfer it to CD after all? I mean... so 192khz works onlyi when I play a playback on lives? Well anyway I'm pretty confused :shock: so please help me!