Okay so ive been looking for a place online to ask a few questions and learn a lot and this seems to be the place. Okay im looking to set up a small studio in my house with my existing equipment and some new things, i have a few questions so here is my first. I recently got a copy of Protools LE but i do not have the digidesign hardware. I use this with an Mbox at college but i feel they are made rather cheap.. Anyway my problem is that on start up it is looking for the hardware from digidesign but obviously i do not have this. I do own an EMU 0404 and i currently use that with my Macbook which is my main computer for now so i was hoping to use my EMU with protools & im wondering how to do this? Is there any way round not using digidesigned stuff? if not i was looking and the mbox2 mini (i think thats it, the USB pen drive thing) and was wondering if i use that to open pro tools could i then go tell pro tools to use the EMU 0404 as the main imput and soundcard? I also have another question: If i want to upgrade to a desk with mixer with faders and say 12 mic/ 1/4inc inputs how do i hook that up to my computer so that my computer knows that i am recording on each channel at the same time? Is is possible to plug in a mixer into my EMU unit and have it see the 12 or so channels at once? My dad also has a few old rack units so how do these get hooked up exactly? Im hoping to build up a mini studio in a spare room of my house so is there anything else i mainly need? i have a bunch of equipment but nothing super important (racks, drum machines, effects, controllers, keys..ect) so i was wondering is there is any essential things i need? Thanks!