Hi all – So happy to be here. Excellent resource. I am a music industry “veteran” who had a lot of recording time in the 80s and 90s. So…while not being a noob to the recording music world, I have been away a long while. I am a little familiar with DAWs and the recording culture of 2012 - -but only a little. I am ready to get back in and am hoping to get your feedback before I commit to a path that is ignorantly not where I want to go. I’ll be focused primarily on songwriting and producing my own songs to be placed with publishers and various other connections. So I want more than a little control and quality with out breaking my measly budget for a complete startup – roughly $2000.00. I already have an HP dv7, 8GB Ram, 7200 rps, 500GB hard drive. I am planning on getting the following: Pro-Tools 10 (mostly because I am familiar with what it will allow me to do); a Roland Quad-Capture (I would like the Octa but the price difference breaks my budget); EZ-Drummer, and I can’t decide between Guitar Rig 5 or a Line 6 Pod HD. Then, of course, various mics and such. I do have a 1985 JCM 800 2204 but it is way too much for my little house, kids, dogs, and especially - wife to bear. I will probably look around for a Fender Twin but will still be relying exclusively on an amp modeller for all of my writing and arranging until I find the arrangements I'm looking for. My goals are to spend the next 6 months writing pretty much solo which makes me feel better about getting the Quad instead of the Octa as the most inputs I’ll really have at any given time in the beginning will be stereo mics on acoustic guitars, mandolins, fiddles, etc. I am hoping (maybe against all hope) that one of the amp modelers I mentioned will be able to deliver a nice Fender Twin to over-driven JCM 800 for me. In the future, when songs are finally written, I'll be looking for a quality interface with more I/O options. And speaking of guitar amp modeling, I am really hoping – and this is probably number one or two on my list of needs/desires – that I can 1) not only find an amp modeller that sounds good, but 2) setup a system that will allow me to monitor the tone of the amp modeller while recording the track but only record a dry track so I can play with amp tones after the fact and not have to re-record the guitar everytime. I know that’s probably nothing to those who know but – like I said – in my time “away” there are some things I just don’t know anymore and I don’t want to buy a bunch of gear and software just to find out I can’t route things the way I am comfortable recording with. For what it’s worth as far as tones go, I am focused more on all forms of country from bluegrass to arena-country with a big huge sound. I say that because I notice a lot of emphasis on super overdriven metal tones for a lot of the amp modelers and I am not going to need that very much. I’ll need overdrive - just not Pantera or Nine Inch Nails. I’ve chosen EZ drummer primarily due to good reviews. Again – it sounds like I can find the tone I’m looking for - - but it seems to me there was another piece of percussion software that had an entire country-focused suite of drum tones. The second most important issue to me (and it really is a tie for first) is that whatever drum emulation system I am using will allow me to output each drum (especially kick and snare but preferably all of them – including the cymbals) to a single track in order to play with the tone of each drum isolated from the others. Wow – this is getting long - - sorry – but thanks. So…Thank You for your time and please, please feel free to critique any and/or all of my gear choices or methods - I am seriously looking for feedback before I invest. And of course – What am I missing? Advice on low cost, high quality monitors would be a big help too.