I was looking all over for a "newcomer's" forum but this site doesn't have one. Guess I'll put this here then. Greetings from Northwest Florida. Name's Tom and I ran across this site accidentally. As most all of you likely do, I have a home recording studio which I use to (try) to make a living as a voiceover talent...and I also record my own compositions. My studio is rather humble compared to what I've seen some of you folks running, but it serves me fine. I was once a drummer, but after 20 years of hard playing, I ended up needing surgery to correct damage to my wrists. It was at that time I was told by my doctor that I should seriously consider retiring from the drumset unless I wanted to lose the use of my hand(s) permanantly! That wasn't an easy thing to do, but I did it. However- one can take the musician away from the music, but one cannot remove the music from the musician! I went nuts for lack of a musical outlet for a few years until I decided to turn to a different instrument so I went to keyboards. I have always been interested in keys and synths, but never really tried to play until about 3 yrs ago. As to my studio, at the risk of being accused of wasting space or bandwidth, allow me to describe what I'm using and it's ok if you laugh- hey, I'm not rich. Instruments: ENSONIQ ESQ1 ENSONIQ HALO (aka E-Mu PK6) Arturia virtual Modular Moog Arturia virtual MiniMoog Arturia virtual ARP 2600 (right now, all the the Arturia stuff is the free demo models. When I get a better $ flow, I'll be buying them outright.) Audio eqpt (here's where you can laugh): Radio Shack 3 channel audio mixer Radio Shack Dynamic mic (the most expensive one they sell) Computer/recording Cool Edit Pro 1.2 running on a custom built PC with an AMD Athelon XP2600+ CPU running at 1.9 gHz. The CPU is working on an MSI KT6V Mobo with 1 GB of RAM. I have a 160 GB hard drive and I use a Creative Audigy SB400 sound card. Win XP Home platform. Well, I just wanted to let you folks know a bit about the newbie here.