howdy After using some of the better gear available, I have come to the realization that a scaled down hybrid version of what I do now would get the job done very well. Rather than investing in a bunch of software, I choose to share the work between a few computers systems and a clean stand alone analog console. I find this process sounds bigger and punchier with far less reasons to keep spending money on endless software upgrades. Everything here is easy to sell or add to the core without loosing the farm. The process is what I find most interesting. The sound quality and pleasure I get from this kind of system over ITB is hard not to pass on. Therefore, I thought a starting over thread for 2014 might be an interesting topic. Aside from monitors and acoustic treatment, if I was starting over I would do something like this over any All-In-One DAW system and a bunch of plug-ins. +++++++++++++++++++ Process / Chain. Console > AD > Orion 32 >DAW1 > DA Orion32 > Console > 2 channel ADDA with monitoring connected here > AD > DAW2 (DA monitoring) > Done = ME, CD, online Two basic optimized computers both loaded with your DAW's and OS of choice . ( I would choose PC any day but if you are on Mac, who cares). The computers aren't working hard this way. 1x Orion32 (USB or MADI). 1 x 2 channel ADDA. FW or USB works great. ( this should be good quality but USB or FW is all ya need) 1 x monitor control system 1 x analog console of choice With no interface! ( Toft Audio ATB24 | Sweetwater.com) or Analog Mixers | Sweetwater.com mics Some additional hardware to follow. External Effect processing for certain. A great start to freedom is less than $10,000. Used, maybe half to get started. The concept is to use your console to track and mix through and use DAW 1 for basic tracking, processing and clinical editing.. Bus and Aux the entire DAW1 session OTB so everything arrives together at the console. (the more stems and aux's you can accept the better). Mix both DAW and Console, with attention on the analog side and capture on DAW2. You monitor your entire mix from DAW2 via the 2 channel DA. If you can include an independent monitor control system (not the console monitor section) the better. I pretty much guarantee within no time you will discover how little you want or rely on plugins again. You are free of so many extra bugs and upgrades. Other than the basics included in your DAW, you are free and heading to a cleaner and bigger mix. I choose Samplitude because its of mastering quality however any DAW will get the job done. What would you do?