I am a first time poster and a long time reader, really happy to be here this place rocks! It is time for me to change the layout of my entire studio with new gear! I have 25,000 to invest! I have been awaiting this time for years and I need help getting into the right setup! MY SETUP AS OF NOW: Computer: Mac Pro decked out pretty well with cores and RAM Interface: Apogee Ensamble DAW: Logic/Abeton/Reason and Pro Tools in 2013 Plus tons of plug ins I have been running this system since 2012 and invested in Apogee to run with my Mac Book Pro back in 2008. I am getting into a new space, building an iso room and really going balls out with gear. I share this to tell you all I want to start moving "out of the box." Here is what I am looking to get: About 10k in Outboard One killer Microphone One controller or analog console: Looking at SSL Nucleus and Toft (both around 5k) Perhaps analog summing unit like Dangerous, Neve, or something around 2-3k zone Here is what I need help on: Right now I think that I am going to have to expand my I/Os. The Apogee only really runs 6 after the Main outs are taken out of the equation. I read several threads over the last week with people talking Apogee expansions dating back to 2009. I am not sure if I am in need on a Apogee 16x or Rosetta unit to add more I/O with Apogee. Obviously if the SSL Nucleus is the way to go I will use that as my interface.... not sure how I feel about not using the Ensamble at all I think it sounds great. I am in need of 16 I/O. I want to run several outboard gear on tracks. Is the summing route the best way to do this? I know that being the Apogee is I/O, on paper, that I can not run a summing unit that has more than 8 I/O. This is why I thought it was best to expand I/O and perhaps then invest in 16 channel summing unit. What do you all think? I guess overall what I am asking, is if you had my setup (computer, ensamble, and a bunch of plug ins) what would you do?? Invest in Analog console and go less on Pres? Go the analog summing route? What would you add to expand I/O section? Keep Ensamble and add to it, or buy another 1-2 units which are better suited for more I/O? I would really love to hear what you all think. I have been producing for 10 years in the box, and this is the year I make the jump out. I have investors on the line, projects starting in 2013 and I need to do some serious expansion!