Being new to this site, I first joined 2 weeks ago expecting to simply login, post questions, get the answers I "wanted" to hear and POOF! become a studio recording Guru. Now Im seeing this in a whole new light. First of all let me begin by apologizing to the guys and gals on here, whom of which, actually know what they're talking about. As an uninformed and arrogant guitar player looking to start his own home studio, I was taken aback by the "answers" I first recieved when making my initial posts to this community. After posting about my available studio space, current equipment, planned future purchases and all the other questions the "new guys" always ask, I was quite surprised about the feedback that I got. "Could it be, Could I really NOT know what Im talking about after all?" "No, that couldn't be possible, all these people who are responding are simply biased or have alterial motives for 'bashing' my suggested gear". Then, it all came into perspective for me. After disregarding their warnings/advise and making the purchases anyway(mainly due to my beginer's need for immediate gratification and impatience towards "wanting an entire, working studio NOW"), lets just say that certain "equipment failures" arose and caused me to hit bottom. What a reality check. Then today, as I sit at my computer mad and sick to my stomach, I stumble upon a thread titled "what kind of deal is this" in which there were a few lengthy posts by a certain "respected past moderator" (one of the people trying to warn me) and something in those posts hit me like a ton of enlightening bricks. "Oh, now I get it" is something I don't think I've said until now... Listen, for all the new guys coming on to the sound production scene; simply put, there isn't going to be a quick and dirty solution to starting this journey of recording your own music. I dont think anyone who's been doing this stuff for a while now expects us "newbs" to get in the first 2 or 10 go 'rounds. I can only hope that one of the first topics you come accross is this one when you join this community, because there is alot of help that's availalbe here and ignoring that help to simply learn the hard way and fall into the "studio on dime" pipe-dream fantasy is just plain hard to chew. So, in retrospect, the moral of this topic is: "Listen to these guys on here, they know what they're talking about and there only here to help". Try to avoid learning the hardway.