I have been looking into this whole Protools thing and I have come to the conclusion that all the Digidesign hype is exactly that; "Hype". The software is in my opinion antiquated, uncomfortable and limiting, and the hardware is no better than many of the cheaper alternatives; infact in a lot of cases it sounds pretty average in comparison. As far as I can tell the only reason why Protools is still hanging on as the industry leader is because digidesign managed to corner the market early. Nothing but clever marketing. To be honest I have heard far better results from systems that cost half as much. I think that Cubase SX will eventually overtake Protools as the leading software solution, and there are many manufacturers who build far superior, and much more flexible hardware solutions for a lot less money. The fact that the Protools software is tailored to the hardware package is pretty suckfull too. If you did happen to like the software you would be stuck with digidesigns overpriced and underfeatured hardware with no alternatives in sight. I for one will not be handing over my hard earned dollars for something that serves no purpose other than to back me into a corner and bleed my bank account dry.... I'ts only the industry standard if we keep buying it, and current trends suggest that more and more people are turning away from Digidesign. I know of at least a dozen major studios in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane that keep a digi 001 stuffed in a cupboard just in case somebody asks if they have a Protools rig. The work is generally done with Cubase or Logic and a lot of different mixed hardware.... Any opinions regarding the digi monopoly would be great to hear.