Hello all – I’m a newbie here, so go easy! I’ve used the search function, but haven’t found opinions that are directly on target … so I’m hoping you will tolerate what is likely a frequently asked question. I’ll give you the short question first: What Mac-based setup (i.e. - hardware and software) would you recommend for audio editing, mastering, softsynth + sequencing, and production? If it’s helpful, here’s some background … I’ve been a bassist and cellist for years now, most recently freelancing with singer-songwriters. I’ve been working on a Yamaha AW4416 with Event PS6 monitors for the last few years, mostly recording demos and pre-production mixes to rough out ideas before going into the studio. I also have a Yamaha QY70, which I occasionally use for pads and sweeteners … FWIW, I’m a relatively quick study with computers (did tech support for a while in office gigs), and have a good deal of experience in analog recording environments. We’re about to get a new home computer (likely a G5, because my wife is convinced she wants a Mac and I’m convinced we should buy as much computer as we can afford). And simultaneously, I’m starting to get more seriously into “producing” singer songwriters. I’d like to begin working with softsynth and computer-based sequencers (i.e. Reason, etc), and I’d like to be able to use the computer for mastering and audio editing, which is a pain in the neck on the AW. I’d like to start at around $1000, to get off the ground. A couple friends have suggested an Mbox + Reason – but I also hear folks complaining about ProTools, and I’m still going to need a MIDI interface (right?) ... I’ve heard good things about Cubase, but I’ve also heard that Cubase has problems running with Reason on Dual-Processor Macs. And recently I recorded in a studio where the engineer was using Logic, which he loved … so, I dunno. Suggestions? (And if you know of specific threads or other resources that would enlighten me, please suggest!) Also, since I haven't placed the G5 order yet, is there anything I should make sure to include, to optimize for music? Thanks!!