I have started designing my pro tools studio around a Digidesign 002 rack, so far I have an Alesis SR16 midi'd to a Korg Trton which is then connected via Midi out to the 002 rack. I have a marshall amp and an old digital RP3 digitech unit for my guitars plus a shure SM57 and SM58. I have been reading sound on sound, Music Tech and various other magazines which have had articles on Mastering and Compression etc, In a few weeks I am going to get myself a pair of Tannoy reveal 5a's for monitoring. I have read that there are 3 things you really nees in terms of hardware: 1) A decent set of monitors for a good mix reference, 2) Decent preamps, 3) Some decent mastering kit. I am currently looking at buying a Focusrite Twin Trak Pro(connected to the 002 rack via the optional SDIF out) to do the guitars/Bass using one channel for my shure instrument mic (micing my Marshall AVT150) and the other for the D.I. Signal and then routing both signals through effects processors i.e. Pod XT Pro and TC MoneXL. A focusrite Octo Pre (connected to the rack via the optional optical out) for the Vocals and D.I. my Korg Triton and adding looping a Digitech Quad for on for of its remaining channels. On channels 5 to 8 I am considering putting a Pod XT Pro, Pod Bass XT Pro, TC Finalizer and TC Helicon Voice Works creating four different effects loops. One channel on the MoneXL will cable to the Pod XT Pro on one of its effects loops and the other channel to one of the effects loops on the Pod XT bass. I have decided to use hardware processors rather than use loads of plugins and software, is this the best route or could I leave out the Finalizer and just use the plugins available to me in pro tools for mastering? i.e. Compression, Tracks Eq, limiter and dithering on the master stereo channel? If using the TC finalizer is the better option can I route all the instruments to this without having to bus each instrument channel to the master steroe channel? i.e. is there some way I can put the finalizer on the master channel or bus the master signal through it from the master channel? Any help or comments on the above would be really appreciated.