Hello People... I am an acoustic guitarist who mostly does solo albums, but sometimes I do add orchestra type sounds to the mix. Usually I record in 2 to 3 tracks only. Coming from an 8 track digital recorder and found it a little limiting as far as the tracks are concerned. I'd like to move into the DAW computer realm. I do like the idea of some type of contol surface, but a mouse based system is not out of the question. I'd like to spend around $2000 or so. Here is what I own and would like to keep becuase it works for me. Presonus MP20 2 channel preamp, Matched pair of Rhode NT 5 mics Event Project Studio 6 Powered Monitors AKG K240 headphones Yamaha synth Pentium 4 1.8 processor with 1 Gig of Ram Some of the units I am considering are: Tascam 1884 control surface Motu 1896HD Presonus Firepod Mackie Universal Control Facts I think I know: I've heard that the Motu system works better with a Mac. The FW 1884 works ok with a PC With my present computer, I really don't have a lot of computing power, but was told I could get away with it with my present setup for my intended use. I will get another external drive to run the audio side of things - looking at the glyph. I am looking to get the most pro sound I can and the most problem free set up without latency problems, booting problems, etc. I am a musician first - not a producer. Based on the facts above, I really need to know a complete and user friendly set up to get me on my way with recommended software. I am not opposed to going the Apple route versus PC either. Probably could pick up a reconditioned G4 pretty cheap. Any and all help and comments would be greatly appreciated.