Hey people I just joined the site today after looking at posts for two days. Anyway, I have just started to build my own project studio over the past week. The equipment I have is this: Mbox Yamaha MG12/4 mixer Yamaha PSR-172 keyboard Kawai FS-690 keyboard (for midi control) - decent keyboard for being old Maxtor 80GB external Harddrive USB Midisport 2x2 2 pairs of Sony MDR-V150 headphones (one for monitoring through mixer, one for Mbox) M Audio C02 Digital Converter KLH CDR-2000 Cd Player/Recorder Naxa nx-982 microphone Gateway M305 laptop computer w/512 ram, 2.40Ghz processor Art X-11 Midi master controller I thought I would give a list of my current equipment because from the postings I have read it is helpful for others in order to give some direction. I just have a few questions: Since I have the Mbox and it only offers 2 I/O does this mean that I would have to lay down each instrument to a seperate track and then mix them together to create a stereo track since the Mbox only offers 2 outs? What is the best way to go about using the Mbox? I know that I have extra inputs for external gear by using my mixer, but when it comes to recording I just need to know if I have to lay each instrument for a track seperately and then mix. Also, what would be a good set of monitors (under $100, to connect directly to stereo outs of mixer) that would enable me to monitor my mix without the headphones? Currently I am using my Sony home stereo for outside monitoring. Also does Digidesign offer any type of equipment that would expand the I/O of the Mbox without going to the Digi002? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.