Hello, I just registered to this site after finding it through a few google searches. I was hoping to find Forums that would be a good place to learn from and ask a ton of questions. This seems like the right place from what I can tell so far. So who am I and what do I plan on doing? Right now I am band less and playing my guitar/song writing solo. I would love to set up a place where I can record my songs/experiment. But also the fact that I am some what of a computer nerd, makes me very very interested in getting deep into the recording aspect of music. The overall goal of my setup is to have a setup that I can EXPAND on and hopefully record some local bands on the side once I get to that point and learn the basics. Basically I've been looking at either a Pro Tools LE set up or Cubase. I am leaning more towards a Pro Tools LE set up now, the Digidesign 003 Factory set up. So here are my questions for that: Is the Digidesign 003 Factory set up expandable? Is the extra "1,000" for the "Factory Bundle" worth it in the long run? I don't have a firewire port on my computer, is there a card that you all would recommend for this set up or would any generic card do the trick(I have a custom built computer)? When I do plan on recording beyond the 4 Mic ports provided by the 003, how would I expand on that? Do I buy preamps and somehow tie them into the mixing board? Does each preamp only handle one mic or are there preamps that handle mutliple mics? Would you guys recommend me getting a preamp right off the start or is that something I should worry about down the road? Also any decent mics/monitors that you guys can recommend to me to add to this set up that would be great. Still looking around for what I should get as far as headphones, microphones, monitors. I know I have a lot to learn but I am very interested and dedicated, so any help is appreciated and I apologize ahead of time for such stupid questions.