hi guys. i'm a new member. not a novice but far from a pro, with a specific question regarding the cubase/ pro tools conundrum: my question regards studio compatability. to sum it up, i utilize cubase/ nuendo (with re-wire), and am comfortable with this set-up. It's predominantly pc-based with 200g of vsts, save for a few strategic pieces of hardware. my musical style is ambiguous, though definitely funk-based. i rely exclusively on midi implementation. GOAL: i've got a booth set up and am ready to go to the next level by actually recording audio (vocals)....this is the missing element to my music. QUESTION: I'm qulaified artistically (specifically, regarding the actual music creation); but as a technician (specifically, in mastering and creating an end product), i'm a fetus. if i am ever to change DAW formats the time is now. if i ever propose to contend with the "Big Boys" and produce a high-end artist, should i switch to pro tools if for no other reason than studio compatability? Must i adopt it just becasue it's an industry standard. I recently downloaded a demo of PT LE and i hate the interface. it's like going from x-box to pac man. cubase, however, i love.......(much of this, i admit, is also due to my familiarity with cubase) pro tools is hailed for it's audio processing power, but what can it do that cubase can't? can't i just buy some good DA converters and mic pres and be able to contend with a pro tools HD system?