Hi all, I'm new to this forum so bear with me. I have a max budget of €6,000 to buy a relatively decent home recording set up. I'm a songwriter but want the option of recording live drums. You can check out my choons at http://www.myspace.com/briandunlea. These were recorded with a Boss BR900CD. I have been thinking a MacBook Pro would be my best option. I would like to buy a mixer maybe a Yamaha N12 or a Mackie 1640 both having firewire capability. I will be doing very little midi work if any. For my DAW I was told Pro Tools is excellent with audio but I'm not too pushed about the fact that you have to use their hardware. Maybe I'm being silly? My main goal is to record live instruments whether it be me or others such as string quartets etc. So quiet preamps are a must. I realise they won't be amazing with my budget. What I have: Mics: Microtech Gefell UMT800 Rode NT5 Stereoset And a good old SM57 I am good friends with a guy who owns a P.A. hire company so I have access to AKG 414s and some Neumann stuff and some shure condenser bug mics etc.. Monitors: Alesis M1 Active MKII Lexicon MPX100 Dual Channel Processor Roland MMP-2 Analog/Digital Mic Pre Boss BR900 CD Digital Recorder Maudio Keystation Pro 88 Kurzweil ME-1 Module There's more but it's guitar related and not applicable I guess. I don't use any computer at the moment. That's my major investment. I would like a minimum of 8 mic pre's. I was looking at the RME fireface 800 but it only has 4 mic pres. I heard the MOTU stuff is good as well. Portability isn't really an issue but I wouldn't say no. But the majority of my recording will be done at home. I work in a music store so I will be able to get a good discount on some brands. Ok I've waffled enough. Just to let you know I'm relatively new to the recording world but I'm eager to learn as much as I can. If anyone thinks I'm on the right or wrong track I would appreciate any input.