Im trying to be smart and do research. I get good feeback from everyone on this site, but theres one question thats seems to get me stomped. Is pro-tools better for me in the long run or not. I mainly track vocals out of my home studio, and I am in desparet need to upgrade my interface. Im trying to take my time so I don't end up regreting my purchace, or have to start buying things twic or having to change my direction. Every time I go to the music store, I get everyone telling me "pro-tools is the way to go" and then I get on RO and everybody is saying pro-tools is just a hype, or that I will only be limiting myself..... This leaves me stuck because I don't know which would be better for me in the long run. Now, I could.. get an RME or an E-MU just for my interfacious ventures, but I also want a strong package overall As of right now im mainly looking for an interface, but im also at the crossroads of my recording stage where im tired of changing my whole set-up because of this and that. My interface is a 2496 audiophile(m-audio) I run Sonar 3 PE on a PC. I know that nobody will have the overall right answer for me, but my qoal is to have a solid set-up with quality everything and if protools is the way to achieve that over-all......then thats that I just need to know is protools(software/hardware combo's really the best overall for some trying to obtain that profession sound?