As I don't have the budget to invest in a Protools HD setup, but still would like my sessions to be easily compatible with HD-equipped pro-studios, I am planning to do something else. Since the tracks counts, midi possibilities, and the resolution (up to 96khz) of Protools LE have gone up I am seriously considering buying a 003 Rack + Factory and pimping it up. Would the setup underneath be sufficient to reach HD-quality at a fraction of the price? - PC with Windows XP, 4gb, fast i7 processors and fast hard drives. - Digidesign 003 Rack + Factory - RME Adi 8 DS ad/da converter - 1 DAV BG-2 4-channel pre-amp - 2 Golden Age Pre73's - Main microphone: Gefell UM92-1.s - A bunch of synths and soft synths - KRK Rp8 monitors - Tannoy SRM12 monitors - Room treatment - Samson patchbay - Mogami and Klotz cables My plan is to bypass the clock of the digi and use the RME clock, which is supposed to be much better. I will also use the RME for conversion via lightpipe and bypass the digi conversion. The digi's pre's won't be used either. With the DAV BG-2 and the PRe73's (and I also have one Aphex 207 lying around) I hope to have found pro quality preamps within my budget limits. Ofcourse a lot is riding on the performance of musicians, the engineer and the sound of the room. But will this setup soundwise be up to par, taking into account that I am not planning on recording bands or orchestras live but will work track by track? And with hitting the maximum inputs and preamp (8 mic's -> 8 channels) count only when I record drums. Whats important to me is also low latency and not running into processor trouble when I have 40 tracks and some plugins running... (the exchange program between 003 and HD2+192 i/o for 5.000 is not a bad prospect either) I am pretty new to this game. So does it make sense?