Okay, so I am looking for a reality check. Over the past couple weeks, I have been researching, thinking about, and agonizing over which hardware/software setup to upgrade to. As of right now, my primary projects will involve recording/mixing live audio --- acoustic guitars, acoustic bass, vocals, and lots of backup vocals. My budget is around $2,000 or so dollars. So far, I have more or less narrowed my choices down to the following two: (1) Digi 002/003 with Pro Tools (2) RME Fire Face 400/800 with Logic Pro As near as I can tell, the benefit of going with the first option (Digidesign) is that I would get (1) a control surface and (2) Pro Tools (which, from my experience, is the simplest program for live audio recording and mixing). The downside, of course, is that the A/D/A converters and Preamps in the Digidesign stuff isn't all that great while the RME stuff is supposedly fairly high quality. So, I guess my question is this: recording at home, in a non-professional environment, will I really notice the difference in converters and preamps between the Digi stuff and the RME Fire Face stuff? Should I sacrifice the Digi control surface and ease of use of Pro Tools for the superior sound quality of the RME units? I need a reality check here --- as a non-pro who just wants to make really clean recordings, does any of this matter? Any thoughts, comments, complaints, suggestions, observations, reservations, revelations or visitations from God would be much appreciated. Thanks a lot.