My goal is to record acoustic guitar and vocals at the best quality and then if i want to add some drum tracks i can just go to a commerical studio and add on to it after. Then once it's done i can get it sent for mastering. That would save alot of money in the longrun. a link to some of my songs, listen to "We're Alive" http://www.myspace.com/michaelcerveni I just need some direction in what gear i should start with. Here's my list below. Help me pick! Converters 1. Apogee 2 channel converter 2. or Lavry Blue 2 channel converter (transparent converter i've read) 3. or API A2D converter (more colored converter i've read) 4. or Universal 2192 (pretty damn great converter i've read) Preamps/Compressors/Eqs 1. Universal Audio 6176 (for vocals and acoustic) 2. or LA 610 (for vocals and acoustic) 3. API 512c (gives it a more colored sound i've read) 4. i even was considering an Avalon 737 with babyface mod with a faster compressor. Plus it has a great EQ and with a great mic, nothing could sound bad through it. So i'm really considering that as a starting point. 5. Avalon M5 (acoustic and vocals) 6. Universal Audio 1176 vs LA2A or LA3A Mics 1. AKG 414 2. Neumann U 87 3. Neumann TLM 67 3. Rode Classic II I'll be using cubase as well. Thats pretty much it. Do i NEED to use protools to get that in your face, digital sound? Will the gear i have listed above help me achieve that? Thanks in advance. -Mike.