Hey everybody! I've been going through some old threads and this is a really awesome and informative board, so thank you for that. My name is Andrew and I am currently in the Navy working with weapon system radars. My contract expires next January, and the plan is to get out and go to school full time. When I get out, I think I am going to take the plunge and finally realize my dream of being able to record myself. I play multiple instruments (as I bet a lot of people here do) and I have always wanted to record songs that were 100% me - the writing, arrangement, every instrument, vocals, and mixing. I am really stuck on which DAW to go with, and from what i'm reading it's largely a matter of preference. Still, I have to imagine that depending on what you are planning on doing with the program (hip hop, jazz, rock, country, symphonies) there are better-suited programs for particular styles. I initially decided to go with Reason 6 because of the huge amount of digital toys included. I love tinkering and tweaking and layering layers upon layers of thick reverb and delays - I'm a huge fan of the band Angels and Airwaves and I'm kind of looking for that post-rock sound that's huge and includes tons of sounds and synth. However, I started reading about Reaper and that sounds really good as well - I'm just the type of person that sees a $60 price tag and gets nervous rather than relieved. Tonight I was looking at Samplitude Pro X Suite, and that looks pretty freaking amazing... definitely the highest quality. Are there many tutorials for Samplitude? Is it worth the $1000 price tag? Is it ridiculously complicated? (I'm pretty quick to pick up new things and learned how to maximize Photoshop pretty quickly). At first (before doing any research), I had set my budget at about $3000 for everything I needed (which I had no clue what that would be). After considerable research, I threw that budget out the window and am coming at it more from an attitude that I want to start off from the beginning with respectable (passable?) gear, and I want everything right away instead of slowly buying mics and such (The goal is to slowly upgrade to higher quality items). I believe that my total is at around $5700 right now for the following gear. Any thoughts, advice, cautions, or wisdom is greatly appreciated before I buy something that I regret. Reason 6 - See above ^^. Any advice? Custom Audio Recording Computer I plan to build myself: ASUS Crosshair V Formula ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ Eight-Core Desktop Processor CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 13 Limited Edition 92mm CPU Cooler for Intel and AMD Seagate Barracuda 160GB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (SYSTEM DRIVE) Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive(SAMPLE DRIVE) Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (PROJECT DRIVE) LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit MOTU 8pre 16x12 FireWire Audio Interface KRK Rokit Powered 8 Generation 2 Studio Monitors (2 of them) Blue Bluebird (2 of them, for vocals and drum overheads) Proscreen XL Pop Filter Blue Dual Microphone Cables (for the Bluebirds) Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones (tracking headphones) Line 6 POD HD Guitar Desktop Multi-Effects (not sure if i need this or not... I do not have an amp) AKG D 112 Kick Drum Microphone (bass drum) AKG C518M Miniature Cardioid Condenser Microphone (two of them, for the toms) Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic (snare) Behringer C-1 Studio Condenser Microphone (hi hat) GLS Audio 50ft Mic Cable Patch Cords - XLR Male to XLR Female Black Microphone Cables - 50' Balanced Mike Snake Cord (7 of them, for the drum mics) Monster Cable Studio Pro 1000 Instrument Cable Straight-Angled (acoustic/electric/bass guitar cord) I read about the KRK ERGO Room Correction System, but i'm not sure if it's just snake oil or if it will actually be worth the price tag. In addition, something that I haven't done a lot of research into yet is preparing the room for sound. I don't know what the room is going to look like yet (I am planning on saving up over the next year and buying it all pretty much the day i move into my new house after i separate from the Navy), and I have a couple books on my wish list on Amazon that i'll be buying over the next year to read about sound treatments for home studios. How much money should I allocate towards this? I am thinking that the recording room is going to be a spare bedroom (without bed and furniture). I will have my computer in that room as well. Kind of long, but I just decided to go with it. Thanks for reading, and any comments or advice is greatly appreciated! I'm super excited and I can't wait to start recording!