I'm sure these threads are common, but I'm new here and wanted to get some opinions. I am looking into a DAW with as good sound quality as possible. I like what I see about the ProTools Digi 002 system and that's what I'm leaning towards right now. I don't do alot with MIDI so CuBase or something focused on Midi isn't as much of a priority for me. I just want good quality sound, an easy interface and stability for a home recording system. I use alot of synths and would hope to be able to create all drum tracks in programs like Fruity Loops or ReBirth. With those programs, can I export the drum tracks as Wav files and paste them into tracks in ProTools? I know ProTools doesn't offer the kind of open plugin support than programs like Sonar and VST support programs do so I was concerned about how I work with softsynths and software drum machines like "Drumkit From Hell" would work in ProTools. I'll summarize how I record and then maybe everyone could advise from there: -I play the bass, guitar and synth parts in real time so I don't need great Midi or sequencing abilities. Same with the vocals. -I want to be able to create drum tracks in a software program like Fruity Loops. What is the compatibility for these shareware or VST type soft-drum programs in ProTools? -If I got Sonar, I would need to buy a sound card like a M-Audio Delta 44 or so AND a mic preamp correct?? Basically, what are my advantages with going with Sonar over ProTools? I may at some points want to track at home, but then mix and master at a pro studio so ProTools has the advantage there. Lastly, Can Sonar compete with ProTools from a sound quality standpoint?