For my first home studio attempt, which is for the very limited purpose of recording my voice for VO auditions, I have been counseled to try Cool Edit Pro. The idea is to record the copy, make an mp3 file, and send it out. If I book the job, I'll go to a local studio and do an ISDN session. Now, I had this idea (from a place where I did a demo a couple of years ago) that I would eventually get a mac and run pro tools in my own ISDN studio, should I be fortunate enough to generate that kind of VO interest. After reading the thread here about the "pro tool monopoly" I'm not so sure I could justify the expense and upkeep of pro tools. I read several names that were mentioned in the thread, and to be honest, I know nothing about the other manufacturers. What would you use as the "next level" of software and equipment after I graduate from Cool Edit?