I'm not a pro. I want to put a PT studio together for my personal use. I know I'm going to use a G4 or G5, and I know I'll use Apogee converters unless I use Digi units. I know the Vipre(GrooveTubes) is supposed to be a hell of a good tube MP. I know the MSS10(Martech) is supposed to be a bad ass solid state MP. The Vipre and the MSS10 I want to use for lead vocal and featured instruments. I don't know what the XLogic(SSL) MPs are like, among others, and I'm interested to find out. I'll put it like this, I'm in no position to personally audition each unit with my own ears. These are my choices based on reading various sources for main instrument MPs: SPL GainStation8, Millennia HV-3D/8, Grace m801, Universal 8110 or a couple of Red 1s(Focusrite), XLogics(SSL), 473s(Vintech), or 3124s(API) units, all of which are 4 channels each. Opinions? All I want is 16 tracks, 24 max, for live recording. Also, but off topic, sorry, if I were to choose music recording as a career, being that I find the idea of living in a pro music studio a thrilling concept, would attending one of the various recording schools be a worthwhile investment? I am 34 now and married working in the petroleum refinery biz making good money, which I'm not sure the recording biz could match, especially if I had to start at the bottom, which I know I would. Never mind. Sorry to waste your time. I don't know what to do. I would like the MP opinions still.