I feel it is time to make the next jump in my ever evolving music recording career(HAHAHA). I am ready to go computer based and know enough to be dangerous. I am upgrading from a Roland VS-2480. I have played around with Nuendo enough that I have fallen in love. I am building a P4 Dual 2.4 with a 20 gig and a 120gig drive and 1gig of DDR. I already have Mackie 824 monitor's. I am happy with my toys(keyboards, mics, drums, etc.)..........for now! This is My questions 1) Need at least 16 xlr-trs inputs-------- a. Want the best for the money b. Looking at the MOTU HD192 with something else for the extra channels 2) I like to have that hands on feel------What do I do for a Mixer a. Do I go with a real Mixer or a controller My budget is about 5,000................What do I need and what am I really messing up on. Thanks guys!!!