Hey guys, and gals... First let me introduce myself. My name is Brian, I am co-owner of a company called Thunder3 music in toronto (http://www.thunder3music.com), and soon to be T3M studios, also in Toronto. We now have taken over the building, a nice 3 story house, same layout as the famous Grant Avenue in Hamilton. What I need help with is buying the remainder of my gear. First I will tell you all what gear is now sitting in storage, waiting to go into the new place. -PC based DAW, nuendo 3.0, 3.4 ghz, 4 gigs DDR2 ram, 336 gb of Sata 10K rpm hard drive space, Dual monitor support, UAD-1 studio pack and Powercore element. -Tascam DM24 Digital mixer, equipped with the extra 8 in/out analog card, and the IF-FW firewire card, to be used as my interface. -KRK V8 monitors, self powered -full patchbay system, tt bantam, system that most people looked at on ebay, the SSL pull. -Shure Beta 57, leftover from my last project studio -EPEK 7 piece custom drum set I know it isn't a lot of gear as of yet, for a semi-pro establishment, but the funding is here and availible. The main things I am looking for suggestions on are... -Microphones, drum mics, all around mics, good vocal mic and so on. -External pre's, Will the DM24 pre's be good enough for the drums, or should I invest in a nice 8-ch and a nice 4-ch for the drums, or a couple of both? any suggestions? Also, should I some two ch pres as well for more concentrated recordings, like vocals, stereo instrument miking and so on. -Wordclock, Is there a reason to get an appogee clock or something else, or will I be ok with the internal clocks of the Mixer . -External gear, I have gotten used to using mostly only plug ins, is there a reason to get some external gear, effects, dynamics, so on? When and Why would I use it over plug ins, and what gear is recomended. -Anythign else I may be forgetting. Like I said earlier, I used to run a small project studio out of my house, but now I am taking the leap into a pro studio. I have a good amount of money availible right now, about $13000 canadian, to spend on gear before opening. Please take the time, those who are knowledgable and patient enough to have read this, and throw out any suggestions you may have. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much Brian PS If anyone has any good gear for sale, feel free to email me at email@example.com .