OK so im graduating from Trebas this fall and have learned a ton of stuff about gear. I have got recommendations from teachers and read reviews now im curious to know what you all think. Here is a list of some products I am considering and why I want them. Please let me know of comparable products and which ones of these might be foolish purchases! Im going for a professional competatice home quality studio mainly for me at first but in time for demoing and whatever other work I can get. I want to keep building on what I got. Basically I dont want to buy some card and a year later go "damn" this really isnt that good. I should of went a step up. Of course money is the only set back for me but thats why we got financing! Basically I start out with sound card. This is the main part where I am a little confused. I was told that RME Hammerfall is a gread card but was also wondering what else might be good. MOTU seems to have some great stuff. Plus they have meters on some of their racks. and thats always handy. Also there are quite a few differnt hammerfalls. which one would you recommend? Oh yah also important to note is that I want to use this sound card for MIDI too, so it needs to have low latency with software sounds. It also doesnt need A/D converters because thats what my mic pre is for. I like the idea of not buying an all in one. More of buying a card that is good at one thing and then building on top. instead of getting an all in one Jack of all trades master of non card. I want to pass that stage and go professional. Mic PRE A/D For this I was looking at the personas DigiMAX 96k. Why? because its getting great reviews, has a lot of features and apparently great sound making it a good competatice professional card. http://www.presonus.com/html/products/digimax_96k.html Monitors Tannoy Reveal Active Monitors. Why? Not to expensive and everyone seems to love them. Software Wise I was thinking Cubase. Protools is great but then im limited to other hardware. Remember this is just to start. So I can start recording some demos for friends and write some music. (also to note is I also have a bunch of 58s already and I think those will do fine until I can afford better mics.) ANd yes I am aware acoustical treatment is nescessary. But that is all part of the future.... Right now just the basics.