Well, I've basically made up my mind, I want a presonus. after reading around here and getting an idea of what some of the different interfaces offer this is what I'm gonna go for. Well, since last looking at the things (like 2 years ago, when it was firepod or firebox) have changed a bit. There are now many flavors to choose from. a variety of firestudio's the firebox, and the FP10, which i guess is the reincarnated firepod. Let me give you guys a breakdown of my experience and my planned useage. experience = zero usage = I am moving into a nice large basement where I plan on doing vocal and guitar recordings, i have some roland vdrums so for the time being dont intend on mic'ing any drums. Now the most sensible thing to do, as i dont have any experience, and only plan on recording guitars and vocals, would be the firebox. BUT, im not always sensible and i like to have cool gear to play with. I dont like the limitation of only having 2 mics at a time, Although for the time being that is probably the number of mics i'm going to buy. I have an interesting book that has some funky micing config's and I would like the capability of mic multiple instruments with multiple mics. (I am a complete n00b and maybe this is just unnecessary) So, what do you think? should i shell out the extra cash for one of the firestudio's/FP10? Which one do you think suits my purposes? Now as I type this, I am tilting away from the firebox now. I dont have a huge budget but I got myself some expendible income and for something really great like the firestudio tube, i could probably tighten my belt for a while. So i dont want to put a pricepoint on what im willing to spend yet, besides to say I dont want to spend more than the 600 for the fp-tube. is it worth the extra 200 for the tubes? do they make a large difference? My mic plans as of now are to get probably 1-2 sm57/8's and maybe another different mic for compare and contrast, dynamic perhaps? something like that (haven't done my mic research yet either. got suggestions?) I'm sorry I'm such a n00b. But that is why I come here to ask questions and lurk^^.