Yup. G'day folks.I was just wonderin'.There have been some excellent posts and issues lately dealt with on other sites re sound quality issues, mixing totally within The Tools, or not.etc. etc. There was a great thread about setting levels, which due to ...erm..technical difficulties at the moment you can't access.This has left a gap for me, cos it was very exciting and I even stopped watching The Bill to follow it. But I don't know how it ended!!!!!! STOP THE PRESS. OK SINCE POSTING THIS, THE THREAD I WAS MISSING IS BACK.NOV 6!! INTERESTING ADDITION FROM DAVE LEBOLT FROM DIGI RE COMMENTS AND ISSUES RAISED.IT'S THE ONE WITH OVER SIX PAGES POSTED BY FELIX ON LEVELS.(ps it's on The Pro Tools Forum). I don't want to start a thread just to hear my own voice or to create waffle, but I was wondering if people want to discuss similar issues here, you know, recording issues with ProTools, and how they relate to digital recording in general. It seems as though everyday I hear about a new piece of gear that will put the analog edge into a digital mix. It's getting complicated.And expensive. Cranesong, Fatsco, Manley 16x2 mixers. All three. And more.I like the idea in theory, of totally mixing within Tools, but will miss my outboard stuff too much. So, lets get gritty. Rock and Roll recorded with a Steinway Piano. Not frequency restricted 808's and their clones.And with a double bass.And a real drummer. Can the Tools crunch it with stuff like the Sony EQ's, and truly, how good are available compressor plug ins like the Bomb Factory stuff. I'm so tired of the promise of virtual worlds. If I have to get something like a Manley Mixer, hey that's the deal No problems.It would be great to have some hard idea about this before I find out I need to sell my family for scientific experiments to get the NewFatCraneMultiFacetedDigitalExpanderandCoffee Machine.Now I've already received excellent advice from people like Julian so I'm not asking for a re-run of should I buy proTools.But well, are we there yet? How noticable IS the new stuff like the Sony EQ? And this is after using it for longer than two nights on the smell of a fresh download. Or is all the debate on other sites merely spurious, and bad sounds due to the right - or wrong -stuff of the humans using this stuff.Maybe I'm talking to myself. Maybe I should just go and lie down.