Equipment: Fast Sony PC, Firepod, 2 Eureka preAmps, GrooveTube, R0de and KSM32 mics, Powercore Firewire for plugin processing. Programs: WaveLab 5.0, Sonar 5 pro, Reason 3.0 Plug-ins: Master X5, Powercore included plugins, Sony Oxford Bundle Inflator, etc. VSTs and such: BFD, Atmosphere, Gitano personal orchestra, Steinberg the Grand Expertise: I learned how to Master first having made many 2-tracks recordings direct to DAT with the Eurekas and the KSM32s. I used WaveLab after coming in from the Dat through the Firepod to my PC. (I traded my VS-2480 to go totally computer.) Next step: Learn Reason and Sonar or switch to ???. Also considering going to a MacBook instead for portability. Dilemma: I have limited time and there are so many programs. 1) Should I stay with Sonar 5 pro and spend my learning curve there? 2) Should I stay on a PC or go Apple? 3) Should I instead go to another recording program? 4) Given the choice, should I learn Reason or the recording program first? Objective: All I want to do is lay out a drum track and then add instruments one at a time for songs I've written with vocals last. Utility and ease of use are important, but not at the expense of quality. Any thoughts appreciated! It's not important to me to have Protools because the industry uses it - unless that really is the way to go.