I have a rack of synths and samplers, and I have a fairly large format analog recording console (32 x 32 x 16 x 2) that sounds good. I've made a lot of music with this stuff for TV ads, records, you name it. And I'm thinking of scrapping most of it! I've gotten to the point where I like Mach Five's sound as much as my hardware samplers, and I actually prefer the newer software synths to most of my hardware synths (Waldorf Microwave and Nord excepted). I have always mixed my digital tracks on the analog board, but lately, I've been increasingly happy with submixing groups of tracks in the computer, effecting them there, and using outboard gear with the console only in those cases where it sounds noticeably better (and there are, of course, such cases). I could get away without the analog console. I don't think I'd miss most of the hardware synths and samplers at all. I might miss the console. OK, I probably would miss it. So I'll hang onto that, since it has no real resale value anyway, compared to what I paid for it. But I'm totally intrigued with the idea of having as little hardware as I can get away with. I've done a few projects where I've not used hardware, except for mic preamps and a few outboard effects and dynamics processors. I wasn't at all unhappy with the outcomes. I don't know if I'm getting crazy, lazy, or what, but I am itching to get rid of a bunch of hardware, and invest in a faster computer and more software. I just may do it. On another subject, I have found that the Mackie HR624s give me a more accurate picture of a mix than my far more expensive Genelec 1031As were able to. All of my mixes have turned out better. Of course, the Genelecs sounded lusher, and went louder and deeper, but as a nearfield mixing speaker, I love the little Mackies!