After hearing the difference a good preamp/converter made on my last recording project I'm revamping my recording chain! My budget is around $2500 for the best preamp/converter/mic combination I can get for that price range. I think I've decided to go with a MacBook platform for my DAW system (which I'm not including in the $2500 since I'll have to replace my computer anyway). I've been reading and hearing about the Ensemble/Logic combination. Everyone I've spoken with who has used it says it sounds GREAT! But...I've been reading and hearing that Logic Pro requires a HUGE learning curve. I've been using Guitar Tracks Pro with my PC which has been very intuitive. I've also had recommendations for the Digidesign 003 and ProTools. I've been told ProTools is MUCH easier to learn. My goal is simple TRACKING of acoustic guitar, guitar cabinets, vocals, drums, keyboard, etc. At least right now I don't plan to do a lot with midi or virtual instruments, etc. which I hear Logic is good at. I simple want to record the cleanest and most musical (large warm, clean with a lot of detail) tracks possible within my budget of around $2400. I've been leaning toward Logic/Ensemble because of the recording quaility and Sw/Hw integration but I'm concerned about warning about the learning curve required for Logic. Just wanted to get some feedback or other recommendations. Thanks for the help!