I decided to get the Mbox2 bundle instead of saffire. The bundle has some nice plug ins, that are cheaper to buy in the bundle. I recently talked with two studios in san fran and they said I should really spend the time learning protools. They felt that since protools is the standard with all big studios, but maybe not all people. However, it will be easier for communication and file sharing. The mbox is just a great little device like saffire for beginners in recording who want better sound quality than the portable stand alones ( marantz, m-audio and the R-1), but with more software and 120+ tracks! I am excited to start!