A fellow bandmate is seeking the path of the audio engineer and I intend to provide as much support as possible (I might love the recording arts as much as he does anyway). We plan on putting together a project studio to hone our craft and record local bands (probably for free). We don't have a lot of money to put into it...and we don't expect it to make us money...we just want a setup that will deliver some quality recordings and help us develop our skills. So...via endless hours on the net and after perusing myriad forums, magazines, and online reviews...we've put together some ideas for our entry-level DAW. I'd really like to know what thoughts/suggestions/words of sage wisdom might be out there. Here goes: DAW: iMac G5 (already have it) RME Fireface OUTBOARD: Presonus M80 (is there a better 8-ch box for the money?) Presonus ACP88 (just to get us started and have some versatility...although we probably only need about 4 channels compression at once...very open to suggestions here, especially if they save $) MONITORING: Headphones: Sony MDR-7509 Extreme Isolation Headphones Speakers: Mackie HR824 MICS: Shure SM57 (x2) Sennheiser MD421 (x2) AKG D112 Josephson C42 (sd con) AKG AT4050 LDC PLUGINS/SOFTWARE: Cubase SX3 Propellerhead Reason 3 Waves Platinum Bundle MISC: Mic stands Mic/patch cables Headphone distribution amp Extra headphones -------- FUTURE DREAMS: Expansion: RME ADI-8 DS Dangerous 2-Bus LT Royer R-121 Soundelux u195 Another gig of ram API 3124 John Hardy M-1 FMR RNC -------- For musical reference, we play stuff in the realm of indie rock...some hardcore influences, some post-rock/instrumental influences, etc. Check out http://www.myspace.com/thebrightlightsocialhour for mp3s...we recorded them ourselves actually...not on the above gear (digi 001 and such)...we had some helpful friends, but it was pretty much out first crack at it. Your consideration is deeply appreciated.