Since there is so much gear out there, I thought I'd write in and ask some of you. I've been thinking of getting a macbook pro for recording along with either an apogee A/D unit or a digi 002. I was fooling around with the idea of getting a Mac G5 but I thought that I could use the macbook at gigs. In addition, It sounds like many people use Logic with their macbook. What do some of you recommend for starting a home studio? I'm thinking maybe I don't need a macbook and can get a dell or something cheaper that would be just fine. However, I don't want to skimp and have to sell things off to buy better equipment. I understand good preamps are expensive along with converters. I'd like to mix using faders instead of a mouse. I know the digi 002 uses firewire which is easy but wouldn't know how to intergrate an outboard mixer. People say the digi 002 converters are garbage which makes me hesitate to buy it. Anyway, if any of you have insight on what to buy or what works well for you, I'd appreciate hearing about it. Thanks very much.