I used to play a lot earlier, and from time to time my band used to rent studio time, but this is ten years ago. Nowadays I still play some music and me and a friend of mine is writing quite a bit music and records it with GarageBand (version 5.1). I feel GarageBand is a bit limiting, and I also have gotten "your project is now reached it's maximum limit", a few times, even tho it's only like 5 mins. File sizes for projects are usually less than 200MB?!? My setup is a MacBookPro i5 with 4GB RAM, I have a Native Instruments Audio Kontroller One and a M-Audio Midisport. My tracks are usually a few tracks miced up with a Sound Engineering sEX1 large diaphragm mic ( acoustic guitars and vocals), electric guitar (usually thru the NI AK1, since my room doesn't really fare well with micing up my old MusicMan tube amp without scaring the neighbours). So I use software amp simulation in GB. (same with bass) I also record keyboards, but thru midi. For now I've only used drum samples, but I have a friend that are willing to add drums to my tracks later on, and he'll be using a digital drum set, so I guess that will be recorded thru USB or midi?? When I played earlier we used to use Logic Audio (ver 3 or 4 I believe, OS8/9 on a G4 at least) for some home recordings, so I'm pretty familiar with older Logic Software. Is Logic Express my best choice, or should I consider something else? Logic Express is priced at $200 now, and I really don't wanna spend much more than that. Is Logic Express better in terms of performance, since my i5 is running at full blast when recording (fans ramping up and GB is using 200-250% of CPU power, I usually have 500MB-1GB RAM free, so it ain't a problem). Scrolling while recording also seems super sluggish. I need something that does audio+midi with a good support for amp simulation and effects. I remember back in the days we backed up the tracks unmodified (so we could revert back) then added VST effects and saved it as new tracks so the machine shouldn't collapse , is there a feature that makes it easy in Logic Express or shouldn't that be a problem with amateur projects like this? Is there any other upgrades that I should get? Building a DAW is out of the question, since I cannot really justify its cost and the MBP is ten times faster that what people used ten years ago Thanks for any input!