Hello.. I will try to make this short. First a little history. I use to have a little home studio back in the day. I used a Kurzweil K1000 midi with the EPS rack by Ensoniq. I used the EPS sequencer to arrange the music. I had a Mic and a few effects units by yamaha I believe. I recorded everything on a Tascam 688 8 track cassette recorder. It has been over 20 years since I played any music and I have come to a point in my life where I need to start being creative again. My intentions are not to get famous and write the next big hit for America. I am doing this to feed my soul. Writing songs can be very therapeutic and I can use all the therapy I can get. Oops, starting to babble. Let me get to the point. Basically I want to be able to create compose and record songs as I did before. I should mention that some of my compositions can have allot of homemade samples. A quick example... I might sample a moving train and loop it for 4 to 8 bars and then put a drum guitar and synth track over it. Vocals with harmonies. Allot of my drum sounds are sampled human voices or a light bulb crashing, etc., etc. That kind of stuff. Anyway, I need new equipment and I'm hoping this community can help steer me in the right direction. Originally I was going to get a keyboard workstation because I thought that would be the best option for being able to lay down a song idea quickly and easily. (Possibly a Korg Kross 2) Going in the DAW direction kind of intimidated me due to the learning curve involved but after researching I have changed my mind and I think I will avoid the keyboard workstation and instead spend the money on an Imac along side a keyboard controller. I'm guessing most of you are going to agree with that decision?Now I have to figure out the best and cheapest Imac that will fit my needs. There is a website called https://www.krcs.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=imac I found an Imac on that site that I'm thinking of purchasing. I pasted the specs below. I guess I have two questions... 1. Any advice on the specs below. Are they adequate? Do I need more or less? Should I worry about the 18 month demonstration issue which accounts for the large discount? 2. Any feed back about buying an Imac from that website? It comes with a 6 month warranty + thorough inspection. I am on a VERY limited budget so I really need to make a smart decision. I don't want to overpay for a spec that I don't really need but I'm not really sure what I do need so I'm hoping you all can help me with that. My budget is about $3500 for the whole studio such as mic, interface, keyboard controller, Monitor, DAW software, etc. (I'm guessing Logic Pro X is my best option)? Again... any feedback on getting my home studio up and running would be gratefully appreciated. Cheers, C. (Thank you for taking the time to read this) IMAC SPECS BELOW.... These are 18 month old ex-demonstration units from KRCS high street stores. They are in excellent condition - boxed and complete with all accessories and have a six month KRCS warranty for peace of mind. Stock is very limited and will not be replenished. The new Apple iMac with Retina display’s performance is at an all-time high. With faster Intel Core processors - the new powerful Radeon Pro 500 series graphics - Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) connectivity and a stunning Retina 5K display that is 43 per cent brighter and supports one billion colours. The new iMac really does shine. This configuration features a powerful 3.4Ghz Quad i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and a huge - fast 1TB Fusion hard drive. The 27-inch (diagonal) 5120x2880 Retina 5K display is connected to the AMD Radeon 570 graphics card with 4GB memory. This wide-screen beauty ships with a Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard as well as having two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports for versatile connectivity.