Christmas has come a little early in our house. I've been "window" shopping far too long for an audio interface to use with my MBP13. I finally pulled the trigger on the Presonus 1818vsl. The 8 mic pres are for peace of mind. I'm not likely to need them all at once for a while, but they may reduce the amount of plugging and re-plugging. Another idea is to stereo mic everything--I'll need more mics. There's even a free control surface app I can run on my iPad3. I've hooked it all up. The ML drivers are solid. It came bundled with Studio One 2.5 Artist. I'll fool around with that for a while. I'd like to get LogicX when it arrives. Wow, the headphone amp has power! I'm just a DIY home musician these days (married, we have 7 month old, I'm finishing a degree) but I'm not without knowledge and skill. Music theory is a hobby of mine; I compose; I sing; I play bluegrass, jazz, Old-time, and contemporary styles on various instruments. I can't wait to start putting projects together! I'll update you all as I gain experience. Do I have to wrap it back up until Dec 25?