Oh, really? Try finding a 16 track studio quality analog tape machine (including hiss, generation degradation, wow and flutter, etc.) for less than that. Ok, maybe a quarter million, but still. . . Now add a few racks of processors and effects. The point I'm trying to make is that you can get good digital equipment that enables you to record with the equivalent or better quality of good old analog gear for a fraction of the price. Sure, 15-20 yrs. ago, we could've jumped on the ADAT bandwagon, which would've run us about $25K for a minimal 16 tk. setup with only the vital processing. We looked at that and decided to wait. . . With the Mac, we have as many tracks as we need, a rackful of processors, minimal distortion, no degradation. . . Apples and oranges.