I've done my share of recording in "real" studios and I've also had situations where someone has brought their computer into my home rehearsal studio, plugged into my board and recorded here. Up to now I've resisted joining the home recording revolution myself. I'm pretty busy with various bands and having the capability to do this myself has become overwhelmingly tempting. So... The good news is that I own a semi-decent board, a Presonus studiolive 16.4.2., a Presonus HP60 six channel headphone amp, lots of microphones (mostly Shure Beta 58s, Beta 57s, SM57s AKG D112s...), a couple of Countryman DI boxes and a well stocked music store worth of Drums, basses, guitars and amplification. I'm figuring on buying a used or possibly new laptop (at least to start) to use as the platform for my DAW. I'm leaning toward a laptop as it would be nice to make this as portable as possible. I'm not sure how far to go with the computer itself and I have yet to decide what recording software that I want to use. I know that down the road I'll likely buy some good condenser mics, outboard preamps and the like. For now I just need to get started. Suggestions?