well...the hardware portion of my studio is almost complete computer is built and running incredibly stable, even overclocked a smidge with no adverse effects (xp 1700+ @ 1.8 ghz) just bought an M-Audio omni studio off ebay should be getting a pair of M-Audio SP-5b's from mf (for $199, i can't see anything better), an oxygen8, and probably a rode nt-1 in the near future as well plus, my buddy is getting a motu 896 that i'll be able to use for doing drums/live recording needless to say, i'm pumped but the time has come to decide what kind of audio program to use. i've been a vegas user for my whole computer recording career, and have vegas 3 currently, but after trying acid 4 and vegas 4 beta i'd have to say i'm a little disappointed. the one thing that i want to be able to use is softsynths and vst effects like amplitube, and you can't do that in vegas. in acid you can use softsynths, but the midi support is pretty weak IMO, and i hate how acid works. yet they didn't put any of the soft synth stuff in vegas (maybe it's pending for the full release??? i hope). i suppose i COULD bounce between acid, fruity loops, and vegas - but that's a PITA. i want ONE program that handles everything. so, using a pc, what are my options for recording software. i have a bunch of vst plugins i use in fruity loops, and i'd like to have access to all of that but have the nice multitrack recording and editing like vegas has. i'm thinking cubase or protools...i guess? i dunno, tell me what you use and how much you like it.