Hi a been playing bass for at least some 8 years, but my recording equipment knowledge is very small. I will really apreciate all the help that you could give me since I am kind of new to the recording stuff. I been doing some research and finally narrow my search to the following options -mbox 2 -e-mu 1616 or 1616M dont know the differance -presonus firebox, will prefer the firepod couse of the more inputs, but its a little bit over my price range. -maudio 1814 firewire My intentations are to create a small recording studio at my house, the 8 simultaneas inputs of the firepod arent that necessary for me right now, since I wont be recording drums. I just need to be able to obtain a high quality sound, and some extras options such as a midi. What is the diferance between th e-emu 1616 and the 1616M. Of dose 4 which would you choose, I know it seems more like a usb vs pcmia vs firewire connection type thing. I know that the mbox comes with protools which is a great software, with the other two I wont be able to use pro tools. it seems to me that emu is the best one in quality and options, but whats getting me hook on the mbox is the software issue, even though its a le version, i wont have any comptability problems if i decide to record the drums, in a pro studio, and then record the rest of the instruments at my house, since almost all studios use pro tools. I will be using a inspiron 9300 laptop from dell, with 2 gigas of ram and a 2.0 ghz pentium M procesor. Thanks for taking the time to read and answer all my questions.