the firepod and my laptop sounds so good that i see no need to go to a studio and spend the ridiculous money they want. i understand that most studios have great preamps and speakers and blah blah, but i'll trade it for my own equipment and the convenience of crafting our songs without some engineer telling me what the song does or doesn't need. i sit in my bathrobe, drink coffee and mix songs...I LOVE IT!!! who else has turned the corner and decided to take control of recording and mixing their own music?!?!