You know, my brief experience with Logic leaves me with two important realizations: 1) I think Logic is amazing technology and I was smart to recently opt for it over anything else. I used protools a few years ago, but frankly, with Logic and Apogee Duet, I like my workflow better as well as the sounds I am achieving. If I was a professional recording engineer, I think I'd use both protools and Logic in order to maximize my client outreach, but since I am not an engineer maybe this later statement is naive. 2) I want to minimize the amount of time I spend recording songs. I'd rather be playing and composing music than learning to be a good engineer (which I am not). I think good engineers have to spend lots of time learning and honing their craft, and even then the best ones have an innate talent and maybe special ears. I know I don't have that talent, nor the special ears, nor the time to learn. As a result of these realizations, I intend to minimize my recording time. My goals now are to simply record my vocals and guitar tracks, maybe bass too, and possibly some fiddle, and then after I complete an album's worth of work, get the raw tracks over to a professional mixing and mastering engineer for finalization. That means I don't need to buy expensive plugins or monitors or room acoustics, though I do need a good mic. What I need to concentrate on is performance while recording and making sure the recorded tracks seem noise-free and are of sufficient quality for later mixing/mastering. Even if I bought monitors and room acoustics, I don't have the training to analyze what I hear from them or know if my acoustics are properly setup, etc.. Besides, I am unable to install acoustics in my current situation (a multi-use room). Instead I am going to concentrate on the following: - get a good vocal mic. I will not buy one without first trying it on my voice, unless of course I can return it if I don't like it. I am not going to spend money on lots of mics only to discover they all sound the same or I didn't find the right one. Does any online music store allow you to return mics? - Lay good raw tracks and then simply pre-mix as best as I am able (without lots of effort or time) just to validate what I have recorded is good stuff. Of course, only the edited raw tracks will be sent out for final mixing/mastering later. I'm a musician, not an engineer. That said, I need to learn logic better so my basic recordings are of sufficient quality, and for that reason, I may be around here for a while asking dumb questions. What do you all think about that?