I am, as usual, somewhere in the middle of all this! :-P For my own personal tastes, having the ability to record music at home at my own pace is ideal, but only to a point. I also must agree that to record any music that is actually played by human beings and not a computer requires assistance from people who have skills. That being said, my plan would be to use the technology to get (musical) ideas down and use the digital format to play with these ideas to further develop them, in essence using the technology for pre-production purposes. Perhaps over time I can use the same technology to make a decent demo recording. However, once I was ready to record a proper and official "album" of music, with the best possible quality, then it would be time to call in the cavalry. And, by that time, there would also be a clear path to follow, so as to minimize expensive studio time. I would likely already know what would sound best in any given application. Although I don't have an iPod or similar digital player yet, I like the idea of casual listening of music almost anywhere using a small device like an iPod. However, typically at home, I would likely still prefer listening to the same music on CD. Part of it is packaging. Having grown up partly in the 70s as well as the 80s, I have long pined for the cool packaging (i.e. art, photos, lyrics, etc.) that was once part of the LP record album cover and sleeve. If it were financially feasible to do so, I think it would be neat to put out some music on vinyl, as a "special limited edition" for my "die-hard" fans, complete with full-blown artwork (anybody got Roger Dean's email address? LOL). Of course, with the length of music CDs these days, it would be at least a double-LP album! Happy Holidays, Bill ********************** "The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted." -- spoken by Lorenzo in 'The Merchant of Venice'; Act V, Scene 1, by William Shakespeare ********************** Bill Kargel Email me at wkargel@xxxxxxxxx or wkargel@xxxxxxxxxxx Visit my homepage at http://www.geocities.com/wkargel You can find links to my blogs online with my latest news at http://www.geocities.com/wkargel/News.html --------------------------------- Never miss a thing. Make Yahoo your homepage.