you all know i think it all (digital audio) sounds bad. so my philosophy is to go as cheap as possible. cheap converters, cheap DAWs /software and there isn't anything cheaper than free, is there? you're going to toss it in the bin in a few short years, just about the time you've figured out how to use it fully, so why invest on something that's in the bin or a digital door stop? it's nice to have the best, but unless someone's sending you free stuff, it doesn't any make sense to me to put out a lot of hard earned cash on it. cheap freeware isn't always bad. i used to run windoze but after 3 or 4 hd failures i switched to Linux. no more problems. free can be good!