So this is all only a plan boiling down in my head - just trying to get another diagnosis if this would be any good or not. I dont have anything outboard except for a mastering route with a EQ and a compressor to MD and back to PC. What I'm planning now is -getting a MIDI controller and a software sampler -a rack synth (been keeping my eye on waldorf q rack) since i'm no keyboard player -1 or 2 effect units, mainly a verb and a dynamic processor. -a mixer to connect it all The way i'm planning is that everything, even pc outputs (8 of them via ADAT and converter) will go to the mixer, and from there i can use the fx units via mixer inserts or aux sends whichever, i'll get a patchbay for that. The mixer will route a mix to my monitors and a similar one to this master route (EQ & comp) and finally to MD. Then when a track is "finished" i digitally record it back to the computer. I really dont know if this is the "proper" way to connect stuff together, i could do it hardware -> mixer -> sequencer (pc) instead of this sequencer & hardware -> mixer i'm now planning. Insights, comments, anything? And how are the midi latencies in these modern times we live in, are they too small to notice or still apparent even with modern pc calculating power?