A couple of years ago I posted here looking for help getting things rolling for my then 13-year old son and I recording. You all got us moving with our 2011 iMac, GarageBand, a USB mic, a USB "Rocksmith" cable, our existing low-end Grado cans, etc. so we were able to figure some things out without spending a lot of money. We've learned a lot about what we enjoy doing, how our "process" works, what we can/can't do in the space we have, etc. and are ready to take the next step. Here's kind of how we work and what our constraints are: We are hobbyists...it's something to do together Record one part at a time Use a lot of loops and samples Limited to about a 10' by 10' space that we have to "clean up" when we're not using it (my office...work from home a lot right now) No real acoustic treatment in the room We're pretty tech savvy Already have a solid foundation of electric guitars/amps and an upright piano that is just a mic cable run from the desk Somewhat portable is good...the master closet is a pretty quiet place to record from so being able to grab a few things with the MacBook and head in there easily is useful Metal, Rock, Grunge, Punk, Blues and some R&B, Hip Hop around the edges Since my last post we upgraded to a 2017 iMac and added an Arturia MiniLab MkII as our MIDI controller. The Arturia is great and we probably haven't fully "outgrown" GarageBand yet. Given our comfort level with the software Logic is probably our next step and all we'd ever need. The USB mic is pretty terrible and the "Rocksmith" cable leaves a lot to be desired (esp. latency) so those need to be replaced. Looking for feedback on key next additions and things we aren't thinking of: Mics - We are thinking SM57 and Rode NT-1 to cover a lot of ground for reasonable money. Like guitars, my thought is to cover the standards with quality stuff that I'll keep forever (in guitar world that means a Tele, a Strat, an LP, etc.). Want something that I am likely to keep and use forever even if this hobby ebbs and flows. Cables and stands - Assuming just some decent quality 20' cables and a boom stand and a smaller stand for guitar cab will be sufficient? Monitors - Very small space (near field) and pretty low sound levels just for our workflow. Have to pull double duty for games, streaming, music, and this hobby. Thinking JBL 104BT that I can get a deal on. Looking for "just adequate" here...can get spendy later if we stick with it. Just looking to take a step up from the built in speakers of the iMac. Headphones - Keep using my old open-backed Grado SR60 headphones. We don't *think* we need something with isolation because we don't do "real" percussion and don't worry about bleed-through on vocals (yet!) or can "fake it" with AirPods when one of the little girls wants to sing (ages 4-12). Interface - I am thinking of splurging a bit and getting the Universal Audio Arrow. It has enough inputs, I think, for the way we play and the ability to expand with the plug ins, processing power, etc. seems like something fun to experiment with and learn about. I know I could save some money and go with a Focusrite Solo or similar but believe this might open up some new things to dabble with... Thoughts? What are we not thinking of? Any sure regrets in the list above? Thanks!