I finally decided that me and my brothers need our own recording setup. I'm looking into a computer rig (for a macbook pro) but don't even know where to start. I need to know step by step what kind of hardware/software/misc equipment i need. From the pros and cons of Logic and Pro Tools to the DAC and preamp, mic, etc. I'm looking to record three/four part vocal harmonies with piano, guitars, bass, string quartets, drums, (the real instruments - not their electronic equivalents,) and occasionally other instruments as well. (It doesn't have to be all at once -- for instance I would layer the string quartet over the previously recorded vocals over the previously recorded piano/guitar etc.) I'm looking at spending ~5 grand for the whole rig (not including computer), although if you want to mention what an ideal (more expensive) setup would be, it would still be informative.
Thanks a lot!