it may be expensive, but i really can't think of any other sole system that does what a hd3 accel system does... track counts... with resolution.... with processing power... with editing features. sure you could buy SEVERAL other items to clone what a hd system does... but why would i want to cause myself the headache of buying several manufacturers items... to complete a comparable system. in the end... you'd spend the same amount of money anyway.. example... G5 maxed out, tricked out $3500 to $4500, Waves APA processing unit WITH Waves plugs to be used $2000 to $4000, SSL duende $3000 (i believe, i'm not sure about the price) Apogee I/O cards with front interface ($2000 to $4000) depending. That does not even include teh DAW program like Logic $1000 or Nuendo $1800. all in all a close compared system costs the same as an hd sys. Dont forget trying to make all those different items to install and configure to work with each other. i got my hd3 accel sys tracking 20 minuites after installing. don't get me wrong... personally i think Digidesign as a company blows monkey nuts, but my hd3 accel system has paid for itself SEVERAL times over... while the other systems may do the same... it may take alot longer.
i ate a whole stick of butter