[quote:9c19f063a5="papaul"]it's awesome... it's protools for christ sake.[/quote:9c19f063a5]
Without getting into an argument about which software package is the best, because that is ultimately futile, there really is no great advantage or prestige from having the "lite" home version of Pro Tools.
The reason Pro Tools has a name for itself is because of the HD systems (or the "mix" systems that proceeded them to be accurate) which have hardware accelerated DSP on board their cards which takes the load off the computer for all the mixing and processing tasks. It also has very low latency.
But a decent spec'd entry level HD system is upwards of £5,000
With the power that mulit-core computers are providing these days most of the advantages Pro Tools systems offered are slowly being leveled out and the choice comes down to preference of the feel of the software interface and the slight difference in features between them all.
To come back to the point, I'm a fan of the Motu interfaces personally as I've been using them a long time now. I'm also a long time user of Cubase and I have no impulse to change to anything else.
The important questions before any recommendation however are :
1. Are you using a PC or Mac?
2. What recording do you want to do with it exactly?
If you are tracking live rock bands on a PC you'd need a different suggestion altogether than if you were creating dance music on a Mac.
Well, I have a PC and a Mac (soon at least). I want something thats just a good all rounder for amplifying my laptop when using Ableton or doing real time effects and recording guitar. (again with ableton.)