ruuss wrote:Dave, if you could please rovide some guidance and insight of which software would be easiest to begin with and if you think I shoud get an Apogee with breakout cable and use the Event as a door stopper?
Use Logic Express, it has a great software compressor, and when in the future you're ready to move up, buy Logic Pro. While I often recommend the Duet, I think you're looking at it for the wrong reasons, I don't think it will be any easier to set up than your MOTU.
What I'd recommend is to try to stick to what you have for now, and make it work. There's no reason you can't, and I don't think anything else out there is going to be any easier. So even if once it works, you decide, for whatever reason, that you'd rather use another DAW or another interface, at least you'll be doing it for the right reasons, and you'll have learned how to set up a DAW with hardware.
So yes, MOTU Traveler + Logic Express sounds like a great combo to get started.