This product is probably more than I require for a home studio, but it is an awesome piece of kit. Given that I bought it prior to the end of 2018, when I registered UA gave me a number of free plugins, then after I registered gave me another one! They have also given me a number of decent sized vouchers for money off more plugins. This unit processes everything itself, not the computer. As far as I can tell even using its plugins within Pro Tools does not use the computers CPU. The plugins are serious quality too as is the Apollo itself. I am really pleased to have bought this.