#1
Ok first of all I will state what I want.

I want to focus more on quality of sound of the fx system. Ie more real amp than digital. So more of a focus on the amp modelling than the FX?

But Im on a real tight budget.

So

I have a new laptop, so thats the puter done.

I have a telecaster which Im about to route for a humbucker, will chuck in a high output HB which I will split if I ever want SC in the bridge (not really my thing). Mostly play metal and hendrix/classic rock.

I am going to buy some behringer ms40s as they are cheap where I am ($250AU).

I am looking at a Vox tonelab St for $400AU

Will use Audacity because thats all Im familiar with.

I have a cheap pair of senn headies but in 6 months will probably buy a pair of HD280.

I want to be able to play without the lappy being on, hence the powered monitors. I also want to be able to monitor while I record to my lappy.
So will rung the tonelab straight to the monitors and USB to the lappy.

Are these solid choices based on my very low budget?
#3
That looks good. You won't be able to tweak the sound after you record, but I think you're fine with that. Those MS40's are pretty low-range, but perfect for what you need. Just remember you won't be able to "mix" with audacity, so no pro-quality tracks - you'll get out exactly what you put in.
#4
im totally new to it all as you can tell.

so should i try something new outside audacity?

my main thing is more to be able to play as i dont have ability to play real loud (and cant afford a great amp anyway). but also to record so i can judge myself. and then maybe apply some production if i ever felt the need. but doubt it.

thanks heaps