Well.. I've been putting off this hobby for a LONG time (couple of years), because I don't know what to get. So hopefully I can FINALLY get an answer and start pursuing a little of my dream of making music. so can I get some advice on my potential setup? I really don't want to spend a lot, as this is 'hopefully' an upcoming hobby. I just want to try it out, see how creative I can get, and just record some songs me and my roommate think of on our spare time 'for fun'. Recording Type (Genre): -Guitar (acoustic guitar and electric distorted guitar) (Metal,Rock,Country) -Rap (downloaded instrumental + our vocals) My Current Setup: Computer with Windows 7 X-FI Platinum with Audio Bay for Recording (Too sucky for recording?) Acoustic Guitar Shure PG58 Microphone 2 Electric Guitars hooked up to a BOSS GT-8 Pedal' Yamaha Digital Piano So in total, we have (3) 1/4" Plugs And for the microphone, a XLR input. I don't really want to do an effects outside of using computer software, so what do I need to 'connect' everything together? A mixer? When I looked at prices for those, they can get pretty high. But since I don't want to do much effects other than volume, highs, and lows, is there anything within a beginner's budget you can advise me to purchase? I plan to use Adobe Soundbooth/Cool Edit to record, then do the effects and editing with the software. Whether or not I decide to pursue to start a musical hobby and see if anything happens decides on if I can find suitable parts to purchase. Thanks a LOT for your help.