after reading some of these posts, its clear that you all like to beat the mole back in his hole for asking for broad advice. so if a grand stroke of advice is not your thing, then move along. i have recorded on 4-tracks my whole life because i felt i was keepin it real, man. i recently entered this world of using my computer and have one question to start off, and if anyone can help i would greatly appreciate it......... are soundcards more important than software? if i have an inferior program, is a great soundcard moot? told ya, i know nothing. i have no clue how to type that all into google. anyway, i just dont want to go spend more money on one than the other and be disappointed. so, if you feel like guiding my first step, please dont hesitate. thank you. ps-i am looking to record guitar, vocals and use my computer as a recording unit/sequencer and an expensive metronome.