Assistance with the chain of devices in a recording studio I am considering revamping my recording studio and need some assistance with the chain of devices used in a quality recording environment. microphone --> preamp(s) --> A/D --> Computer --> D/A --> Monitors The above chain is what I vision but I'm having difficulty putting that into real hardware. Below are my questions: Should the A/D and the D/A sound device(s) be seperated hardware or combined? Will I be bypassing the preamps on the sound card since I want to be sure I am only using the quality preamps in the chain? Is it necessary to have an analog or digital mixing board (desk) to assist me in this chain? How important is the quality of the sound card? Does the purchase of outboard preamps make the internal sound card preamps irrelevant? If so am I then looking for a sound card without preamps? Sorry for the barrage of questions but this stuff has confused me for months now. Thanks.