I've been a drummer and guitarist for about 9 years, just in school and as a hobby. I got Reason 6 and an Axiom 25 MIDI controller not long ago and I'm having lots of fun making music but I'm looking to get a couple more things and I have some questions. First of all, when I first got my midi controller it had some lag and it took me a good day or two to figure out that I needed ASIO and what it was. So now I have ASIO4ALL and when I start up Reason it knows to use it and everything works great. However, while I'm working on a track in Reason, I often like to tab over to my browser to listen to some music or watch some tutorials or just take a break and go on Facebook or whatever. But ASIO4ALL takes over my soundcard and I don't get sound out of anything but Reason. This isn't horrible, but it's just annoying. I have to bring up the little ASIO4ALL window, disable sound for Reason, and re-enable it for my regular soundcard. I'm not sure if I have this right, but I think if I got an audio interface (with midi), it would handle the midi, so that I don't have to use ASIO4ALL and yet still get no lag.... and then I could have sound come from Reason AND my browser. Can anyone confirm or deny? I don't need a lot of inputs. In my near future I see me maybe using this for up to 2 mics, 2 guitars at once. And of course I'd like it to have midi-in. What I know about audio interfaces? You want good preamps for mics and instruments. Something about DAC's. You need at least 16 bit depth for CD quality and a sample rate of 44.1khz. That's about it. So, yeah, while I'm at it, looking for an interface for midi that is, I figured I'd get one that's decent for my electric guitar as well. And I'd also like to get a mic so I can maybe try some vocals or record my friends, or maybe some acoustic guitar, sample some drum hits or claps... maybe record a tambourine, etc. I don't know a lot about mics. I've read that condenser mics catch a lot more sound and frequencies and are better for vocals and dynamic mics are more focused and not quite as good sound quality but they're more durable. After a little researching I've found 4 mics that seem to be fairly good and recommended for beginners: Shure SM57 (Dynamic) Shure SM58 (Dynamic) Behringer C-1 (Condenser) MXL V67G (Condenser) Any input would be helpful, thanks. My price ranges are not concrete, I'm open to more ideas if they're worth the cost.