First, I am a complete newbie as far as recording. I just want something extremly cheap to play around with. I am a hobbiest musician, and just want something to make a record to hand out to friends. I don't need anything incredible, just a mixer and a mic or two, and the some kind of recording software. I'll probably use some cheap/free software, so that isn't really an issue, as I can find that on my own. I'm already looking at a Behringer Xenyx 802, and the older Eurorack 802. That's right at what I'm wanting to spend for the mixer. I still have an open mind, so suggestions would be appreciated. I'm looking to get out cheap on the mic dept. too. I'm hoping my vocal mic could be something like the Behringer XM8500, or something around that price range. What do you guys think? Or, should I just forget about recording myself, and just work on getting small gigs? Thanks in advance!