i posted this in another category before: Hey. New here...anyways i am looking to just start recording some audio with a microphone and i want to get a great sound but i have no idea what i need. Okay i dont want to do it with MIDI like a direct input from a guitar to my soundcard. I need to record acoustic drums which obviously dont have an input so thats why i need a mic. I have Cubase SX3 which is looking good, i have a great soundcard but i dont have anything else. Okay i know i need a good mic but this is my question...can i get a pro mic and just plug it in to my pc's pink mic input thingy?? or do i need a midi interface for that because i already have a pc mic but it aint good quality and i cant record in cubase with it anyway when i put it in the pink input thingy. Another question is...can i get a midi interface and then put a mic into that and then record with that in cubase??? i have seen the midi interfaces and i think i need the female XLR to go into the mic and then the male XLR to go into midi interface. Then i can record like that...is that right?? Please help me...thanx in advance for your help. then i got the answer:you want an audio interface to get the audio from your mic into your computer. this will function as your computer's soundcard. keep in mind what you want to record and how much you will need to record at once. for drums you will probably want to record more than one mic. and now i am saying: so i need an audio interface??? will i need a mic preamplifier?? do i get both or one or the other???