Hi I'm sick of using the tascam protastudio and looking to finally move into the digital age of recording. So I'm looking to upgrade to a "somewhat professional" set up that I can record my band with so we can record an album ourselves. I'm working with a stock Dell Dimension 3000 (running windows xp) that will eventually be upgraded, and I also have all the drum, vocal, and instrument mics that I'm going to need for now. I plan on purchasing Pro Tools M-Powered 8, because I'll be running various programs inside of it (triggers, digital effects, ect.) and I hear it handles it very well. The digital interface is where I'm a little lost. From what I understand, the interface acts as your sound card and mixes and transfers the sound to the computer? For the interface, I need one with 8 inputs so we can track drums. I was looking at the M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R USB Interface. I've heard the quality is very good for the money. As far as I can tell, this should all be compatible, but as I said, I'm new at this. I want to get decent equipment so I can expand my setup rather than replace it. Thoughts? What would you do differently?