I am not sure whether or not to buy a nice sound card and run directly into my computer or buy a digital recorder. I will give you my equipment info and what it is exactly I am trying to accomplish. P4 - 3.2 Processor 80 - gig hardrive 1 - GB or PC 3200/400 mhz DDR ram Sound card - SoundMAX Digital Audio (came with computer) As for software I have: Cakewalk's Homestudio 2002 Sound Forge 7.0 Not sure which of those is better. I also have a Behringer UB802 Mixer and a MXL 990 Condensor Mic. Thats it! Should I invest in a digital recording consule or just get a upgraded sound card? What are the pluses and minuses of both? Based on what equipment I got what would be the best route to take? Also next thing I plan on buying is the FMR RNC-1773 compressor. I am going to be laying down vocals, guitar for the most part. I will be making cd's but mostly just for family and friends. Any suggestions would be very appreciated.