I reread my last post and realized that I am an idiot. So I deleted it. I'm looking at buying an interface and preamp. I can go up to $1000. I only really need four channels. However, I need equipment capable of giving me reasonably high quality sound. I'm running a PC based setup with Nuendo as my primary editing software. A lot of people on this board use external mixers, but in every studio project i've ever done the mixing was done using the computer and a control surface. What's up with that? Is the M-Audio Delta1010 decent? What about the Mackie Onyx 400F? It comes with 4 Onyx preamps onboard... but for $600 it can't be all that it claims... can it? I already have a great condenser mic and an SM57 Equipment recomendations and anti-recomendations would be incredibly helpful.