I have been dabbling with recording my music for years. I've never gone gung ho on it, but I've bought some nice equipment over the years hoping to get rolling. In the past, I've used Cubase LE4 I got with a Tascam bundle. It worked well, but ever since I've gotten Windows 7, it hasn't worked right. I tried the trail of Cubase 5, but NEVER got it working...hopefully I can be re-paid for the USB license. Currently, I am using a Tascam DP-008 Pocketstudio. I love it, very handy for rehearsals and ideas. I now want to work fully on songs, and produce great results. As crazy as this sounds, can I do this with the Tascam and not a computer? A little about my "process." I am a multi-musician. I play guitar, bass, drums, keys, and sing. I record everything naturally...I'm not into loops or anything. Real drums, that kinda stuff. I have various mics... SM57, CAD kick drum mic, couple condensers, couple dynamics. Again, I use the pocketstudio. I think I need a good mixer for recording drums, considering the pocketstudio can only record 2 tracks at a time. What is a good mixer, possibly under $250-300, that has EQ, phantom power, and is the best for the money? Also, is there a device that could double as a mixer/preamp? Basically, I'm wanting a product to record drums, has effects for vocals and other stuff, and is affordable and will produce a decent sound. I want to put effort in this time, and I think the right equipment will help me. Thank you for reading my LONG post, and any help will be appreciated. Thanks.