Hello folks. I came here in hopes of finding some answers from experienced folks in this vast realm of recording. Hopefully, that'll happen. First off, I'm a guitar player/singer. I pretty much started to 'build' a studio setup over the past few months to explore the recording side of things. Anyway, my primary objective is to record good electric guitar, acoustic guitar and vocals. I do not have drums, so I'll just be sticking with loops for the time being. Bass will more than likely be either loops, or I'll pick up a cheapy and run direct. All of this happens in a basic living room by the way, nothing fancy. Carpeted floors, drywall walls....so everything for now is close mic'd. I do however have hardwoods in other rooms in my house, so if/when the time comes, I may explore moving some amps in and record there. So, here's my setup thus far: 20" iMac 2.16 CPU, 2G RAM Yamaha HS80M monitors Apogee duet Shure SM57, SM58 Garage Band (Duh) The immediate future (this week) for me holds an external HD and Logic Express. So for the most part I've just been tooling around in GB to 'get the hang of things'. Things that I'd like to have but don't want to put the cart before the horse (this is where you can step in and help): *For vocals and/or acoustic guitar the AT4040 or 4050 OR a Baby Bottle perhaps...not sure which, but I'm leaning towards the AT's based on my research, though I have used the BB before and it didn't suck. *For electric (beyond the 57), CAD Trion 7000 and the MD421. *Preamps...UGH my head is spinning. UA SOLO110/610/DCS Remote preamp OR Great River ME-1NV. Really, I'm pretty wiped on this, I have no idea where to start. FWIW I like older recordings like Pink Floyd, later era The Beatles, etc....not too much 'modern' sounding stuff, though to have the ability to record as such if/when the time presented itself is not a bad idea. Overall my budget is pretty flexible. I'm not rich, but I do gig regularly so I have a few hundred buck each month of expendable income that I can put towards this stuff. That being said, I want to keep things under reasonable control, but I don't mind splurging if or when it may be necessary and worth the money. So, any advice or assistance that you all can throw my way in regards to the "what's" and "when's" would be quite appreciated. And by the way, I'm wicked open minded with all of this....not really hard set on anything, but suggestions do need to be substantiated (to a point)....if you know what I mean. Thank you in advanced!