I want to utilize a computer for recording; have been using a Tascam neo2488 "studio in a box." Oh, it's driving me crazy. Nothing is easy or convenient on there. I really long for the days of an actual physical, knob eq in my fingers. Can I get a little mixing board, run mics in to that, and then run from the board in to a computer with "DAW?" What's the best way to do this? Mainly looking at tracking, 1 or 2 at a time: guitar and vocal, maybe 2 guitars. Total 6-10 tracks per project. My current computer available: laptop, i7 quadcore @ 2.3 GHz. No firewire port, but the "newfangled" usbs; upgraded graphics card with NVIDIA Geforce GT; 7200 RPM HD; 8 GB RAM; Running Windows 8 Pro 64bit. So, can this be computer "handle" digital recording without the fallout and other issues I've read about? I'm thinking about the Sonar X2 just to get started with software. Good choice or bad? Any other suggestions regarding how to get started quick and easy? Thanks for your feedback in advance!