Just beginning to get into recording. Looking to record some of my own music. Here's what I am working with: PC running Windows 7 Home Premium AMD Athlon II X2 215 processor 2.70 GHz 64-bit 8 GB RAM (can increase if significantly improves quality) For DAW, I plan to use Audacity or LMMS for now. Just need to pick the best audio interface I can get right now. Trying to decide myself, but would be helpful if those more knowledgeable in this stuff help me pick the best out of the bunch. My main goal is to get the best, clear, good sound recordings for what I can afford. Please no comments saying you can't get any good quality for that cheap. I know I should save up for better gear, but I am deciding to get gear now. If you are not going to be helpful, please don't bother. The microphones I am still deciding on. Recommendations are appreciated, under $80 each please (Dynamic and Condenser XLR). Yes, I know, I am very "cheap", not everyone has the luxury to spend so much. I want the interface to connect through USB. Prefer to not have to install a card into my actual computer, like a internal soundcard. Want at least 1 XLR mic input, but prefer 2 XLR inputs. Has to have +48v phantom power (all the ones I will list have phantom power). Still not 100% sure what a preamp is, but I supposed it would be useful if it included a built-in one. All extras are just a bonus. All I plan to record and hook up is my vocals, a ukulele and a acoustic guitar, all separately plus my headset (don't have monitors/speakers yet, but would like the posibilty to set up in the future). So out of these options, which one should I get for the best, clear, good sound recording? I will list the price I can get the interface for, but is not a deciding factor as all I will list are potential ones I would buy. So I basically know the features, but the actual specs of the product determining the quality of the product, I am not sure of. Looking for a good interface under $110. If there are more channel interfaces, but have more "interference" noises, I would rather get the one with less channels and less bad noise. I suppose all fit my needs, just need to figure which is best to get. To my knowledge the first 4 are best? EMU 0404. Can get for $90. Says 24-bit/192KHz, but I think it actaully breaks down to 92KHz? Amazon.com: E-MU 0404 USB Audio Interface: Musical Instruments Focusrite 2i2. Can get for $90(Dead Link Removed) M Audio Fast Track Pro. Can get for $75. Amazon.com: M-Audio Fast Track Pro 4x4 Mobile USB Audio/MIDI Interface with Preamps: Musical Instruments Lexicon Lambda. There is one for $40, but can get for $75 if that one is sold. Lambda | Lexicon Pro - Legendary Reverb and Effects Alesis iO2. Can get for $80(Dead Link Removed) Tascam US122. Can get for $55. Amazon.com: Tascam US122 Audio/MIDI Interface with Free Software: Musical Instruments Can get for $50. Amazon.com: Pyle-Pro PAD10MXU 2 Channel Mini Mixer With USB Audio Interface: Musical Instruments New Pyle PAD20MXU 5 Channel Rechargeable Audio Mixer w USB Audio Interface | eBay Amazon.com: Behringer 302USB Premium 5-Input Mixer with XENYX Mic Preamp and USB/Audio Interface: Musical Instruments Amazon.com: ART Tube MP Project Series Microphone Preamp: Musical Instruments Art USB Mix 3 Channel Audio Mixer with Computer Interface Usbmix | eBay Sorry, just tired of reading comments of people downing others for getting lesser gear. Giving knowledge as to why not or to get something better and still answering the question is greatly appreciated, but talking down I don't like. So if you do want to say a certain brand or product is no good, tell me why it isn't. Said this to hopfully get more helpful answers and less down talk. Thanks to those who are helpful. Your help is very much appreciated. **EDIT/UPDATE:** Thanks for all the great informative answers everyone. The type of music I am going to make is mixed, from singing, Reggae, Rap, Hip Hop, R&B and whatever I feel like really. Beats made with acoustic guitar and ukulele, but mainly from computer programs. I know there are more expenses on other piece of equipment I need. I just want to know what gear I should get for the best, clear, good sound recording quality I can get. For mics I want get them under $80 each. Audio Interface for under $110.