I record acoustic guitar and vocals so I don't need much in the way of channels but I want pro sound. So here's my idea. I was thinking of getting a mac mini along with an mbox and a decent mic for demos and then when I've got my vocals down, renting somthing like A Sony C-800-6 ($10,000 mic I found renting for 100 dollars a day) along with a good tube mic pre amp like a neve or voxbox ($5000 preamps for about $50 a day) Then I'd take my Pro tools "studio friendly tracks" to a professional for mastering. My question is will an awesome Preamp and Mic like that be wasted on an mbox? Does the mbox even have a line in for a preamp??? (I'm very new) If the mbox/protools idea doesn't jive with what i'm looking to rent what other daw/soundcard/interface would you recommend? I leaned towards protools because I know it's a studio friendly format for mastering and the mbox because I only need two channels. Any advice is greatly appreciated, Thanks!