I've been reading a bunch of these forums for a while now, trying to figure out how to get a little studio set up. I am completely new at this, but I'm really excited about giving it a try...the problem is that I have no idea what I'm doing. From what I've been able to gather, I should start with an SM57 and/or 58, a mic pre, a real soundcard (gonna miss my sb16 with 775ms latency), and software (I gave in to impulsiveness and bought Cubase). The thing I have not been able to figure out is what exactly the purpose of a mixer is when I already have Cubase. Is it just a luxury, only there because using the mouse gets tedious? It has also proved impossible to figure out which soundcard to get. I want a lot of inputs; I'd like to be able to record a couple of guitars, a bass, and a drumset at once. My thought is this: when I can afford to get the mics, I'd like to be able to use them without buying a new soundcard! I'd like to spend less than $1000 US on the soundcard, and will be using win2000. The MOTU 2408 mkII was looking great until I read about their customer support and hatred of windows. One last thing, which I realize is perhaps the ultimate newbie question: what is the difference between an analog and digital input? My level of knowledge seems to be so low that my questions aren't really addressed, everyone already knows the answers! Thanks for reading this and for any help you can give, I didn't realize how much I had to ask until I started typing!