**This is a copy from the Recording Instruments Forum. I do not know if it is allowed to duplicate but I figured that I may get more accurate responses here. Mods, feel free to delete if you take offence to this - thanks. Hi there! I'm pretty new to audio recording...So new that I have no gear. I currently have a great fast iMac with Logic Pro 9 installed. I will be recording a lot of bass guitar and most likely using two monitors to practice lightly on in my bedroom. I would like some recommendations. My needs are not drastic as I will most likely just record electric guitars, basses, my double bass (mic'd) and some synth/moog keyboards. I will record one instrument at a time. My budget for the Audio Interface is $500 dollars. I have been recommended the MOTU 4pre and PreSonus Firestudio Mobile. Any thoughts between these two or are there better options? I like the LOOK of the Motu better, it's more expensive but the Presonus seems more functional. It has midi in/out (I have no idea what that would be useful for) and it also has the inputs through the front. I however cannot find out what the signal to noise ratio is for either unit. In terms of monitors, I think that two 8" should be okay to record a double bass and bass guitars on with the possibility of using them as practice/reference monitors? My budget for 2 monitors is 1200 inclusive. Any advice? Thanks in advance!!