Hi, I'm a college student and I've been writing and recording music for years. However, being on a budget, the extent of my recording has involved plugging a computer mic into the line-in of my PC and recording through Adobe Audition. The software is great, but my soundcard is lacking, which leaves me frustrated, because I would like better quality results. I want to get a better sound without having to go overboard with equipment, because I'm not looking to start building a studio or anything super complicated - just something that'll get crisper, clearer and louder recordings from mics or directly inputted guitar. The more I record things as it is now, the more frustrated I get as my ears get pickier and I realize I could probably upgrade my situation and get better quality recordings. I was told to look into getting an external preamp, and then that led me to looking into mixers, but I have NO idea what's best for me and what'll be too much, and what simple equipment can get me enough of a result. I figured you guys would know... any advice would be appreciated, thanks!