Well first off im new to the whole audio recording scene and I know none of the slang or lingo. Right now I have a Yamaha EMX 860st and I have it hooked up to my Hewlett Packard PC with an intergrated sound card and the program I am using Audacity. As of now im having trouble recording just voice which I will get into that in a minute. Basically what im wanting to do is be able to record voice and music. I have a two pianos, a guitar and four microphones hooked up to my EMX. I can barely run the soundboard because I don't know what half the knobs or switchs do. So with that information let me explain my problems. When I am recording just vocal, no matter how low I turn down the audio the meters still peak out. I was told that a better quality sound card would fix this so I went looking around Newegg.com and this is what I came up with. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102014 Now I heard that this was a really cheap sound card I could get good quality sound from. Im not quite sure what type of microphones I have, but I know they are nothing special (maybe $20 each I believe). So basically im wanting to know how and what I need to be able to record good quality sound from vocal and music. Also, is there any better programs than Audacity? Thanks for the help and sorry for the long post.