Hi, Newbie hear and completely new to the home recording world however after never being happy with the rushed time frame and arsehole producers of studio recording I have decided to become somewhat a hermit and study the art of recording. I am a singer songwriter / multi instrumentalist of an indie / psychedelic / pop / grunge ilk ..... however I am not technically minded. I have purchased a mac and got the old logic 9 along with a teach yourself logic style book and a book called 'Guerilla Home Recording' to help me out with the gear / set up side of things to get a good professional sound on budget. However I am already a little confused by the gear it states... it says all you need are as follows - -Condenser Mic - Dynamic Mic - A mixing board - A Direct box - Compressor - Expander - Headphones - A good reverb Now I have £1000 to get all of this. What is is stumping me though is I've heard you NEED an audio interface yet there is no mention of this in the books set up.... I thought an audio interface WAS a mixing board / DI box used to get your audio onto the computer in good fashion. ? Am I right? Is this book maybe just a bit old school? Should I use an interface, mixing board & DI box? Ok and just one more question, my friend has a couple of items that may be of interest to me but he to is not a technically minded person and has lucked upon these items with no ambition to use them so he has offered them both to me for £300.... the items are a Lexicon MPX1 reverb unit and a Presonus acp88 compressor / gate. Are these good units and is £300 a good price? Also gate is an expander right>? Quite a few questions but would really appreciate any answers you can help out with and please do recommend me any gear you feel would be good for my cause. Thanks so much and I may be around often! Rufio P.S. Im guessing you cant get an interface / compressor / expander / rever all in one kinda thing?