So, I want to start recording really soon. I want to record acoutsic guitar/electric guitar/ and vocals...I've talked to several friends who know some things about recording so they said all I needed was a mic, mixer, cables, stand, and computer. My understanding is that you run it like this: mic--> cable --> mixer --> cable --> computer -->software Is this right? If so, I'm thinking about getting these things: Microphone: MXL 990 Condenser Microphone (http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MXL-MXL-990-Condenser-Microphone-with-Shockmount?sku=273156) Mixer: 1. Samson MDR 6 Input 4 Channel (http://www.samash.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_MDR6 6 Input 4 Channel Mixer_-1_10052_10002_-49966759_cmCategorySA182831) or 2. Yamaha MG102C (http://www.samash.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_MG102C 10 Channel Mixer_-1_10052_10002_-49984976_cmCategorySA182831) or 3. Some Behringer mixers: (http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-Xenyx-1002?sku=631264) (http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-Xenyx-1002?sku=631264) (http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-Xenyx-1002FX?sku=631266) or 4. Peavey PV6 (http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-PV6-Mixer?sku=631366) Cables: No idea...not even what type Software: I'll probably get protools...i dont know Computer : Just an HP dv7 laptop What I'm confused about is that some people said that I need a preamp...but aren't preamps already in the mixers? Or do I just need a preamp instead of a mixer? Please help. Thanks.