Hello everyone, this is my first post here. 8) My goal is to start a "one man band". I play guitar so I want that recorded, drums would be done through midi, and bass would either be midi or done by me DI or recorded. Since I'm a bit of a computer nerd, I already have step one complete: I have an extremely capable computer that will be able to handle anything I throw at it. This is running Vista if you were wondering (the only "uncapable" part ) So I need the following things: * A firewire audio interface with at least one mic pre & midi IO. * A midi controller. * A mic for recording guitar. I'm obviously posting here looking for suggestions on what to get for each of those. But I'll give you an idea of my price range and what I'm looking for by telling you what I've found on my own. Audio Interface: Presonus Firebox Midi Controller: M-Audio Keystation 61es Mic: SM57 So I'm not looking for a "cheap" sound. I've heard some fairly professional recordings come out of the FP10's pres and I believe the Firebox has the same pres. I'll be using VSTs like EZdrummer and Reason Electric Bass for the midi, so that should sound equally professional. The Keystation 61es has all the features I'm looking for (not much!) and is cheap. I just want a quality midi keyboard that has semi weighted or at least nice keys and no extra frills (to lower cost for me) with at least 49 keys. The SM57 was a no brainer because I'll be recording just guitar. Thoughts? My budget is around $600 give or take $100 for your convenience. So obviously I'm under some constraints, otherwise I'd have the brick on that list.