Hello everyone, new to the forums here! I've done a decent bit of recording before (but on an amateur level) with piano, violin, and voice overs. Since I'm going to be applying to colleges soon, I thought that I'd create a music portfolio for my piano playing. I will be recording from home with an Kawai upright piano into my computer. My computer specs are: Dell Inspiron 1520 Windows Vista Home Premium Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 (2.00 GHz) 2 GB DDR2 RAM Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! My total budget will be less than $250 (pref. $200 or less), and the mics I've decided on are: Audio Technica AT2020 Condenser Mic Audio Technica AT2021 Condenser Mic (Comes in a bundle w/ stands and Sonar LE software for $120) This leaves $80 or so for other equipment (based on amazon prices) However, I've had trouble deciding on a preamp/mixer and other equipment I might need. I'm not sure whether an analog or digital preamp/mixer would be more beneficial to my setup, so if anyone could give me advice on which preamp/mixer and other equipment I might need and the best way to set it up, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance!