OK, first post to the forum here, and I could really use some help. I have about $2000 - $2500 to get my project studio started. I know that's not a whole lot, but it should be enough to get me started at least. My ultimate goal is to someday soon be able to add enough equipment and learn it well enough to get professional results. So I'm thinking long term here, and would like to avoid cheap stuff I'll have to replace if possible. Having said that, I currently have: Solid PC (fast, enough ram, hd, and win2k) Audiowerk8 Mackie Microseries 1202-VLZ (which is a really tiny board with about 4 in and 4 out, I guess maybe 8 of one at a time if you know how to work the thing, which I don't.) A cheap Mic (V-Tech or something) What I am thinking is that I will try to get: -a good mic (maybe a BLUE Blueberry?) -a good mic pre (maybe a Vintech?) -and then if there is enough cash left over a new sound card (maybe the delta 1010? But I really don't need all the inputs it comes with, I just have read here over and over that's it's a great card for the money, and I really don't want to buy something that I'll be complaining about in a year or 2). Yeah I know, my first 2 choices put me at my budget already, that's why I'm asking for help here, I don't know what to do. So if you were going to get me started on my project studio, and I really hope you will, what would you buy on my behalf? Oh, and if it helps, I am mostly going to be recording heavy modern rock stuff with a goal of warmth, clarity, and lots of melody. Budget $2000-$2500 - What would you do? Thanks a million!