I'm planning to venture into the world of sound engineering on a purely amateur basis and I'd like to have a starting point. I play classical violin and a bit of electric blues guitar but I can predict that most of my recordings will be acoustic. I'm on a low budget and I plan to record using a computer (USB preamp interface and Adobe Audition software...unless someone suggests otherwise). When I went to a pro recording studio last summer, the engineer told me that price does not eqaul quality when buying preamps and mics....if this is true, can someone here reccommend decent budget priced mics or preamps? Also, I'm not sure if Adobe Audition would be an idea programs to start with.