Let me start by saying i'm very n00b at this stuff so excuse me if these are obvious things that i'm asking or if im not clear enough. I've been reading the forums a lot and now im trying to decide what hardware i should add to my setup, ie. acid 6, sonar 5pe, and cubase sx3. creative soundcard that has midi inputs (pretty useless). 2ghz atholonXP 1g ramddr ive been looking at some pre-amps and mixers, and some things like the firepodhttp://www.zzounds.com/item--PRSFIREPOD i plan on getting a fairly versatile mic that can do a few of different atterns, hopefully that sounds good as well so... i guess my question is what sort of interface does anyone suggest? i really only will have 1 mic for the time being. i possibly would like the ability to add more eventually. i like the idea of those mixer interfaces that have the firewire plug in. Are these good? do they rape your systems resources? i only got 1g ram and cubase and co. tend to kill my speed, ( as it is the soundcard i got has a 1 second delay when recording, is that normal or is it just my PoS soundcard? ) what about protools, is that the way to go? i have never used the software and don't know if its better or just similar to the rest. if i were to get a protools interface, would my gimpy pc handle it? ie. 002http://www.zzounds.com/item--DGDMX002 (which i cant afford btw.) So any suggestions or advice would be appreciated. on a sidenote i just want to say this forum is pretty awesome. im just starting to educate myself about recording, and this forum has so much information. you guys are cool. '