Hello all! Ok – I have been surfing the net for about 3 hours now, and am trying to figure out how to get the setup I need for a band I am in. I’m new to all this stuff, so please bear with me. Let me first describe what we have: 2 Guitar, one Bass, and two vocal mics that each go into individual amps that have Line Out ‘s (or ‘Pre-Amp out’). 1 set of normal drums 1 new iMac with firewire and Garageband. We all practice in the same room (with our amps turned up). We would like to record ourselves, each on individual tracks, into Garageband. I figure we will need record 7 tracks simulatiously - I will have to mic the drums – probably just two (haven’t really research that yet) – and there probably will be some bleeding into the drum tracks. That ok. We do NOT want to just put a mic in the center of the room. Our music is for our own personal use – but we would like the quality to be good so we can both enjoy it and dissect it. We would like to have each instrument recorded separately, and mixed in Garageband (simple mixing – and Gargeband is free and simple). So I figure we will be using firewire. We would like to keep the cost down – and after doing some research, I figure I gotta be able to do it for under $400 – not counting the cost of any extra cables. Looking to you guys (and gals) for your experience and advice. The solution that caught my eye was the ProSonus Firestudio Project (about $400) – it has 8 inputs, but I think I only need 7 at this point. The first two inputs (called ‘mic – instrument’) on the front of the Firestudio Project seem to be the place where I could plug in the two mics that will be recording the drums – as they will get pre-amped. The other 6 inputs (inputs 3-8) are where I would plug in the line-level outputs from the amps. From what I have been researching, I figure that is correct (but correct me if I am wrong). I don’t really care, at least at this point, about all the outputs in the back of the Firestudio Project – except for the firewire output. I’m looking for any other options, or if this is my best solution (and if it will work) for under $400. Thanks!