What do you think is the hierarchy when recording? I guess for some things it's obvious. But in terms of gear, I don't ever have a whole lot of money at one time, so I'm trying to figure out what would be the next best purchase. Sorry if there is a thread on this already... These are how I imagine it, though I don't really know at all. Would love to hear some opinions from the pros! 1. Performance 2. Instruments 3. Room 4. Microphones 5. Interface / preamp 6. ? I really want to know, because I know that I need monitors instead of computer speakers. I also need a new acoustic! But would I benefit from a better interface or better microphones? Then in terms of mixing I suppose it would be the skill of the mixer and the monitors.