greetings all, I'm in the market for a computer-based hardware interface to record vocalists with a variety of microphones including condensator mics. I want the vocalists to lay down lyrics to pre-produced tracks, recording using a pc-based sequencer (e.g. cooledit). I will build a soundproof booth for the vocalists and arrange the recording i a control-room. The scope of the recordings is independent releases on vinyl. Question is: What type of interface will I need to do this? what are others using? Things I'd like: Firewire record multiple tracks simultaneously talckback to artist outboard mixer-console for ease of mastering final product (not decisive) one single unit (reducing cabling, though not decisive) good sound quality 1K$ price range Initially I was excited to learn about Mackie Onyx 1220 with the firewire interface and talkback function - but is this mixer suitable? Are there existing better performing (sound-quality-wise) products for the buck for my purpose? (price-range matching the onyx) E.g I'd like if it was possible to use the Onyx' faders and knobs as a midi-interface for ease of mastering. Since it isn't and since the eq's are bypassed when recording, it's just waste of resources. Hope you can help and suggest a product that will introduce the most functionality and sound quality for my purpose and budget.