ok so ive been recording my band for about a year now (full songs for download at ), and when i started i knew nothing about recording, nothing. so anyway, i was wondering if you guys have some suggestions about what hardware to use. im sure youve gotten this question a billion times but im going to ask anyway. ok here's what we have right now for our setup: computer: shuttle xpc 2.4ghz 800MhzFSB with 512MB 400MhzDDR and Western digital Raptor. we use n-track studio software to mix our tracks, its not so hot, but it works well enough and its cheap. ok so im fairly confident in my computer being good enough for recording. but the real question is the sound card. embarassingly enough we have been using a soundblaster live! value card... i know i know, its not the way to go but, anyway any good suggestions for a worth sound card? ive heard that the delta 1010 is a good option. the thing is we have a special situation with the drum set having 10 mics on it. we have two mics that need pre amps, the rest are just normal. mixer: we have the behringer ub-2442-fx pro and we have all our drum mics plugged into that. we then run the tape out into the back of the sound blaster live card in teh computer. so what we get is a stereo wave file. its the most difficult thing to use, because all the different parts of the drum set are in teh same track, and so we have to make sure that the eq on the mixer and the micing and everything is perfect, which is impossible. so i figure i should ditch the mixer and the sound card, and get a sound card with a digital mixer i think you guys are calling them "a/d" no idea what that stands for. so i guess my qeustion is should i use the mixer still and just get a sound card, or should i just start over and get both a sound card and an a/d? also, i assume that when you have a sound card a/d combo, that you will get each individual track in whatever your recording program is, that way you can eq and effect each individual instrument. that is how it works right? any help on this would be much appreciated. great site by the way! thanks.