hey guys thanks so much for all the tech help but I wanted to look at my music career from another standpoint. I am 19 soon off to berklee college of music, and write and perform pretty much everything myself. This is what I enjoy to do, but with my latest album my biggest issue was dealing with my boss 864 multitrack for the last time. errors/pain/annoyance galore. I am alright at basic recording principals and will be learning more in school. I had 2000 dollars to buy one nice long term investment and was even looking at a neve duo mic preamp as a keeper, but I am also starting to think about turning a new leaf and picking up a fast track pro or something! The main reason I just wanted a stable (working system) was because my writing process is so closely tied to overdubbing. That being said as I really am not as interested in being a amazing mixer/producer/ as I was at tracking at home. I will be learning this new stuff in the near future though anyway. But as much as I am ambitious to have the best gear for myself, I realize that even buying one piece of high quality equipment with the money I have and will have for a long time (college won't be the best time financially!) I won't even have the ability to put more money into a decent mic. as I have said I don't want just a decent setup, I really want to have the best. So my thought is this, having a computer setup, with my mac mini and even the most basic m-audio box would allow me to have a good hassle free demo setup. I could write everything and have things well rehearsed when I go in. Even in college having really good drummers and bass players around who are better than me will help me not waste tons of time in the studio. So two questions (there is a local studio around here that charges 40 dollars an hour and they have some api/Neumann/huge nice live room. What is an average charge for a fairly pro studio, not one with the biggest clients or name, but one with a knowledgable staff. I know this varies but any estimates? and lastly what is the cheapest two channel interface I could use with my mac and garageband, that wouldn't sound any worse then my boss br864 for my demo needs? thanks so much for any replies!