alright.... I'm in the researching stage of finding the gear that I'm going to need to build a pretty basic (but professional enough) PC setup. The deal is that my dad is wanting to spend some money to record a CD of the folk music that he plays out with two other members. Since I'm also making music (with a band, and computer-based) and i'm interested in getting some 'proffesional' gear, he figures he'll spend the money on getting gear that we can both use, as opposed to spending it at a studio. The only choice we have as a venue is in a 24x24 ft room, where the walls and ceiling are covered entirely with wood that was originally going to be used for the flooring throughout the house, so although maybe not ideal, it soaks up a bit of sound. Gear. This is where i need some help. I figure that i'm going to need a computer around the p3 800mhz mark to run some audio/midi software which i can sort out. I don't know where to start with monitors, and I'm guessing that on our smallish budget and since we're only recording 2 acoustics, vocals, and bass (all single-track at a time at this stage) I'm going to be looking at a (maybe a couple?)57/58's for best sound for our $bucks ?? or can i just go from the guitar through a box to the soundcard?? am i going to need a mixer or a console before the computer?? ...the soundcard. for relatively low cost but good sound where should i be looking?? although trying to keep hardware costs at a minimum, am i going to be looking at a compressor/limiter before the computer?? hmm the more i write, the less i realise i know... so any help would really be appreciated. James New Zealand.