I know I can get a digital 8 track recorder, say BOSS for about $800 Can. and a decent condenser mic for upwards of $200,and I would have to get a cd burner unit for a few hun more at least. But how does it differ from a computer set up built solely for audio recording, mixing? What would I get (or need) to build a dedicated box, and how much is software for a decent set-up? Of course i would need a mic still (or more) but can i get anything for the 1100 it would cost to get the 8 track/burner? I need the basics too, I am afraid. I am not really up on lingo. What is this software all about anyway? Just way more tracks? Way more stuff? My desire was something to get me recording/playing, but would I be overwhelmed with the complexity of it all, thus reducing my playing time? Or is the pc route easy after you get the hang of it? Money is an issue. How set up would 1100 bucks get me? This pc is an ancient p 133, (need I go on?) Wouldn't want to jeapordize a new sys by using it for everything, and hard to justify to the wife a new comp, noone else can use....hahahah Any help here is greatly appreciated. Unbelievably informative forum you people have here. Many thank youses.