I know you guys get these questions all the time but it seems like the more threads I read on this topic the more confused and overwhelmed i get with all the options. I just posted not too long ago but I feel like I'm not asking the right questions .. so here goes. I have never recorded my music at all and now that I have my iMac G5 with Garage Band I would like to start. I want to record at home.. guitar (electric and acoustic) vocals and the option for a midi keyboard. I started looking at audio interfaces and going through all the threads and thought I had made up my mind on a couple of audio interface options ... then ... I came across mixers that were around the same price but of course had more inputs and seemed to have the same stuff the audio interfaces had such as firewire, phantom power for mics .. ect. So then I was confused as why you would choose one over the other and DO i want those extra inputs as I am in a three piece band and maybe it might come in handy(?). THEN I strarted reading about stand alone mixers and recorders that I could then transfer over to my mac. If someone could just set this poor soul straight on what KIND of equipment to get I promise I wont ask what brand. I'll try to figure that out myself ... (unless you want to volunteer). Thanks guys!