Hello! Here I am, fresh from the primer (I read it twice), but find that I am still not sure that what I have is what I need. I've also done fairly extensive searching on this forum and elsewhere on the Internet. I apologize for asking questions that you guys hear over and over, but as someone mentioned in another post, it's so hard for a total newbie to apply other people's information to their own particular situation. So I am asking your forgiveness in advance. Following is a list of the equipment I already have (not gathered specifically for recording purposes on the Mac; this stuff is actually left over from a talent show that I helped to produce): Behringer Eurorack MX 802A mixer Oktava MK-012-01 condenser mic A cheapo Realistic omnidirectional Highball 2 mic (600 ohms) Older MIDI keyboard (Casiotone CT-460) iMac G5 with 1.5 GB of RAM Here's what I want to do: Record tracks into GarageBand, not simultaneously, from the keyboard, my acoustic guitar, and my very own sub-American-Idol-standard vocal cords. Do I have what I need or am I missing something? (I would hook it all up and try it, but my iMac's in the shop getting a new logic board, and I'm researching this stuff while I wait.) All the talk about pre-amps and phantom power confuses me, but from what I gather, that's all taken care of with the mixer, is that right? (The mixer does have a phantom power switch, that much I know.) Do I connect the mixer to the iMac through the audio line in port or do I get a Griffin iMic and plug the mixer into that? It sounds like the difference between those approaches is quality, USB being better. Could someone please correct me if I'm wrong? I'm not looking for professional studio quality here, but I don't want doo-doo either. This will be mainly for my own use, but I don't want to be embarrassed by poor quality if I should decide to post something on the Internet or give it to friends. I will also be converting some cassettes and vinyl to CD, so I'll be running a turntable and a cassette deck through the mixer as well. I'm assuming nothing extra is required for that. I really appreciate anyone who has read this far and is willing to help. If I were smarter I'd be able to understand the primer better, although it was helpful to an extent. Thank you!