Hey everyone here at the audio forum, I have a couple of questions concerning the setting up of a small, serious, recording studio. I have done my research but am still a little confused on what I should be buying and what I actually need. A lot of the guides I've read weren't exactly clear on what each part does. As a newbie to the audio game I'm just trying to soak up as much information as possible so any help would be great. I'm looking at a pretty tight budget. I want to buy the most affordable quality products. (I know, don't we all.) I play guitar. I have an electric-acoustic, so I can plug into something, but I don't know what exactly. I would like to take the sound from it and be able to do as I please: distort it, change it's sound, or even leave it acoustic. Would this plug into an mbox type deal? I hear a lot about mbox's, is that what I'm really looking to buy? The one I've been reading about (M-box 2 mini) is usb powered, I have a mac pro so if firewire is better on the versions then I'll go with that. Will I be at a total disadvantage by going with the mini vs. the pro? I also want to make drum beats so I'm going to need a drum pad of some sort, hopefully someone here can suggest one that will work with my setup. I will also be doing rapping plus other vocals, quality mic suggestions would be great. Finally, I'll need a midi controller keyboard type deal. I hear that weighted keys are a no-no for what I'm trying to do. Obviously I will need to commit to one of the various recording programs. I know that the mbox's come with software so I'll probably just end up using pro tools. I know I have a lot of questions and seem like a total newb, but I learn fast and just need a little direction. If anyone knows a good link (not too old) that I could read to get more info that would be greatly appreciated. Oh, I have a 2008 mac pro 2.8 quad so I'm not really worried about running any of the products. Thanks!