Hi, I am pretty new to Macs (just got my first one last week). I am a guitarist of about 10 years, and on the PC I dabbled in recording using Adobe Audition. My current recording setup is a simple Foxtex Digital 8 track recorder, and an instrument mic sitting in front of my Amp. Sound quality is decent with this, but it's a hassle to move all the files off the recorder onto my computer to work on them - it would be better to record directly to my Macbook. I am impressed with Garageband (especially the loops you can use). I bought a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter to record directly from my guitar but it's not the greatest quality recording. I was wondering what is a good setup for someone like me - not a total newbie to recording but I don't need something that's overkill for a hobbyist. I was looking at M-Audio products and they have a decent looking USB interface to hook my instrument mic directly to my Macbook, and a control board made specifically for Garageband. Are these recommended products? Is Garageband worth spending the time to learn or is there better (yet affordable) recording software out there. I'm not looking to spend thousands of $ on this, but I would like to have a decent setup. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!