This is my first thread with mac forums and this will also be my first attempt at setting up a simple recording environment on my G5 iMac for live vocals and guitar (acoustic and electric). I will be using Garage Band software for now as I already have it on my mac and from what I've read it's a good place to start but as soon as I get this recording thing down I would like to try the more advanced options mentioned on these forums such as Abelton Live, ProTools, or Logic Express. After reading many of the threads I had decided to get the MXL 990/991 mic package and one of the following interfaces: . Presonus FireBox . Presonas Inspire . M-Audio F/W 410 . Focusrite Saffire Then... I saw that Guitar Center was advertising the same MXL 990/991 mic package with an M-Audio Audio Buddy dual mic preamp for $99.99! Does anyone know about this Audio Buddy? I havent come across it in any of the threads. Musicians Friend advertises the Audio buddy for $79.95 alone, http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-Audio-Buddy?sku=701104so with the mic package it seems like a great deal. Could I save money and get away with using something like this or do you reccomend going with one of the above mentioned interfaces? Thanks for any help.