Not too long ago I started looking into recording, and after a little bump stopped, but now I am starting again. This time I looked up more stuff and tried to get a clearer idea of what I need. Some time in February I'll be getting a new Spector Rebop (been saving for a while) and I'm hoping to start recording right away. But I would like to get the recording equipment now so I can mess with it and learn what I need to. Right now I'm using a passive Ibanez Gio 5 string and running it through some dirt pedals. I'm not looking to run the signal through any amp before recording (so I don't NEED my amp since I'll be flying some times...). And I'm not looking to complicate things too much. After looking for a while I thought I knew what I needed but now I'm not 100% sure. Here's what I THINK I need: Audio interface and a D.I. And here's what I've been looking at for both: PreSonus AudioBox (http://www.presonus.com/products/AudioBox-USB) and Radial JDI (http://www.radialeng.com/r2011/jdi.php) My reasoning: The PreSonus AudioBox looks like it's simple to hook up and start using. The more I read it seems a D.I. cuts down on outside noise interference and the JDI seems like its pretty good for the price. And I like how I can run my signal to my computer and my amp and the same time with the JDI. But then looking at those I wasn't sure what cable would connect them: just a mic cable? As for price I'm looking to spend $400-500. And I'm not trying to do super high album quality, just some for fun/video recording by myself and some friends. PLEASE correct me if any of this is wrong, if there is something better, etc. Thanks!!