I'm looking for two things: 1) recording music on my Mac, 2) practicing with drums, and 3) having an arsenal of effects on hand. Sadly, I've always been bad at math. I've never had ANY experience with recording, but this is what I'm thinking. I have GarageBand on my Mac laptop: - Mac OSX 15" titanium, 750mg RAM, 1.25ghz, 80gb HD - external 120gb HD - GarageBand - Audacity - a free copy of Traction - access to Bias Peak Express and Soundtrack at work. and I want to get either a Digitech GNX4, Bass PODxt, or a PODxt Live (even though it is really for guit*r), and connect it to my Mac. I would like to use GB's drum loops, record my basslines, and either record the guitar parts or get a friend to lay that down on his system, then import. Do I need any other equipment, such as the M-Audio MobilePre USB, for recording? Couldn't I plug into the Mac directly from the Digitech or POD? I want to start simple with GB and go from there. Is it possible to use preamp like a Sansamp BDDI or an Aguilar before the multi-effects pedal, then plug the multi-effects pedal into the Mac for recording? As for practice (sorry about the multiple issue thread), if I go with the Digitech, there are drums built-in. If I go POD, could I use drum loops running from GarageBand into the POD for practicing? Note: I have a Fender Jazz and a Fender 400 Pro combo. I'm interested in a multi-effects unit because of easy assess to many effects, headphone plug-in for practice (can't wake up the baby), cost vs. buying many pedals, as well as to use for playing live. Thanks in advance for your time.