I was just wondering how much quality is lost from dropping the size of the input from 1/4" to 1/8". I am planning on recording straight from my amp and I was going to invest in a Soundblaster Live Drive for my Live soundcard so that I would have a front 1/4" input to record to. I hadn't decided on the software yet because I knew the software would be worthless without a good connection. I want to record using the XLR port on my SWR workingman 15. So I guess the main question is, does it matter that I go from the XLR port to a 1/4" adapter to a 1/8" line in? Or should I invest the $50 in a Live Drive with a 1/4" line in?