Hey gang, I'm finally tip-toeing into the world of DAWs and all that they entail. What I'm having a hard time doing, and hard time discerning, is the s/n ratio with all the different brands and realistic uses of 1001 features you get, etc. This is all for PC, just for a bearing. What I'm looking into is something pretty simple. I'm not looking at a home recording studio in the sense of a regular recording studio. I'm looking at being able to record my bass (and guitar) into my computer and using digital drum sequencing to get things working. A small keyboard MIDI controller (small like 32ish keys), and that'd be about it. To this end, I'm not even sure I'd need a mixer, even a small one, since I'd only be doing one track at a time on my respective instruments, so I'm not positive it'd matter at all... would it? I'd like to get a PCI card with breakout box, as I hear USB boxes aren't so hip. XLR and 1/4 inputs, and something that's not gonna break. Drum and whatever else software I can figure out, it's the hardware that has me buggin'. Trying to balance being poor with not sounding poor, if you will. Advice? Thanks.