I'm something of a novice home recordist, and I have some questions. For starters, this is what I have right now: HP w/ 256MB memory 633mHz Intel Pentium III processor E-mu 0404 Soundcard UB1202 Behringer Eurorack Mixer Behringer Truth B2030A monitors Korg MS2000B Analog Modeling Synthesizer/Vocoder MXL V57M Large Condenser Microphone Behringer Direct Dox Aria SB-40 Fretless Bass Cry Baby Wah Wah Pedal + a box of miscellaneous 1/4", RCA, and XLR cables and adapters As a birthday present I got $250 in giftcards for Sam Ash (since thats the only thing i asked for ) but I'm not really sure where to go from here. I know I need to get the Shure SM57/58 mics, but I plan on getting those used off of eBay since they are so durable and its not worth $200 to get them new from Sam Ash. Although my I don't know anything about it, I would like to start getting some rack equipment, a la compressor, limiter, multieffects processor, amplifier, etc. If you were in my situation, what would you do? My other question relates to the physical arrangement of my recording area. Right now, with the E-mu card in the back of my computer, and my desk up against the wall of my room, its very very very inconvenient to get to the ins and outs of the soundcard. I'm also stuck in the corner of my room, and I'm running out of space. My monitors are just sitting on top of my desk, both of them to the right of where I sit in front of my keyboard (how dumb). Basically, with everything jammed in the corner of my room, its hard to plug things in anywhere in any way. What should I do? Ideally I'd like to convert our guest room into a little recording area, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to. Any suggestions there? Thanks in advance!