My PC is the center for everything I do. I do a bit of recording of guitar over backing tracks and some voice recording too. I use the Soundblaster Value card that came with the Dell I have. It seems to do the job ok for me. All my sounds, guitar, voice etc are mixed into that card then output through the power amp and speakers. Does the analog pass through on the SB card cause signal degration. SHould I play my guitar through a seperate amp and just use the SB do digitize for recording? Any thougts appreciated.