I've never recorded anything before, total noob. I want something that has a fairly high level of ease of use, yet not so simple I outgrow it in a year. Goal is to record my amp, so I'll mic it. I may go beyond that, but I want to capture the sound of my amp/effects, not a digital software program. So for basic hardware, abd a tight budget, I'm looking at the following: TASCAM DP-02CD $375 Shure SM57 Mic bundle $99 Audio Technica ATH-M50 Headphones $99 Later, I'll add some active monitors. Might add a separate drum machine, but for now the DP-02 will cover it. Nothing fancy, obviously, but it should be enough to get me started. I can import what I make on this machine into my Riffworks software, I hope. If not, I'll get different software. But I want to do most of the recording on the unit itself. The computer is not dedicated to recording (yet) and as such is not located anywhere near the rest of the gear, hence the digital portastudio. Any comments, suggestions, other gear I should have looked at? Thanks.