A Rabbinical student in my neighborhood asked me to help him out with this... The object is to record a person speaking once a week, put the talks up on a web site the next day, and after a year take the best talks and make a limited release CD. They don't need anything fancy, but it should be easy to set up and run for a recording novice. They might need to make fades in and out each week, at most, and maybe a software limiter would be good. I'll be with them the first few weeks and would like to set up some kind of template that they can run on their own from then on, pre-set levels, master bus settings and such. I'll master the CD when the time comes. I figured a SM58 for voice, a simple preamp/compressor combo with USB out, and the least expensive recording software for PC that can at least give them a 16-bit 44.1 mono file that they can convert to MP3 for the web and that I can use later for the CD. 24-bit would be better, but I don't know if there's a free MP3 converter that can work with 24. Any suggestions for the hardware interface and/or software?