I'm fixing to get into recording, so I'm definitely new to this whole realm of music. I'm not looking at creating studio quality masterpieces or anything like that, but I'm wanting to get something down that is fairly formidable. I have a MacBook Pro w/ 4 gigs of RAM and am wondering what is probably the best way to start out. I have Garage Band, but I haven't even tried fooling around with it. I've only opened up the program twice. Tell me if this is what you would do: I'm looking at picking up a Shure SM57 and one of my friends told me to pick up a ribbon mic. I've also been looking at an e609 as well. I want to dual mic with complementary mics and EQ afterward. Next, I've been looking at some mixers that operate off of a Firewire connection. I don't know if I want to buy Logic or anything like that at the moment because I'm not all that well "versed" at the moment when it comes to recording. Anyway, those were just thoughts. I appreciate any feedback or comments that you may have. Thanks!!!!