Ok, I am a complete rookie when it comes to recording. I'll try my best to be specific and to avoid stupid questions, but bear with my beginner knowledge please... (The stickied thread in this subforum was a big help.) Goals: I would like to have a very basic and user-friendly recording setup at a reasonable budget. I want a setup I can use with my band (vocals, guitar, bass, electronic drums), both to record original songs and to record practice for improvement purposes. I'd also like to record short gear demos that are higher quality than just setting my iPhone to record. But with that said, I am not building a studio here, and I'm under no illusions of world-class recording quality. I want something fun to play with, that gives a decent sound quality. Budget is important, but I don't want to buy garbage. What I have: I'd like to use my MacBook Air, which is current re: OS. This computer is issued from work, but I can install software on it freely. I was thinking of just using Garageband for the time being, or a free DAW that comes with an interface. Maybe one day I'll buy a recording computer, but that's beyond my scope now. I have decent headphones (Audio Technica ATH-M50x) and a vocal mic (Sennheiser e935). I also have all the musical gear I need, including electronic drums (so we can just go direct out). What I think I need immediately: An interface for sure. I would also like to go with monitors at some point, so that the band and I can listen together (rather than individually with headphones). I'd also imagine that I need a decent instrument mic to record guitar and bass. Questions: How should I select an interface? How many inputs should I be looking for? Are there "better" brands to seek out? What qualities should I be looking for that I'm missing now? Is an instrument mic the best option for recording the guitar and bass? Should I be considering a DI instead? What do you recommend for a DAW? Playing with GarageBand has been very intuitive and easy so far, but I'm guessing it's probably limited in ways that I don't know about. What else am I totally overlooking that I should be thinking about? I'll conclude by saying that my favorite local guitar shop is offering the following deal for $600 out the door: Tascam US 2x2 interface, Audio-Technica AT2035, two JBL LSR-305 monitors, a boom mic stand, monitor cables, and mic cable. What do you think? Thanks so much for any advice that you have.