Now let's assume I have the following : Mics : Shure Beta 57, MXL V69ME, Sennheiser E906 Preamps : A&H mixer and later on Grace 101 or others. Software : Cakewalk or Protools. Monitors : Not sure yet but something in the 300-500$ range. So all I'm missing is an A/D converter and a soundcard right ? I read soundcards already have A/D converters within them, and since the overall quality is usually as good as the weak chain in the recording setup, I want to go for something that is on par with what I have in mind. So should I go for a seperate A/D converter and souncard, or one that has both features ? Also, can you confirm me that this setup can give me better results than an all-in-one bundle like the Mbox or other preamp/converter/soundcard interfaces ? Could I have latency issues with such equipment ? Thank you very much. Francis.