OK, I've done some research and reading, and lots of thinking, and I'm finally tired of thinking and just want to start doing some amateur home recording. Here's what I think I've decided on: Computer I'll be using (already have): Apple MacBook (1st generation) Software: I'll start with the latest version of GarageBand, since I can get it for free from my wife's new Apple MacBook. If I find reason to, I may purchase Reaper instead. Audio interface: M-Audio Fast Track Pro Mic: Shure SM57 Monitors: KRK Rokit Powered 5 G2 This proposed setup will bring my total right around $600, which is about what I'm willing to invest. I'm willing to upgrade down the road when necessary, but since I tend to be kind of fickle, I want to be sure that this is something I will enjoy before spending more money. So, do you see any problems with my chosen assortment of equipment? Any known problems using GarageBand with the M-Audio Fast Track Pro, or any other similar issues? Any input is GREATLY appreciated. I'm getting antsy and would like to purchase soon. I have 16 days off around Christmas and want to use that time to learn the ins and outs and start making some music!