I just want to be able to record guitar and maybe vocals right onto my computer. Looking to spend under $200?
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I like the PreSonus interface (use the FireStudio Mobile) and they have several options. M-Audio is also good and there are cheaper USB interfaces to be had for well under your price range. Do some internet searches and talk to your local gear store pros. Good luck!

P.S. if you don't have software to record, keep in mind which products come bundled with it...PreSonus for instance comes with their StudioOne recording s/w. Others may come with lite versions of Cakewalk Sonar or ProTools.
Last edited by dkunick at Sep 16, 2010,
Well the cheapest way to do it well is to use Linux (something like Ubuntu Studio) - it's totally free and there is a plethora of great recording apps available in their repositories, all free as well.
It does mean learning how to drive Linux however and getting the sound server working properly is one of the trickier things to get working properly. It is worth the effort, there are several professional studios using Linux with apps like Ardour and Muse.
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Last edited by Cathbard at Sep 16, 2010,
you should really increase your budget if you want alittle more than barely decent results. for guitars you can get a line 6 ux1 and podfarm or something like the stealthplug under 200.
You should post this in the Recordings forum. Having said that I would recommend the followinf

M-Audio Fast Track MkII for $119 new.

Cakewalk Music Creator 5 $35 downloaded from their site.

M-Audio has good preamps and they always keep their drivers up to date. I have the M-Audio Fast Track Pro and its great. I've had for about 5 years, and it travels with me very frequently. The above recommendations should leave you some wiggle room for a mic, possibly a used sm57 or cheaper version of that mic, and cables.

The higher your budget the better stuff you can get though.
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