#1
I have an SM58 mic. I'm wondering if, in terms of quality, is it better to plug my mic directly into my computer, or first to an audio interface, then my computer? I'm mic'ing my amp, btw.
#2
Audio interface. The AD/DA is far better.
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#3
Definitely use an audio interface.
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#4
I use a simple Guitarport and I like Garageband. Very easy. I use both Mac and Windows, and I have far less problems with Mac and audio than Windows.

You'll get very nice tones out of software amps with little trouble on recordings. Unless you happen to be an audio engineer, don't deal with your amp or most real-world gear. You'll be far less frustrated and much happier with audio quality.