Preamp for vocals\\guitar into computer? Mixer instead?
I\'m wanting to be able to record vocals and guitar directly into Cubase, over some piano tracks--basic overdubbing. My soundcard (MAudio AudioPhile 2496) doesn\'t have a preamp, so I\'ve been looking around for what to use. I\'m very surprised by the range of prices--they go for anywhere from $30 for a one-input box to over a thousand for rack unit-looking things with presets for various sounds.
On the other hand, a friend tells me that I can get good results with any $100 mixer that has preamps.
I\'m more than a little uncertain about which route to go. I don\'t want to spend money that doesn\'t need spending. I also don\'t want to spend $30-$100 and not be able to get an excellent sound.
Suggestions? Any experiences to share?