I know this is a noob question, but i'm really having issues getting in the door... okay, so far i've made a couple (miserably) failed attempts to create a recording set up, which has left me feeling a little weary of this method of recording... I first attempted to record direct using a 1/4" to aux jack into my computer's mike input, and though i managed to get the computer to deliver me sound through my speakers, i was unable to get the multitracking software i had installed recognize the signal on any significant level, and none at all when i was recording. I investigated ASIO patches and ways to know if my computer was ASIO compatible, to no avail. I then considered the somewhat light investment of the micro br, which, bless its heart, is a solid little device, but is succumb to the typical setbacks you would expect to find in such a tiny little device. I then considered apprehending the "Roland V-Studio 20", as it offered a free multi-tracking program, and a hardware component, of sorts. after installing the programs multiple times, I was unable to record, as the program would crash every time i attempted to open the software version of the hardware interface. My computer an '02 running XP, so i figured i'd try installing it on my dads comp, an '09 running Vista. again to no avail. the program would open the software interface, but recording was choppy and basically un-usable, even on the 09 running vista. after seeking assistance from rolands help lines, I found no solution, and promptly returned the device. My question is thus: how can i be sure I'm getting a capable setup, as i've run into so many problems, i've lost faith in the conventionality of a PC setup. Though by now we've all seen the works of Tesseract and Mr. Mansoor come to great fruitation, how can I get this same level of production? I'm currently using a Vox Tonelab st, which i'm fairly certain would function as a pre-amp, and that's the extent of my setup.