I would like to set up a home studio using my PC to record and edit. I will mainly be recording solo guitar, vocals, and the like. I won't be recording drum sets any time in the forseeable future (in other words I don't think I need multiple inputs). I am also planning to transfer records into digital format to put on CD. MIDI would be nice, but not a neccesity.
I would like to get a sound card that is easy to work with for a beginner to recording engineering, but one that I won't feel the need to replace as my skills progress.
I have been considering the Sound Blaster Audigy
II Platinum Pro; and the Terretec DMX 6 Fire 2496. Does anyone out there currently use either of these cards? Is the software that comes with these packages sufficient, or should I be looking at new software as well? Are there other cards in this price range (<$500 US) that anyone could suggest for my purposes?