So ive had the same gear set up for years now, and ive finally come to the realization that I believe ive made this whole thing so much harder than it needed to be but I need help from somebody that knows what their talking about. I feel like ive just made a cluster you-know-what for a set up out of ignorance and as ive grown and understood more, im sure now that I can streamline my studio. Just looking for a little clarification. So here's what ive got. (read, take a minute to laugh your head off, and then please help me lol)
My condensor mic, and guitar are fed into channels of my Alesis Multimix 8 usb (old blue one, not the 2.0) Also I have a macbook pro running Logic Pro 9 which runs my midi controller. I have that running from the headphone jack of the mac and into the Line In 5/6 of the Alesis. The Alesis is run via USB into my PC and finally, into Cubase. So I have all of my vocals and instruments running into Cubase. The thing is, I dont use my mixer at all. I use it only to get as much signal as I can into the PC and into cubase and dont touch it again. I use the mixer inside Cubase. I've turned it into an audio interface. Except an audio interface with no midi so I have to run the midi board through a laptop and THEN to the mixer. So im pretty sure ive made things harder than they need to be. What i NEED is help in stream lining all this chaos. lol I've had one very helpful guy tell me "why the f**k are you running all that into your PC when you have a macbook!?!?!" Then decided not to elaborate. lol So obviously I am in dire need of direction here. Somebody please have pity on me and point me in the right direction. lol Do I do away with half of this stuff and just get a real audio interface? Do i cut my PC out completely and try to run everything through the Macbook Pro? If I get an audio interface, how do I run my condensor mic? Do they have Phantom Power? and Do they cost a fortune? lol Any help would be MUCH appreciated and thank you so much for sticking around through my long winded post.