I just got back from the store with one. A nice little 8 channel mixer that'll take up to four mics and has a USB output. Our construction is finally done and now that we have places to put things, we can replace the stuff damaged in our flood from a year ago. So I had a budget of $179 from the Tascam portable studio that was ruined. This little unit worked just right. I've got the recording software on the computer, so I didn't need a studio recorder, just the mixer with a USB. I think this will work out fine. I don't have an amp or speakers for it, but that will come in time as I save. In the meanwhile, I'll be able to do some multi track recording on the computer. I should say I have the equipment that will be able to do it. I won't yet because I haven't the foggiest notion of how to use this stuff. But there will be a Zurfapalooza in the near term, I think, and unlike the last one this one will be electrics allowed.
Now I've got to save and get some mics, or find some on auction cheap.
I need at least one for voice and one for my instrument, though I'm thinking a Dean Markley sound-hole pickup will fit the bill and be inexpensive enough to get by for now until I can afford an A/E guitar.
This is very exciting. Maybe I'll finally be able to lay out that bass track for Geoaguiar!