Since: Apr 08, 2004
Howdy rbeaty, welcome to the HRC.
I'd say you're well on your way, equipment wise. I would, however, suggest something like a Maudio Delta 44. This will give you 4 simultaneous inputs, from which you can send signal from your mixer to your PC.
I have the 16/4 and use it like this, and it works very well.
Plug mic or instrument / line level into a channel on the mixer.
Connect 1/4" TS cable into the INSERT jack on the channel, but not all the way in, just up to the first indent. This will tap signal out from the mixer just after the preamp, but still send signal through the rest of the mixer.
Connect other end of 1/4" TS to delta (or other) input. All the way in this time, as it's a mono jack and plug.
Connect your monitors to each of the Main Outs. Then you can control the overall sound with your master fader.
Connect from 2 outputs on the delta (or other) over to the last two channels on your mixer, like the 11/12 stereo input. This will let you hear what is coming from the computer.
Plug headphones into your mixer headphone jack, and you'll hear both: incoming signals coming from mixer channels, plus, you'll hear the playback from your computer. Adjust each fader on the mixer to adjust your monitor levels. This adjustment does not affect the recorded signal, because only the trim knob (or gain knob) affects recorded signal level.
I would suggest a more robust software. Reaper comes to mind, as it's a full on multi-tracking package. it's free to try, but is fully functional shareware. 4 mb download, and non-invasive to your PC. www.reaper.fm