A friend and I have been recording a podcast for over a year now, and we're looking to upgrade our equipment. Right now, we're using a dirt cheap Behringer mixer with a 1/8" TRS to dual 1/4" adapter going into the mic port on my laptop. We've pushed that just as far as we can.
I want to do a solid setup. Right now, the biggest question I have is whether to do a mixer with a USB output (such as this Mackie), or whether it would be better to use a conventional mixer with an audio interface. I can't use firewire, so the input into the computer has to be USB 2.0.
We're using Audacity for recording and editing on a Windows 7 64-bit laptop.