I am thinking about to set upa record and live performance basement in my house to entertain just myself and my friends. One or two microphones, 2 electric guitars, 1 bass guitar,midi keyboard and electronic drum (they're working probably over midi interface). So my question is which soundcard + midi keyboard combination can take care this setup?
My personal take was to go for second-hand high quality equipment: RME HDSP for digitizing (8 stereo in- and outputs, digital I/O, Midi. I use a Cardbus32 interface into my laptop) and a Mackie Onyx (which has separate symmetric recording outputs) for good preamps. The overall solution is excellent, was comparatively affordable and works with the free Ardour Digital Audio Workstation but is rather bulky.
For a pure recording solution, a combined preamp/digitizer solution is much more compact but tends to be much less affordable second-hand in a similar quality range (or at least was so few years ago).
Also, having a live analog mixer/monitor could come handy with your kind of setup.
You can find second hand MOTU 828's or MOTU Ultralite soundcards for pretty cheap. Easiest is to get one that has USB. Some models come with Firewire, so make sure you get the one that comes with USB as well. They're nice because MOTU has great driver support on Windows and Mac and they work on Linux as well.
Did you need a keyboard as well or just the midi inputs? If you need a keyboard the M-Audio Keystations are great bang for buck, and can also be found used for a great price. The Keystation 61 is a nice compromise between quality and price. The 49 has very plastic feeling keys, but its also priced cheaper.
SM57s and SM58s are great all arounders. There is also an Apex tube mic that is very cheap, but people get the tube changed out and apparently it sounds incredible afterwords. So if your budget is tight and you dont mind the little bit of work, that might be a good mice choice to go with the 57s and 58s.