About a year ago we recorde our first song in a home-studio. It ended up costing a lot and although we are happy with the recording, we're not happy at all about the mixing/mastering but as it was not such a good song anyway we decided to leave it their. Last week we recorded in a friends garage with just a laptop, an interface, some cables and a mic (and someone who knew what he was doing behind the buttons). Unmixed the sound is already better than last years recording so this got us thinking: why don't we all record our lines at home with similar equipment and have the guy who knew what he was doing last week mix it up and master it? This should suffice for the demo we want to release this summer. So I have an amp with a DI output and a laptop. How would I go about recording my bass lines? What will connect the two? Should I use usb cable or soundcable with 'jacks' or someting that records on a usb stick or flash/sd-card? Will the mic input of my laptop do? I was thinking something like this: bass->amp->DI out->DI recording device->laptop I prefer rack-gear as I don't want to lug a lot of pedals or devices around so if I mount it in my rack, I can transport it more easily.