I've posted several threads about how frustrated I am with my band and the whole band thing in general lately. After kicking around several ideas to scratch my creative itch I think I've found what I want to do, which brings me to this quadrant of TB! I want to get into recording my own stuff. Nothing extravagant, essentially multi-tracked bass pieces and in time possibly drums and guitars as well. Now when I say "in time" as far as drums and that stuff goes, I'm not running out and buying a kit. I'm not running out and buying a bunch of mics. I plan on taking this one step at a time and building up to that capability over several years. Having said that, I need some guidance on how to get started. I have a very capable laptop that I downloaded ProTools on to edit some of my bands tracks and it handled it easily (Core i7 and plenty of RAM), so that takes care of the main component. What else will I need? I'm a relative noob when it comes to this stuff. I've been in studios and seen home studios so I have a decent understanding of how it works, but anything deeper than the surface and I get lost quickly. I know I'll need some sort of interface, a basic mic, some sort of recording software suite and the various XLR cables. For example, I was looking at this. Allen & Heath ZEDi-10 Mixer and USB Audio Interface Any advice on good equipment, tips on setting up, what I should purchase first etc would be greatly appreciated!