So.. I don't really post new topics whenever I want something answered, but I really need some specific answers on this one, so I'm hoping anyone is kind enough to help ( ) My band is planning to start recording our second demo sometime soon. We recorded our first demo about a year ago into an old crappy computer (which I'm still using). Specs: 533MHz, 128MB ram, stock soundcard, and so on. Somehow, we managed to get a pretty decent sound (two of the better/okay sounding songs from the demo: http://www11.nrk.no/urort/user/song.aspx?mmmid=80301 , http://www11.nrk.no/urort/user/song.aspx?mmmid=80299 ). But trust me, mixing on this computer was a hell to go through. We did everything ourselves, mostly for financial reasons. I did all the mixing, with barely having done it before. Now, I've been working a whole lot this summer and earned some money. So, I ordered a brand new laptop for myself. Specs are: 1,7GHz Pentium m Centrino processor (Dothan) 1 gig of ram 80GB hard disk 5200RPM (I think) I'm guessing that it will suffice, what do you think? (The reason why I'm getting a laptop is that we're probably going to do the recording over a long time, and I will need a setup that I can bring to the rehearsal place and back about each week over a period of time) I still have some money left that I'm going to buy a soundcard for. And that's where my dilemma/problem comes in.. I (and the rest of the band) really want "real" drums on this demo. The last demo was recorded with a digital drum kit, and the fakeness of some of the sounds really bum me out. Though, the drummer says that he can manage to edit and do some tricks to make things sound better. But! Bottom line is that real drums is the preferred option. So, what I'm wondering is if it's even possible to record drums that sound good on a budget? Thing is, that I really need to know that before I'm buying a soundcard. I'm going to buy an extern soundcard. If we're going to record live drums, I'm guessing that I'll need about 6-8 inputs. Now, for recording anything else, more than 1-2 inputs won't be necessary. And I've seen that soundcards with heaps of inputs costs a helluva lot more than those that don't have heaps of inputs, which is fairly logical, really. (Also, on those soundcards with heaps of inputs, I've noticed that there are even more outputs. Now, what would I need that for? I really can't imagine that, and I'm a bit curious. ) I have yet another question as well. I know that the hard disk on the computer I'm buying isn't really the fastest one out there. But, how will 5200RPM's do? I've read that two different hard disks is recommended for recording, and I'm wondering if I really need to buy another one (extern hd). I guess that were all the questions that I want answers to. Hope someone can help me out a bit! Here's a quick summary of my questions: -I've bought a laptop. How will it do for recording? -DIY drum recording. Will a good result be manageable for a reasonable price? -Soundcard? Heaps of inputs, which I'm never going to use for anything else than drum recording? -Hard disk. Speed? Two of them?