Here's where I'm at right now. I read through all the stickies and did some searching but didn't find quite the info I needed. I want to do some basic recording just so that I can keep track of changes made to my bass such as string changes or pickup changes. It's really just a way to monitor things as I go along modding so I know if the changes helped or hurt the sound. I'm trying to do this on a shoe string budget (under $100 if possible) and don't need anything fancy, but it has to be accurite enough to pick up on small changes such as changing string types from steel rounds to nylons. So here's where I need some major "pointing in the right direction" sort of info. Should I go from bass to mini-amp to line-in on the pc card, or should I go from the bass to one of those $40 usb interface things (Alesis GuitarLink 1/4-inch-to-USB Cable) and let it do the ampping for me? Or do I still need to use an amp with the usb thing since it's a passive bass? Or should I find an actual audio card made for recording and install that into the pc so that I can plug in directly? I'm thinking I know the answer and that it's going to be pricey, but maybe I'll get lucky and someone can find me the cheap way to accomplish my very basic goals.