Hey there, JMX and I have discussed putting together a FAQ for this forum. I have approached MrFortuneCookie who has agreed that this would be a good idea and I'm hoping that when it's done he'll sticky it to the top for future reference. Our own "area of expertise/experience" seems to be based mostly around computer based recording. However this forum has also had good discussion on using Minidisc recorders for recording where there has been useful discussion on pros and cons of various machines, microphones, techniques etc. Basic questions would be something along the lines of: "What do I need to make a recording of myself playing bass?" "What soundcard/sequencer/audio editor should I use to record?" "How can I do all this without spending huge amounts of money?" "What software will give me a decent backing track for my playing?" "What drum loop software should I have?" "How do I record into my computer?" "How do I convert my recordings to MP3/CD?" "How can I record my rehearsals?" "Which Minidisc player is good for recording?" "How should I set up a mic to record my rig?" "Why shouldn't I use ProTools Free on my Pentium 400Mhz PC?" "When should I use a soundblaster, and when should I buy a decent soundcard?" "Cakewalk or Cubase or something else?" Some of these will be fairly straightforward for us to answer, but others will need more contributions from regular recording "experts" or "more experienced" folks. Hey, I don't record on my PC for money, just for fun but I've done it long enough to have a few opinions and I'm happy to share them. Hope y'all will feel the same way. I'm not necessarily right all the time, but I hope we can put together something useful. Any prospective contributors welcome.