Hey guys, i've read through the FAQ and done a bit of recording in studios with either my bands or on my own in the school's studio, not to mention just adapter plugs into the computer at home, but thought i'd ask for some opinions. I'm starting to write some more ambient solo tracks and trying to figure the best way as to get them on a computer. Right now I just use Audacity for multiple bass tracks and that's about it. With the stuff i'm doing now though i'm using all sorts of sounds which i'm getting by using mics to record LOW input noises (anything from noises outside at night to really gentle taps on drums/rims or running chain across snares etc), trouble is i'm finding it hard to get all the right levels etc and it's getting a pain with only one input. I just have a standard PC, no special sound cards or anything (just plugging the bass/mic/keys through an adapter in the back). Simply put, what's my best/easiest way around this without spending too much money (say 3-500AU), if it's at all possible. Should I be using some sort of external amp/mixer to boost levels then running it to the computer in the same way (or perhaps through USB)? Also, can anyone help with a easy loop station/pedal? Are the ones in things such as the Boss multi effects any good (i'm thinking about getting one to help experiment with sounds)? Basically if I can loop a few tracks live then layer some more on the computer, plus record ambient noises/other instruments at the same level without having to keep unplugging/plugging in things i'll be happy. Any help?