I am writing because I would like some input on how to get my solo stuff recorded at the confides of my own house. I am going to be moving so portable is the key. Here is what I got so far and have done some cheap quick recordings of bass and drum tracks... This is what I have been doing just to test things out. I have the following programs for the computer: Reason 3.0, Adobe Audition and ProTools LE They are on my laptop and I plugged my Line6 Bass Podxt Live into the microphone jack (cheap I know) and plugged my bass into that. I create a drum beat with Reason 3.0 and I import it over to Adobe Audition. I then lay down the drum track and record my bass over the beat. The bass comes out real loud and maxes out my mix. I turn down the pod and compress the recording to get it to where I want it but i want it to sound good off the bat. My question is: What do I need to boost my sound quality up? First off I know I should get my stuff imported over to my Desktop PC with a better sound card and better hardware in general. So I need an external sound card maybe for starters. Next, what mixer should i get and what will it do for me? Is there anything else I may need like a DI box or something to plug my bass into? I want to get everything so I can start recording so whatever help you can give me would be much appreciated such as good companies and types of stuff like that. I will defnately have electronic drums and i will record guitar bass and maybe some vocals and keys.