Hi everyone, Basically I joined this forum today because I am having problems with recording some music that I have written. I have a few questions, if anyone could answer them that'd be great. My music has electric guitar, drums and vocals etc so the recording has to be as good as I can get it from my own home. I attempted to record some stuff today and to be honest the quality isnt great, when I use too many layers everything distorts, clips and the volume levels fluctuate. I am using search engines this mic, do you know if it is the mic or the soundcard that is causing the problems? I am basically just micing the guitar amp and singing into it for the vocals. Another problem is that I am not using a mixer, but am using Fruity Loops for the volume and effects etc. Do I need a mixer? My soundcard, by the way, is whatever the standard soundcard for a dell pc circa 2000. Thanks in advance, Steven.