Ok, so i am new here, nice to meet you all. I have come here like im sure many people do, to ask for help and advice. I have made a business plan and have a company ready to make CD's and package them for me, ready for sale. I also have a business plan and the money for the initial start up of my record label business. Yep, thats right, a record label. Unfortunatly, i have a few problems. The first and main problem being that i plan to create a studio (most probably in a room at home, possibly in its own location) and do the recording of the bands myself/with my business partner. We have several instruments and some basic equipment that we have been donated by friends/family all in working order (a Gibson les paul, fender, a couple of bass guitars etc). Now, what i would like to know, is what would you recommend as the minimum required 'specification' of a recording studio. I have to say my knowledge of the industry is quite limited and i do need advice. What software/hardware will we need? I have messed around with some recording software but not properly yet. I am also concerned about the copyright/lawsuite issuse. I do not want to go into this only to find out i have a lawsuite against me due to breaching copyright. Is there any set place to check names of bands/songs (or even names of record labels)? I expect i will have several other questions and i know i sound like my record label will fail pretty quickly, but i do not plan to rush into it, im taking things slowly and making sure i learn all i can in the process. Thank you for your time. LondonStudio p.s. any advice on what to include in contracts, what not to include etc will be very useful) EDIT: I forgot to ask a pretty important question. What is the standard % of royalties that usualy goes to a band? I have an idea of the % and it is written down somewhere (can't find it right now, it has been a while since i looked over my business plan, have been getting money together!) but i would like to check my figure is correct.