Hey everyone, I have been recording on a computer and in my room for a while and will now be starting construction on an actual home studio soon and would like to go over my gear and fill in any gaps i might have. Once construction is done I want to set up and get it up and running as fast as possible. I’m going to try and be as detailed as I can and give as much information as I can hopefully this will show you exactly where I am at. I put star next to the ones I’m looking for advice on but any suggestions, input, ideas or anything else to anything listed to help would be great! Thanks. I will be recording but not limited to Rock, Hard Rock and Metal type music and or bands. Computer: 2 Western Digital 250gig Harddrives (set up for RAID) 8gig G.Skill RAM 2 x 4gig AMD Athlon II x4 640 3.0GHz AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor ASUS M4a79XTD EVO ATX AMD Motherboard Standard dvd/cd drive Standard 500W powersupply Standard Mouse and Keyboard (Microsoft wireless) I will probably go dual monitor if I can grab a decent cheap video card later. * Could you tell me if this is good enough or even if it is too much? I would like to optimize my situation not over spend or under spend. External Harddrive: Western Digital 2TB Recording Programs: Cubase 5 Fruity Loops (use it for some of the synths and effects) EZdrummer Drumagog OS: * Windows 7 HOME 64bit (might go for PRO looking in to see if it’s worth it) Recording Interface: * M-Audio Fast Track Pro Microphone: 2 SM57 mics * I am not sure which direction to go with this, will my sm57 suffice or should I be upgrading? This topic has driven me crazy so some sound advice would be great! I will be recording mostly Male vocals again in Rock, Hard Rock and some Metal styles. Monitors: * Currently I have more or less ‘hand me down’ monitors which are fairly good but I will be upgrading these, any thoughts? Headphones: * I have a $50 pair which seems pretty good but I am told I should look more at $150 and up, would it be worth the upgrade? Guitar Gear: Mesa Dual Rectifier Line 6 Spider Valve Line 6 Pod XT Pro Marshall 1960A Ibanez RG570 Ibanez RG1570 Epiphone Les Paul Custom (upgraded pick ups) Line 6 Spider III 15watt ESP Bass guitar Ampeg Bass Amp w/ matching Cabinet MISC: 5-7 5foot Instrument Cables 2 12foot Instrument Cables 1 25foot Instrument Cable 5 10foot XLR mic cables * None of these are special mostly just monster cables or some other less know company, should I be getting better cables? Several Guitar pedal effects, chorus, tuner, gate, wah ect… 2 vocal mic stands Mini Refrigerator: 36 12oz Budweiser Cans (cans are easier on the clean up) 12 12oz Yoohoo’s Cans 12 12oz Poland Spring bottles of water I want to thank you for taking the time to look over my personal recording situation and trying to help steer me win the right direction. I really appreciate it.