Hey all! I'm new here. I have a few obscenely newbie questions. I've been recording at home for a few years now, but it's all been trial-and-error, with varying degrees of results. pre-1) Does the site have an FAQ? Or can anyone recommend a few good FAQ URLs? I come from the world of linux/oss, so that's kind of how I'm used to learning on my own. ;-) 1) What is the study of frequencies and such called? Music has Music Theory, but when I read a post that has something like, "boost your mid freq eq 6 to 8 dB with a narrow bandwidth "Q". Then move the frequency selector up and down the band until you find that one frequency that really sounds bad. Apply cut at that frequency. You can do this in the low/ mid bass, mid and low/ high regions but be careful not to over do it. Cutting 3 frequencies is about the most you can get away with without doing serious damage to the sound." I'm not sure where to begin. Is there a book that explains any of the above in a real-world way? What is the study of such things called? 2) I'm currently using Samplitude, simply because a) I have a PC b) I have little or no disposable income and c) it was immensely easy to learn. Is there another PC-based software recorder that more professional studios use? Cubase seems to be pretty popular, it seems. It's one thing to simply record and mix by ear, sort of dumbing my way through the process. I'd like to be able to be able to mix things so that end-listeners think the recordings are decent, rather than just crap home recordings. I mean, they'll still be crap home recordings - I would just like to hide it a bit better. Thanks again for your help. I've read some other posts and everyone here seems pretty cool. I again apologize for the newbie questions.