Ok, I know how the easy way works in theorie and in practice. Take a synth. Connect it with a recording system (something like a HD-Recorder or PC). Press record and start playing! I have a rather simple setup with an average Audio-Card, a Behringer mixer, PC and Cubase. My workhorse around my "studio-setup" is my motif-synth. But when I compare it to professional recordings it lacks of "quality". I think my motif synth as a sound source is a good start. If I'm comparing arrangements with a lot of acoustic instruments, I'm understanding the point that a expensive guitar with a good player always sound much better than a synth-patch. But even professional recordings with only drums and a simple synth line sound much better for my qualitative impression. So how do the Pro's record synthlines. Are there special techniques for coloring the sound? Running it through special amps? Or recording it like acoustic instruments (through speakers with mic)? Or going direct line in? Is it just a better recording chain? If we follow the rule - crap in, crap out. How do you record your synths? Special techniques or if not, which Hardware should I upgrade first to get significant better recording quality(DAC or Preamps, etc.)? I appreciate every constructive guidance!