I just signed up for this site a few mins ago in hopes to get some help/advice from people more experienced in this stuff. I've been wanting for the longest time to put my lyrics that I've been writing since I was 10 to life by singing them and putting real background music in them too. Instead of trying to find a "real" studio to go to, I want to do it in my own home: record my songs. BUT, I have NOO idea what equipment to get!! I own a Windows XP Media Center Addition 2005 Gateway laptop. I read somewhere about have to get a sound card or something? And then I just have nooo idea what all I need. There's soo many forums on this site about equipment and all, but it's all confusing to me... I hope someone can help me!!