i think this is the right forum for this- to start off- hi, i am a guitarist in a metal band (based in london) who has a love for music. so i decided to get into recording- well i bought a Tascam US-122 about one year ago and didnt have a clue what any of it done. i dug it out yeasterday and now i have the hang of it! it is a sort of "USB interface thing" between what you are recording and the computer. it has two xlr inputs and four 1/4 inch inputs. i hooked it up to my cd player speakers(monitor-looking) and then record using a pg58 shure mic. so far i have laid down 7 tracks of one of my bands songs and it sounds pretty cool. you can tell it is not studio quality but it is good for £150 worth of hardware and software. i will upload the song when it is finished so you guys can listen(it is very metal by the way!). it comes with Steinberg cubasis VST which i think is the most basic version ever. i use that to record+mix and play God with all the parts if something is messed up. its so cool.......... then there is Gigastudio- what the hell is this for?!?! what exactly does it do and how do i get my Cubasis songs on there (they have their own ".Song" file type). here are some quickfire questions- 1.why do sound engineers like using apple macs? it seems to me that they have inferior processors (like 2ghz and 512ram).... 2.what are plugins? 3. what are the best/most popular recording/mixing softwares? is it worth me upgrading fom basic cubasis? there is so much to take in- have you guys got like a list of terms/aplliances and their explanations? ok thanks peeps.