Hi all, I'm new here, I just signed up today because I decided I wanted to get more serious about recording. So I've worked with computers for a very long time. I know how they work, I know how to built them, and I write software for them. I also play the drums, and guitar. Having a couple of mics around ($10 walmart microphones and the ones that come with guitar hero) I experimented with recording my drums. And found it didn't sound all the great. Having a couple of extra computers around I decided to build a (small) recording studio in my basement. So I saved up and bought small mixer (behringer 802, 8 input, 2-bus. Two mic pre-amps), 4 mics (1X Shure c606 vocal mic and 3 behringer XM1800S mics), USB audio interface (Behringer U-Control UCA 202), and some cables. Probably dropped 200 bucks total, so not a whole lot. As I don't get a lot of money (200$ a week or so, and half goes into savings for school) I didn't buy super expensive mics and mixers, caught a lot of them on sale too. I also have a Fender Frontman 15G 15 watt amp, with a Digitech RP200AV effect/pedal board and a cheap Spectrum electric guitar. My drums are Gammon 5 peice. 3 toms crash and high-hat. The recording software I have at my disposal is Audacity, FL studio (not really recording) and Cakewalk Sonar 8. Though Sonar sounds very choppy and produces a lot of artifacts and static (that I know aren't in the sound file itself), like when you have to lower/increase your sample rate. I know FL studio and Audacity very well, but I know almost nothing about Sonar. The genre I'm looking to record is Death Metal. Lots of blast beats, Heavy guitar sounds, and very deep growls for vocals. My kick drum doesn't sound very "bassy" or "deep". But I don't know if that's a muffling technique that I need to get down or in the recording. So I guess my question is, judging by my setup and situation, would anyone have some tips on how to record very well? Right now I have 1 mic pointed at my snare, one opposite pointed at my crash and floor top, another near my two higher toms, and one getting the kick (the C606 is getting the kick) And it sounds alright. But is there anything I could be doing mic/mixer wise that will help? And what software should I use? To record guitar I place the C606 in front of the amp, and turn down the gain on the amp a little? With what I'm doing right now, things sound kind of lifeless, if you know what I'm saying. Almost as if you're listening through a tube (but not horribly bad). Any input is appreciated, sorry for my very long first post. Edit: May I say, that I did not expect to get horribly amazing sound quality out of what I've bough, as it was only 200 bucks. But I would just like to know if there is any way to help my sound quality. Edit Edit: oops, it seems as though there is a "home recording" area. If this thread is in the wrong place, could a mod please move it? Sorry if this is in the wrong place.