Hi dudes, I'm another recent sign up after reading the infamous Jp22 thread. I'm going to the countryside this weekend for a jam/recording session with some mates. I have a completely half-assed very basic attempt at a home studio but am fairly convinced I can get something ok out of it. I was hoping to get a few nuggets of info from some of you about making the most out of what i've got. I know I need equipment X,Y and Z but for the time being this is all I have. A PC with Audigy 2 soundcard and Sonar 4 + a reasonable supply of plugins. I also have Reason. 1 Dynamic mic and a little 4 channel mixer with Mic-Preamp. Midi keyboard. Ok...after you've stopped laughing at how crap my set up is.. read on.. I've read a book called Guerrilla Home Recording so I've got a handle on what compression etc. does. And it seems to talk a fair amount of sense. I'll most likely be recording Acoustic and Electric guitar (I have amps) and bass. As well as vocals, lead and backing. Here are some questions.... 1) Even though I don't have a DI box I seem to be able to get a reasonable signal from electric guitar through my mixer/preamp. I also have amplitube. Should I record like this or mic up an amp?? (and what about bass). 2) When I record strumming acoustic guitar with the mic, whats the best way to reduce the sound of the pick on the strings. 3) Do you have any golden rules, that will let me get a vaguely decent sound overall. 4) How important is the room I record in... what can I do to improve it. I know I'm a bit vague but any help you all have would be greatfully received.