Hi all! I've been recording for a while now but everything I know is just from fooling around and experimenting on my own. I've been fairly satisfied with my music as a beginner, but I'm ready to take things to the next level. I just don't know how! haha I just have so many questions and I'm hoping the forum community will help me out. I use a Tascam 2488 and do all my editing and mixing through there - no software. I want to eventually get ProTools, but at the moment finances won't allow it. I play my Jackson Dinky (hate it) through a Digitech RP300A. Sometimes I run it straight into the recorder, sometimes I mic the Behringer GMX210 amp. I've been experimenting with different setups and just can't seem to get the kind of sound I want. (Part of it is this cursed guitar...it's so evil!) I have a simple Yamaha bass guitar but just recently acquired a Boss ME-20B fx board for it that I'm still in the process of figuring out. I've also just recently acquired a set of drum mics that I haven't gotten the chance to break out yet. My "studio" is currently in a spare bedroom. It's not the ideal acoustic setting, but it'll work for what I need. I guess I'm just hoping to find out tips on how to get a more professional sound without dropping more money. As I said, I do all mixing and editing through my Tascam recorder. But because I've never worked with anybody before or taken any recording courses, I've never learned the secrets to a good sound. The one feature I've learned to be extremely thankful for is turning on the vocal compressor which makes the vocals sound great. But I don't know how to do that for instruments. The guitar is wild and raw. I want to control it and make it more full and crisp. How do I "compress" all the other instruments? Is it only possible by buying a compressor? What is this "noise gate" I keep hearing about? haha Is it possible to get a good solid sound using the equipment that I currently have? I know I won't achieve gold-record sound without a gold-record studio. But I'm hoping that I can get a sound that's at least somewhat competitive in the indie market, not that I'm going for $$. Any help/thoughts/ideas/resources/advice/mentoring would be greatly appreciated. If you fancy yourself a listen so you can hear what things sound like currently, check me out: The Peacocks | Facebook Google <-- MySpace page (dunno why it says Google) Thanks!!