Hi everybody I just found this site after doing some searches trying to find some info on recording tips. With the fear of being bombarded with comments saying I should go and use the "search" button, I did and spent the past 2 hours trying to inform myself. (not enough searching, i know) and decided to post anyway I did my first recording at home about 6 months ago using a trial version program, if i remember correctly. using a cheap 3 cheap little mics through a yamaha mixer (no job at the time) and I got hooked on it, but didn't pursue it till now. I play rockabilly/psychobilly style music and is what I plan on recording, (and hoping i could get good enough to maybe even record some local bands whatever there style) (I play upright bass, "slap" 8) ) and I plan on recording good quality demos that I can pass out for free, or charge $5 for 5 songs. I wish I had found this site before i went out and bought some stuff, but its seems that im on the right track (hopefully) this is what I have Digi 003 1 shure sm 57 1 rode nt 1a (both mics recommended to me buy musicians who record the same style of music I do) 1 sennheiser hd 280 I plan on getting some monitors, but cant afford them just yet. I could do the mixing on the headphones right. I'll have to deal with using the headphones/ and my logitech speakers for now though. windows xp I have and AMD athlon 64 processor 2 GB of Ram and 300 GB hardrive and an unnecessary 22" flat wide screen lcd I plan on posting a picture of my room for some tips on how to get it sounding good. and what to have/ or not to have in there. I have a feeling you guys are gonna completely disapprove after doing some reading , but i will follow your advice, but just to give you an idea of what im worried about, I have a loft bed and under I have my desk and computer with the digi 003 on the second desk right next to it. I have to have a livable room/home studio, still live at home with the parents. I plan on getting a free lance teacher to get me more familiarized with my new equipment and to teach me how to get started on pro tools and maybe taking some classes at a local college, (I took the tour over at the Los Angeles school of recording, but unfortunately thats to much money for me now, I could get loans and some financial aid if you guys recommend that i go there, but can I do the same at a community college? I would like to maybe pursue this as a career, I plan on trying to score an apprenticeship at a studio. How much would an average recording engineer expect to make? (just curious) I'm looking for some guidance, I want to learn more (and don't mind doing the homework I just want to make sure I'm reading up on the right stuff) so basically where do I head from here? any good threads that you would recommend me reading, I bought the pro tools for dummies book, and been reading that also. so please point my in the right direction so I can learn. One thing that is a list of things to learn, is what kind of mics do I need to record drums? should I buy a drum mic kit? or some more sm 57's? what can I use for the kick? what sounds like a good idea is some more sm 57's and maybe a good kick drum mic. I guess that will be it for now, but will be back :lol: Thank You, Art Fire Away!!!