Hey, Have had a look at plenty of the forums in here but think my level of newness to this game is below even some of the most basic queries so had to post my own...!! In short, i've gone down what is probably a fairly common path of 'learn to play guitar...spend five years as bedroom guitarist...visit open mic night at local pub (acoustic)...start playing regularly at said night...wonder about recording some stuff' and ended up with some thoughtful Christmas presents this year of a Crafter electro-acoustic and a Samson CO1U USB studio condenser mic boxed with SONAR1/Cakewalk software. Fantastic as this all is, i've no idea where to go from here...!! From what I can work out, my Vaio laptop doesn't have a MIDI output of note that SONAR picks up so I can't hear anything recording and i've seen entries on other forums for MIDI devices, mixers, speakers....you get the picture. I'm a long way from home here. I've got the basic gist of SONAR and there's enough tutorial-wise on YouTube etc to get on with (plus i'm not a complete nimrod...) it's more the technical stuff, for example not knoing anything about MIDI and i'm clearly missing at least some equipment somewhere...I think. I'm not planning on releasing an album next week, but want to have a go at producing tracks to as good a quiality as will allow at home. So BASICALLY (lol)... 1) What other kit, it any, do I need to start recording stuff I can hear and play with at home (vox and guitars)? To recap, so far littering my bedroom is: - Sony Vaio laptop (1.7GHz processor, 2GB memory recently upgraded, 80GB HDD); - Crafter electro-acoustic guitar; - SONAR1/Cakewalk software; - No MIDI output (apparently); - Samson C01U condenser mic; - Marshall Valvestate VS15 amp (how/can this be incoporated and if so where?!) 2) Is what i've got worth persevering with or could I try other hard/software (and if you have any recommendations are they easliy available over here in the UK)?? 3) Why does my head hurt so much??? Any and all help/pity/patrony much appreciated!! Cheers, Nick.