Hello guys, well this is my first post on RO, and let me tell you that I'm impressed with this site...very usefull information. Well I just want some advice on home recording let me show you the picture: things to record: - bass, two guitars, vocals (2 or 3). right now we dont have a drummer but we might have one later. gear: - powered mixer PEAVEY XR684 (something similar to this: http://www.peavey.com/products/shop_online/browse.cfm/action/details/item/00443460/x.cfm) - A pair of EON1500 JBL speakers - PC - Home Mini-Stereo These are the questions: 1. Right now we are not using any amps, so we are conecting all the instruments and mics directly to the mixer, does this have any disadvantage?, I fear the bass may damage either the mixer or speakers....what would you recomend? 2. The way we are recording right now is using the line out from the mixer to the aux input of the stereo, we couldn't come up with a better solution, is there something else we can do to improve the quality of the recording? (our budget is very very low so take that in mind). 3. Is there any drums simulator (talking about software of course) that you con recomend, I though we can use one of those in the meantime. I was thinking in buying a SoundBlaster Extigy sound card, so we can use it with a laptop to do the recording, but I heard this is not a good card for recording, so I'm doing extra researching, right now we are recording on a tape using the mini-stereo component, but would love to record directly to a digital media, is there somehitng cheap you can recomend for this. I'm sorry if the post got to large but I'm excited with this site and I have a lot of questions to make, so I'd appreciate any any comments on any of the questions. Thanks guys...c ya!