So I've started recording on my PC recently. I started out a while ago with a Soundblaster Audigy2 and a Shure sm57. I also have a Marshall MG100DFX combo amp. I recorded everything with the sm57 straight to the soundcard, except electric guitar which I ran through the Marshall MG100DFX emulated line out and then to the soundcard. The recording was far from amazing, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was far from awful as well. When I went to add bass, however, I was stuck. Running the bass straight to the soundcard produced a very muddled sound with the low frequencies overwhelming the rest. Questions: I recently picked up a studio projects c1 and an m-audio audio buddy to serve as my phantom power supply & preamp. Will running the bass through the audio buddy to the soundcard help at all with the tone and sound? If not, could I do something similar that I'm doing with my guitar i.e. a Behringer bx-108 that has a line out? I think this might help since I'd have more freedom with EQ-ing. Is there any purpose to running the bass through an amp like the bx-108 and the preamp? For software I've been using Acid 4.0. It gets the job done alright, but it seems a bit limited. I've seen Acid 5.0, which is nice that you can condense multiple tracks into one 'virtual track', to call it that for sake of argument. How is Steinberg Cubase? It seems to come with everything these days. What else is good = ease of use and features. (And don't say ProTools, I can't afford an MBox right now dammit ) Any other recommendations anyone has? I'm pretty satisfied with the Studio Projects C1. Very versatile for the price. I wouldn't mind investing into a different soundcard at somepoint, or cutting the soundcard completely out of the picture with some sort of other interface if someone can recommend a good entry level piece. Thank you to anyone who just read all of that. And even more to those of you who reply. In the meantime, I'm going to keep doing my homework by looking these forums over and over and over ad astra ad infiniti et cetera.