Hello all. I am planning on recording an album sometime this spring with some friends. I have some experience with recording & mixing and have a very modest setup. I have just a few questions that I must ask before I start in on this project. Also, if anyone has any input in general, it would be greatly appreciated. So here is a list of my gear: PC AMD Athlon XP 3000+ / 1 GB PC2700 / 80GB 7200rpm hard drive / M-Audio Revolution 7.1 Outboard gear Echo Layla24 Behringer MDX2600 Composer Pro-XL Compressor Behringer MIC2200 Ultragain® Pro Software Sonar 4 Producers Edition Cool Edit Pro 2.0 Mics MXL 990 MXL 991 Shure SM57 Shure SM58 Monitors plan on buying M-Audio Bx5s The type of music that I will be recording will be similar to The Stills, The Killers, Keane, Jimmy Eat World (circa 1997-99), etc... Also, the audio production on these bands' albums are what I am shooting for. Now, I do have some experience with recording a band. Though I do admit that I am completely amateur. Anyways, the recording space that I have is just a two car garage. It is mostly empty and it is insulated. It has wood and drywall walls ceiling, and the floor is concrete. I was thinking that I would carpet the floor and hang carpet directly in front of the two garage doors. I am thinking that I should record at 24bit/44.1khz, but if anyone can tell me why some other combination would be better for this, then I am willing to listen! Also, I have a friend that has some different mics than me (not sure what they are at this moment, I'm at work!), but I am sure I will be borrowing a few. I am probably going to borrow his 16 channel Allen & Heath mixer to. So, if anyone has any ideas on anything, please drop a post! I am specifically looking to get some really good guitar and drum sounds. I have a Marshall JCM900 100watt head with the 1960a cab. I also have a Marshall 2x12 100 watt valvestate combo amp (bought in 98, its an older vavlestate). I hope to borrow a Fender 100 watt 2x12 Twin amp as well. The main guitar is an Gibson Les Paul Classic. I have always just recorded each guitar part through the JCM900 with a SM57 direct on about 4" in front of one of the cones. I have never been pleased with this sound and want to try some new ways out looking for that "bigger, fuller guitar sound". I plan on either mixing this project myself and then taking it somewhere to have it mastered (perhaps with analog tape to warm it up?) or if I can afford it, taking all the tracks into a studio and having them mix it and then taking it somewhere else to have it mastered. I need to know also if you can import Sonar 4 files into Pro Tools. Or how would I go about exporting them otherwise? Thanks for any and all suggestions!