My wife and I decided we wanted to record some songs so went out and bought the required hardware. I had most of what I needed except for a condenser mic and an audio interface. I'm know working with the following: MacBook Pro with Garage Band (probably upgrade to Logic Pro at some point) AKG P220 Condenser Mic and Stedman P101 pop filter/screen AKG D7 dynamic mic Motu M2 audio interface Standard round base mic stand (I'll eventually buy a boom stand once we get going) Small but untreated office / recording room I've recorded a few guitar parts going directly into the interface and have been able to produce decent results with the onboard mixing. Having never used a condenser mic before, I'm sort of blown away at how sensitive it is and just how much background or ambient noise it can pick up. I'd love to hear those tips / tricks of the trade that may not show up on the "how to start recording" articles. Anything from gain staging, to cheap room treatment, Garage Band tips, what color to paint the walls, etc. Anything and everything that you wish you'd have known when you started recording.