I was just thinking what is needed to amateur-professional music compositions. I've made a list of the most basic things I can come up with, if anyone else can give some items, and/or mention what is better to buy and what is better to own, and what should you really splurge on to make a better difference. Thanks. Microphones, high quality microphones of various types. Cables, gold ended studio cables. Recording software, software that allows for a high original sampling rate. Signal Processor. Mix-board to affect levels of various mics. Software to correct pitch, to make into stereo, to write the final file, to burn a cd, all in one or seperate programs. Prosumer CD-burner, one of those cool multi-layer ones. And of course the instruments, chairs, etc. One last thing, does the audio card make any difference as to the quality of music you can record on a personal computer? Not listen to, just record.