Hi folks, This is my first post in the Digital Audio forum, but I'm wondering if anyone here could give me some guidance. I am a long time mac user, but I am almost completely ignorant about audio stuff. I am reading all sorts of places to educate myself, but I thought I'd put my situation out to this forum for advice. Here's my situation: Sometime later this fall, a friend of my sister's is supposed to come down to record about 100 songs. She is a vocalist, though we may try to add music to her recordings later. Although it's an odd project, they're basically old Sunday School songs that we can't find music for anymore (not sure it ever existed in written form). My sister and I are trying to record the songs sung by someone with a decent voice before they become extinct. I know I could just hook a microphone up to our computer and have her belt the songs out, but I would like the recordings to be halfway 'professional'. Our initial plan was to have the songs recorded at a local small recording studio, but the owners recently dismantled the studio and moved it out to the west coast. I've asked around, and the nearest studio is about 90 miles away.... Which is where you all come in. I've pretty much decided that if we're going to be able to go forward with the project, I'm going to have to come up with some sort of a recording 'studio' at my place. I have a couple of rooms in my house that could be used, but we have 5 young kids and hardwood floors. Needless to say, insulating a room in our house would be a bear of a project. We also have a 16 by 20 foot out-building that is insulated, and I think would work. I'm currently using it as a shop, but I could pretty easily clean it out and carpet it. I think that's going to give me my best bet at some semblance of sound isolation/insulation. I'm hoping I could set up some sound insulation inside and make it an acceptable recording area. Any advice on insulating a room this size would be welcome. Also, I'm wondering how you insulate the recording mic from sounds the computer will make. OK, so down to the hardware, which is what it seems like most people in this forum talk about. All I have at the moment is a Mac Pro 5,1. If the specs matter, it's a 12-core 2.4 GHz with 48 GB RAM, two spinning HDs and a 7970 video card. I am hoping to install a SSD in the next few months. For the most part, unless I'm running a game, the computer seems fairly quiet. Sure, I'd love to get a 12-core nMP, but that's not quite in the budget I don't have an audio interface, microphone (except for a Shure PG58 microphone), monitors, headphones, or DAW software. I haven't really set a budget for the project, but I'm thinking that up to $2,500 for hardware and setup is probably doable. Of course, I'd love to come in well under that cost, but I know you 'get what you pay for'. Used stuff is fine as far as I'm concerned. I would love input re: hardware setup, and as mentioned earlier, acoustic barrier setup. Many thanks, P.S. - also, any sage advice on the pitfalls a novice like myself encounters would be welcome!