TL;DR: I'm a total noob at this and could use a pointer to some good tutorials on where to get started, especially with particular reference to Garageband since that's what I have access to. OK, this is going to be long, so I apologize. I've been trying to cobble something together in Garageband for a couple of weeks now, and it's sounding sort of OK but nowhere near good. And I'm finding I'm just running into more questions all the time, and all of the tutorials and things I've found online haven't been all that helpful. I tried searching this forum to see if there was anything already posted about how to get started, but I couldn't find anything. So, how do I get started with home recording? Right now, I have a Macbook Pro with Garageband that seems to be able to do what I need, though I don't know how to do most of it. I also have an amp with USB out, which lets me record even if it's taking me a while to figure out how to get a decent sound recorded. I had been using this very basic setup, and I used the octaver Garageband to add a bass line with my guitar, and I used the built-in drummer (this "drummer" named Jesse seems to be doing an OK job holding down a beat for me) to add a beat. So I get some stuff recorded, hit play and it's all out of whack volumewise. So I adjust the volume sliders on each track to get it sounding somewhat good. Then I'm working on it later that night, so I plug some in headphones, and now it sounds all out of whack again. So I readjust the sliders and it sounds good. Unplug the headphones, sounds like crap again. And so on... I'm guessing this is because I'm using cheap headphones and the built-in speakers in the laptop. So first question I have is, what's the best bang for your buck on monitoring headphones? How much do I realistically have to spend for something good enough ("good enough" being the key—I don't need the best, high end ridiculously expensive stuff). My other most pressing question is how to get a decent guitar sound through the USB. I posted about this before, but I think I found part of the problem. I had thought that I would get the sound from my amp sent straight to Garageband, but I noticed recently that Garageband seems to automatically select one of its "amps" to run my signal through. So my overdriven amp signal was getting fed into Garageband's Vox model, which was adding it's own gain, low, mid, and treble adjustments to the sound. I remember reading in my amp's manual that it has a re-amping mode, which sounds like it would just send an untouched signal to Garageband. Is that right, and would that be the best option? One caveat with that is that Blackstar hasn't released new Mac drivers for it's Insider software in about two years, so I can't actually change the amp into re-amping mode at the moment. So is there a way to get Garageband to stop running it through one of their amp models, or would I be best off setting my amp as clean as possible and doing all processing in Garageband? And once I get that sorted out and get what I have recorded sounding a little better, how do you even go about mixing and mastering? Do you have to use different software for that, or can it be done in Garageband, too? I've seen some people mention getting other people to mix and master for them. Is that expensive? Where do you find people who can do that? Is it better to just bite the bullet and learn how to do it yourself? Of course, this is only scratching the surface, thus my initial question about a good, simple tutorial on how to get started with all of this. The last time I asked a question on this forum, people were responding with things like "run a high pass filter" or "put an IR in your signal". I don't know what any of that means. So really technical or jargony responses aren't going to help much. Thanks!