I've made pretty good demos by recording one track at a time into a PC. This has worked with saxes, voice, and hand drums. I haven't recorded a normal bass/snare/hat/etc drumset yet. My (low budget) scheme is: 1. Get maybe three cheap but adequate microphones. 2. Pipe them into the one and only computer input via this little mini-mix box that I have lying around. It's teeny: about 2 x 3 x 4 inches. It accepts four quarter-inch inputs, has volume level settings for all four, and emits a single mixed quarter-inch output, and that's all. (I have used it for gigs where I was the [sax playing] guest and the (cheap) mixer was already full, and the mini-mix was a way to shoe-horn one extra mic in there). So, the questions 1. Feasible scheme? 2. I have the impression that you can get an acceptable drum sound on a pretty cheap microphone (although now that I think of it I'd expect that might not apply to cymbals). True? 3. So, what brands of mic have proved to be worth owning? (I'm sure there are about a zillion, but you may have recommendation anyway) -- i.e. even though they are reasonably cheap you don't find yourself saying "first chance I have, I upgrade that dang thing"