I use Adobe Audition for all of my recording, and MIDI Orchestrator Plus for sequencing drum tracks. I also use a freeware program called synthfont to turn my sequenced drum tracks into audio tracks using Natural Studios's NS_7 drum sample set. On the hardware side, I plug my guitars up to a V-Amp Pro rack mount unit: It also as a nice little tube preamp emulator on it that I can use when recording vocals, the really nice part is it has MIDI and S/PDIF connections to my computer, the MIDI can be used to control any setting on any amp or speaker simulation on the V AMP, plus you can switch effects of and on or control their parameters, the S/PDIF is connected right into the digital in on my soundcard. I use a Behringer XM-85 microphone for vocals, it's more or less a lower priced clone of a Shure SM58, I have rented SM58s in the past before I bought this mic and I really can not to tell a difference in sound quality with it. As for my guitars I have a Squire Stratocaster that has seen better days and looks like it should be in the garbage, but it still plays great (I have used it on all of my recordings I have made in the past two years). A Ibanez super strat that I use less and less because it has a buggy connection in the jack for the amp cord that I am too damn lazy to fix (I really need to get around to that) and a Yamaha bass guitar that someone just gave me a few years back when I told them I was considering buying a bass. The next thing I want to get is a keyboard, I'm thinking about an M-Audio keystation 49e - it would be perfect for what I want to use it for, because I don't need on board sounds, I have a sampler and several software synths for that.