Hello Community! I'm new around here and I'm trying to learn the best practices for some serious live recording I've recorded a concert and now need to transfer it from the md to wav and then to cd. My Hardware: a MD MZ-R55 connected to an external SoundBlaster MP3+/Digital soundcard My Software: Creative MediaSource Player (it has a function called ARVL - automatic record volume levels - that decreases rec levels when they get too high. what do you think about this function?). I could also use Audacity or Nero Wave Editor. My question is? What samplerate should I choose for recording the MD output? 48khz - 24bits, 48khz - 16bits or 44.1khz - 16 bits? I know CDs work at 44.1khz-16bits and the MD MZ-R55s specs indicate: samplerate frequency 41hz, samplerate converter: 32,41,48 khz. But, concerning the soundcard, I've read in other forums things like this: "...For my basic recording this soundcard suits me though it's best to record at 48khz and use software to change to 44.1khz rather than use the onboard sample rate conversion (which is a feature of Creative cards due to the fixed 48khz sample rate)." I could not confirm if this issue is true for the SB MP3+. So should I record the md output at 48khz - 24bits (assuming that the SB works best at this rate) and then convert it to 44.1khz -16bits using audacity or other software? Is it worth it? Why not to convert straight from 44.1khz? Also, I've read that normalize could be "destructive" to the recorded sound. Is this true? Do you recommend normalizing the record? Hope I made sense. Please tell me how you usually do it. Thanks!