I recently realized that I'm full of potentially stupid questions. Each time I think of a new question, I think maybe I should start a thread! but then I don't do it because a) I don't want to inundate this sub-forum with a thousand inane questions, and b) I'm a little embarrassed to not know already. Some of my questions are about music, some about audio reproduction, some probably about something else. Well, I'm going to swallow my pride. And I'm going to put my questions in one thread so that I don't tie up the rest of Sound Science. If others have equally basic questions, feel free to ask them here. And if you're really embarrassed by your lack of knowledge, you can PM me with your question and I'll repost it anonymously. Unless it's really, really stupid, in which case I'll mention your name so we can all point and laugh. First question: What are the steps and who is involved in recording and publishing music? I've heard of mixing and mastering and re-mastered mixes and remixes and production value and producers and engineers, but I don't actually know what any of them are or what they do. Maybe the best way to answer that question is to start at the beginning and to work toward the finished product. If you're personally involved in that process, I'd also love to know which step you are / have been involved in, if that's not asking for too much personal information.