I've haven't done my own personal recording since the cassette recorder days, but am thinking about making a somewhat feeble attempt at computer recording. Since I'm not sure I'll grasp the changes in technology, I would like to make the first attempt on the cheap & need some advice. To begin with, I'm not overly concerned with high recording quality to begin with, just basically somewhat decent. I'm basically thinking about buying one of the older Cakewalk programs or maybe Sonar 1x just to check out the format & see how much I comprehend. Since it will be a used program, what do I need to look for to make sure I can use it (ie...registration requirements, serial numbers, etc that might make them unusable)?
Finally, what would you recommend as a starter?