Hi all, I have been playing guitar and singing for 30 years or so and have really never recorded. I have just been given a laptop running windows 7, and I am thinking this might be my opportunity to finally start laying down some of my stuff. I have no idea where to even begin, but I can provide some background info and what I want to achieve and maybe someone out there can steer me in the right direction.
What I want to do is just make some recordings of my songs, and hopefully build them up and improve the recordings as I learn. I can play most of the instruments I will need, and have some dedicated studio space, though not much. I would aslo like to be able to record my 4 or 5 piece band (rock) live. The only recording experience I have at this point is fooling around with an old Porta 2 way back when. So simpler is better. I have basic computer skills, but to be clear, I will need something simple to use and edit. Consider me a computer idiot. I don't need anything fancy, don't need midi, synthesizers, etc., just want to record what instruments I have.
So I guess I'm looking for advice on what software might suit my needs, which are pretty basic; I just want to be able to put my original music down, track by track, and edit it as needed to make something decent sounding.Oh yeah, I am not a wealthy person, so affordability is key as well. Thanks to all who can guide me!