Okay here goes with the initial post.....
A goal of mine when Brad decided to fire some life back in this forum was to learn and help others learn about recording their guitar to their computer using free software, doing some basic mixing and exporting it in a format they could enjoy themselves and share with others. My first efforts a few years back led to some recordings I'm still kind of proud of and I think once you record yourself a few times you'll liklely find you sound prettty darn good.
I started off in the forum with the Audacity program in this thread http://truefire.com/forum/showthread.html?t=509
After using that program I realized 2 things
1) It's about as easy as it gets bor basic audio editing and recording
2) Learning a little more full featured program will let you do a whole lot more in the long run
I then looked at Kristal it's a little more robust and I was going to do this project but then I realized it did not include midi features. Now I really don't know squat about midi but hopefully I can learn here and, those of you who want to throw things in, hijack the thread for your own teaching etc. will feel free to do so.
The program I decided to use is Reaper and can be downloaded here: http://www.reaper.fm/download.php
Here is a screen shot
and another even more indepth
Here are the system requirements:
Recommended system: Multiple processors, Windows 2000/XP/Vista with 1GB RAM, >1GB free disk space, 1280x1024 in 16.7M colors, ASIO sound drivers
Minimum system: 500mhz processor, Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/WINE with 128MB RAM, 10MB free disk space, 800x600 in 256 colors or higher, Windows compatible sound hardware
and here is the wikkopedia online manual and about everything you might want to know about Reaper http://www.cockos.com/wiki/index.php..._Documentation