Man have I got questions - Been using a TASCAM portaone 4 track forever but want to try to get into the digital world to make a couple of CD's to entertain family and friends and with an eye towards maybe selling a song or two down the road.
I play guitar, bass and a bit of keyboard for some fills - I use a drum machine but would like a file format that would let me collaborate with others by sending them a file that they could add to with drum (or other) tracks
I would like to be able to record vocals with this as well
What I have
A PIII 2.8 GB PC with large SATA drives and a Gig of RAM
A SoundBlaster Live card with the MIDI cable that will hook to my drum machine (Would buy a new card if neccessary)
I have a copy of Cakewalk Home Studio 2002
which I haven't come close to figuring out yet and would replace this if there is something better for under $150
I have (of course) my guitars, electric and acoustic, Mics and a Roland drum machine
I guess my questions are what else do I need and are there any good books that cover PC recording in general or Cakewalk in particular or should I be getting another software package?
Also, what do I need to get my guitars and mics into the computer?
And any other info y'all think a dumb ol' country boy can use to get started (I am a Network Administrator in real life actually so feel free to get technical - I've just never got past using a tape instead of the pc)
And if anyone in the Mesa, AZ area is already doing this and wants to show me their setup and teach me a thing or two it would be much appreciated
Oh yea, last thing - is it possible to get the tracks from my TASCAM into a digital format as seperate tracks?
Thanks in advance folks