Recording software for an idiot

I’m running windows and need something easy for some basic rock band recording. I have no idea what programs are out there but ease of use definitely high on the priority list.
 

ClintN667

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I’m running windows and need something easy for some basic rock band recording. I have no idea what programs are out there but ease of use definitely high on the priority list.
Go with Reaper first. It's like 30 bucks or something for a license but you can use it as a fully functional trial forever for free.

There are tons of videos out there for it and it was the first one I used. I'm just now really digging in and actually learning to mix instead of just basic recording a simple bass and guitar track to midi drums. Although I'm now using Studio One but almost everything I learned in Reaper applies in Studio one.
 

DanTravis62

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Reaper is the way to go. It's easy enough to use for a beginner, but has enough features for professional use if needbe.

It's a great place to start out.
 
Excellent info

I think my setup is gonna be pretty simple. Should be amp—captor x—2i2–laptop.

Hopefully I can figure out decent drum sounds without geeking out on the programming.
 
I use reaper. if you have a friend that uses any daw, though, i recommend using that one. I coulnd't have figured reaper out by myself. i mean, you can watch a million youtube videos, but having someone to help you with it is key
 

romanianreaper

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I have used Reaper for years and don't even know what a "bus" is with recording, etc. I use the basics and haven't delved into all of the things it can do. I keep it simple. At $50 you can't go wrong and condtant updates.

I do recordings just for fun and can keep it cheap and simple. I recorded this song in an hour or two just recently and then tweaked a bit but super simple. Reaper and a Bogner pedal into a cheap Radial 4x12 cab emulator, Ezdrummer, my bass into a cheap Sansamp bass pedal, etc.

 
That sounds killer. I’d be very happy if I approach something like that.

I figure if I can get some variance to whatever simple drum beats I come up with it’ll be enough for my purposes.
 

inyarak74

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I have used Reaper for years and don't even know what a "bus" is with recording, etc. I use the basics and haven't delved into all of the things it can do. I keep it simple. At $50 you can't go wrong and condtant updates.

I do recordings just for fun and can keep it cheap and simple. I recorded this song in an hour or two just recently and then tweaked a bit but super simple. Reaper and a Bogner pedal into a cheap Radial 4x12 cab emulator, Ezdrummer, my bass into a cheap Sansamp bass pedal, etc.

 

inyarak74

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I have used Reaper for years and don't even know what a "bus" is with recording, etc. I use the basics and haven't delved into all of the things it can do. I keep it simple. At $50 you can't go wrong and condtant updates.

I do recordings just for fun and can keep it cheap and simple. I recorded this song in an hour or two just recently and then tweaked a bit but super simple. Reaper and a Bogner pedal into a cheap Radial 4x12 cab emulator, Ezdrummer, my bass into a cheap Sansamp bass pedal, etc.

That sounds great man! Sounds like a hybrid Pink Floyd / opeth jam🤘
 

ClintN667

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If you have $15 a month look into getting a Groove3 membership. They have training on most applications. I got it for the Studio One but ended up watching it for Superior Drummer, ezbass, and ezkeys. There are still probably 10 more training vids I want to watch.

Karl Sanders from Nile recommended it to me and it's been a huge help.
 

Kapo_Polenton

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Went back to Reaper. It is jam packed and can be overwhelming but it's great. Few others out there if you really want stripped back to basics. Just do a google search on simple free DAW software.
 

Ventura

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I’m running windows and need something easy for some basic rock band recording. I have no idea what programs are out there but ease of use definitely high on the priority list.
For real idiot kick-off, try Audacity. Seriously easy peezy GUI to get rocking on.

After that?? Reaper. And not because it's a beginners tool, hell no, just because it'll last you a lifetime - it's free to use till you know you want it - after that it's dirt cheap for a one time license - the online tutorials are amazing - the online member forum is super helpful.

100% amazing DAW - bar none.
 

ClintN667

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This is going to sound weird but Reaper was easier for me than Audacity.

The thing that's great about Reaper is it has practically everything you need in the box. I remember when I first started using it and some free vst's. I had just really started playing again and was super inspired to play. It's come a long way(so have amp sims)
 
Just opening reaper gets me excited. I see that interface and know that I am about to be playing loud as fuck. I probably utilize like .001% of what it can do, but i know enough to enjoy the hell out of it.
 

311splawndude

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I’m running windows and need something easy for some basic rock band recording. I have no idea what programs are out there but ease of use definitely high on the priority list.
Are you recording for a whole rock band? And why are you recording? It is to sell music or just share it? Or just for a personal learning tool?
 
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