Join Date: May 2017
Location: Big Island of Hawaii
Re: Software/Hardware advice needed.
I agree on Reaper + Scarlet USB interface, that's a great setup!
I played with Reaper for the full 60 day trial period, learning about it via YouTube videos along he way - very impressed with this software, especially for the super low cost! I suppose you can keep using it for free indefinitely but I paid for a license after the 60-day trial as I like to keep my stuff legit and really want to help support future development. Added bonus, once you pay for it, there is no nag screen delay (several minutes) when the program starts.
Same impression with the Focusrite Scarlet USB interface - nicely constructed, very solid, high quality, easy-to-use, and a bargain price. I bought the "2i2" model but I think the "Solo" product would have suited my purposes just as well for a bit less money.
Couple of other recommendations: Get a decent set of reference headphones and monitors. You can spend a lot of money here but don't have to. I have an economy setup with AKG K44 headphones and Mackie CR3 self-powered monitors and very happy with it. One tip, if you get reference monitors, make sure they have the ability to accept "balanced line" output from the Scarlet and use the correct type of cable - this make a huge difference!