I bought a new thing for recording my guitar, a Line 6 POD Studio UX1. Here's my first recording:
It plugs into a USB port and comes with some recording software called Riffworks T4 which is really good and it even has a feature that makes drum loops.
The problem I used to have with other recording programs was that it would take ages for me to record something and I'd have to make some sort of drum loop and it would take forever to mess around with the thing, trying to get what I had recorded to fit together and so on, but with this program I actually recorded a whole song in a few hours and it doesn't sound bad considering I had only just started using it. I suppose it's just better because it's tailored to guitar recording and not over complicated, there is enough there to record good tunes but not too much going on that you get lost and take forever and then wonder why it's 11:35 pm and what you have been doing with the weekend and why you have only recorded about two chords which sound like rubbish. Instead you still spend all night on it, but it's a lot more fun and you end up managing to actually finish a bit of music for a change and probably be quite pleased with the result.
The only thing is as far as I can work out, it looks like you can only use the set drum loops (which are still good because you can adjust them, make them faster and change how varied you want them to be and although you can also buy different loops on the company's website) but it would be better if there was some sort of option where you could put together your own loop with different individual drum samples (eg individual hi hats, snare drums and all those other sorts of drums... just goes to show how little I know about drums) if you wanted to make your own loop. (Maybe you can do this? I haven't been able to so far, I'm assuming you can't).
Otherwise though it is pretty good. Miles better than what I used to do years ago which involved plugging in a crap microphone into a crap sound card and recording a crappy noise which didn't even sound like a guitar. So yes, I'm quite impressed I suppose. Review over.
Anyway, you can expect me to start posting loads of tunes I have made now. I think I will also have to find a way to record my banjo onto the computer so I can add some banjo sounds to my tunes.
There is a microphone hole in this Line 6 UX1 thing which is probably meant for singing (yeah that's not going to happen) so I think maybe I could get a good mic and try recording the banjo with that. The only thing is, as I mentioned above, I've had problems with trying to record with a microphone before and I don't know if I can record well without getting the sound of the computer in the background (and my computer is really noisy, it sounds like either some sort of generator, or something that is about to take off, probably because it has loads of cooling fans inside).
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the tune. It's sort of a rock song but with a strange bit in the middle with some diminished chords and minor 7 and 7b5 chords.
I've also been learning a bit more music theory and was trying out a few different chords and modes and things, so being able to record ideas easily is going to make it a lot more fun.