Myself and a friend are trying to organize doing some recording and having some fun with music making a new hobby after getting bored of playing guitar. We plan to record stuff and burn takes onto mini disk players and run them and other samplers through a mixer in the live enviroment along with other live instruments. Unfortunatley my computer has crapped out and i dont have one of my own to start with so im going to buy a new one. Having only ever watched an old band mate do this sort of thing i have next to zero clue of what im getting myself into. Its practically the confused equivelant of buying my first guitar, then amp, then stompbox all over again.
Just wondering if anybody could recommend a good bit of equipment preferably a lap-top to do this sort of thing with and any other bits and pieces i might need. I dont have great knowledge of computers so any help would be great even if its a link to an online tutorial or something. Preferably suggestions which work well with Cubase or Pro Tools i have a faint know how of how to work that kind of stuff
Ill admit im starting from the very bottom so feel free to patronize me. Nothing you say can offend
to summarize i need something that mainly works for doing a bit of recording and ****ing about at home.
Any other info on soundcards, firewire etc would be helpful as i know **** all about that stuff either.
I guess my limit to spend is about Â£600-Â£700 (around $1100 give or take a few hundred)