I've started doing simple recording, and am astonished at the quality you can get out of cheap modern equipment. I'm writing this to encourage anyone who has thought about recording but been put off by the perceived expense or complexity. Go for it! It doesn't have to be expensive, and it doesn't have to be difficult. My playing and singing have a long way to go, but I've gotten amazing (to my ears) sound quality out of a pretty minimal set of equipment: $0 low-end computer that I already owned $100 Line 6 Pod Studio GX computer interface with Pod Farm plugin $40 Reaper DAW $60 Studio Project B3 large-diaphragm condenser mic (used on eBay) $30 ART MP Tube preamp $40 mic stand and cables ------ $270 total This setup works great for recording electric guitar, acoustic guitar, or vocals (though not all at once). As a DAW, Reaper definitely plays in the major leagues, and the Pod Farm's tone-shaping possibilities are endless. Want to spend even less? Eliminate Reaper and the Pod Farm plugin and add GarageBand. I'm sure there are cheaper replacements for the Pod Studio GX interface as well. Or ditch the computer entirely and use an iPad with GarageBand and an audio interface. This stuff is just so inexpensive now (and often available used) that there's no reason not to record.