First of all, you need a hard dirve recording PCI setup such as Motu 2408, Echo layla, Audiotrac Maya 1010 or Delta 1010. Then, you can record 8 tracks of audio input per card. Adobe is pretty straight forward. I have used them all...Samplitude, Cubase, Sonar Producer, Reason etc. and Adobe (formerly Cool Edit Pro) is the most user friendly. Downlad the demo and goof around!!!
Yep...you can do limited midi stuff so if you are into that (midi) Sonar Producer 4.0 is the bomb! ($600) Adobe Audition 1.5 for $299....this is a great program for not much money!!!!! Comes with a bazillion editing tools and you can uplaod almost any DXi or VST add-on and software snyths!
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