I am still new at this but have done a lot of research to get here! I have been involved with the home studio for about a year now. Started out only using a 4-track cassette recorder, then upgraded to a 10-channel mixer w/ effects with using the 4-track. Recently, retired the 4-track recorder and the mixer and upgraded to the Fire Pod 10 and a fast PC.
There is a lot to understand to run your equipment right.
All have factors:
*PC capability (processor speed)
*Software Type Used (Cubase,Logic,Cakewalk, etc...)That will communicate with the Audio interface without any issues and a good understanding how to navigate through the sequencer.
*Audio Interface (how many ins & outs) knowing how to set the levels properly. Micing a drum kit, guitar, bass, will need knowledge of the concept.
* Depending on the type of music you plan on recording and the room you record in, will effect the whole recording unless you close mic everything!
* Whatâ€™s your expectations? - Do what to record for others or just for your self-listening?
There is more to know but this will get you started!
Take your time to known the product you have and the many different way to use it.
I have the Fire Pod 10 w/ Cubase LE and a Dual Core processor computer, I record my Drum Kit using only this set up. (real happy with the results, but finalizing the music is another learning curve for me)
Hope this helps gives you a mindset of what to know!