OK, turns out the machine is still a bit noisy as soon as it has run a bit, and I don't know if that will work well with recording.
(My dad fixed it for me because it made a jarring rattling noise after a certain time under load, and he claimed it went away, but I'm skeptical.)
Using my Windows laptop it is, then. That laptop doesn't have enough disk space for a dual-boot system, so I probably need to re-learn my audio skills on Windows.
It also means that I have to find alternatives to all the open source tools that I used to use under Linux, as long as there aren't Windows ports of them. And because this femme is broke af, they need to be free as in free beer.
OK, now that I've put my UbuntuStudio machine through all of the updates, it seems that it might work... just have to get used to the noise again. Gosh, I am so pampered by my good laptop.
@draco Audacity is free and comes in a Windows version.
@artsyhonker I have that, and it's OK-ish for basic things (like mixing down separately recorded tracks). I'm thinking more of effect plugins (EQ, compressor, delay, reverb etc), virtual instruments and the like.
I know there must be some, it will just be quite some research and also learning to get it all to work together the way I want.
@draco I think you could use an AVLinux system installed on a USB drive to boot Linux for making music on Your laptop without the need to install anything on it's hard disk.
Or is that problem already solved? :)
@unfa I'm still a little undecided if I can't put up with the noise from my desktop machine. I'd need to experiment with it, which I'm currently not geting around to because I'm swamped with breadwinning work atm.
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