Hey, I'm wondering if anyone could advise me at all please?
My band recorded an awful demo last year and now we're writing better stuff to make something much better and we're working towards playing live again. Last time, we went to the 'studio' barn of another local band to record everything but due to distance and difficulty getting there, we don't really want to do that again. (And we want to take all the mixing and so on into our own hands to create what sounds right to us)
Anyway, now that I've given you a life story, on to the question.
Since my laptop is pretty shitty for recording, (4gb ram, random low end Intel processor, meaning Midi is a no-no) what kind of specs would you recommend? This would need to handle all the midi, plugins and so on to enable me to make this as close to 'album standard' as possible.
(Forgot to add, my budget is pretty limited since I'm not in full time employment)
Getting your work up to "album standard" isn't so much about your computer, or even recording gear, but more about your own ability to work with audio. In your situation, I would keep the laptop and look into getting a cheap but decent USB audio interface, Reaper (or just about any other DAW), free plugins for guitar and bass, an affordable mic for your singer (if you have one), EZ Drummer for drum tracks, a good pair of speakers or headphones, and some reference guide for your DAW and production/mixing in general. This will absolutely cut it for demos and, most importantly, provide a ton of opportunity for learning to produce your own music.
From there, once you have the basic hang of it and have a better idea of what you want, you can think about upgrades.