I want to set up a home recording studio, or something on the way to that, and am looking for advice from the more knowledgeable/experienced people on here. My budget isn't that great because I'm between jobs, but I'd like to get a start and maybe add to it as I go.
My instruments at the moment are guitar, keyboard and myself. I will probably have a maximum of two channels recording at any one time (ie. voice and guitar), and I probably need midi input for keyboard too. I'd like to use my computer for audio editing and mixing.
So the first thing I'm wondering about is what is the best way to record my acoustic guitar to the computer and my voice to the computer with minimum noise. ie. what configuration of microphones, pre-amps/mixers will give the best result for a reasonable price? Or are there better alternatives to pre-amps if I want to record to computer? What's the best way to interface to the computer also? (my computer is a PC)
At the moment my main focus is keeping noise on the recordings to a minimum so I can mix things without it adding up, and also getting decent sound detail, but is there anything else I should be looking out for as a beginner? Where is the best place to start?