I have played guitar a few years and I'm going to start recording sometime soon. I need a good recording package that has all the essentials, including good recording software. Any ideas?
Get yourself a good instrument mic, something along the lines of a Shure SM57 or a PG57. Then buy a audio interface, and download Audacity. You can record your individual tracks with Audacity, then mix all the tracks together with a program like Acid Pro or something similar.