Ok, in my OCR Level 3 Nationals in Media A-Level course at 6th form, I've been given a unit where I've gotta record/manipulate sounds. Then my teacher obtained a disc of an ICT teacher with Sony Sound Forge 9 and Fruity Loops on it. How good are these programmes and will they get the job done?

.:: Current Setup::.

ESP Ltd Viper 50
Line 6 Spider II 30W
Fender Squire Acoustic Guitar
Encore LP Copy
Ibanez GSR200 Bass
Axl B35 Bass Amp

Short answer ... YES, they are good and will probably get the job done. There are tutorials and manuals on the manufacturers websites so I would start by reading those.