I currently run everything through a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) called FL Studio.
FL Studio used to be known as Fruity Loops when it first came out. I think I picked up Fruity Loops 3 back in 1997 or somewhere around there. It was mostly just a dance music program that helped you put together some loops, and I was doing DJing at the time, so I was interested in working with something that could help me put together some fun music.
I tinkered around with it for a few years and then started getting frustrated with the limitations of it when I was moving back towards creating music that was more based around rock, blues, and folk. I wanted to be able to record guitars and vocals, and start mixing it all together. I remember going to the FL Studio website and seeing that they had upgraded the abilities of the program to be able to handle audio files and recording.
I upgraded to the Producer Edition of the program and started this journey of learning how to mix in the tracks that I recorded from my little Fostex MR-8. I got that digital 8 track recorder for my birthday from my brother, who had the foresight to see the benefit of going digital instead of using a tape-based 4 track.
Oh I wish you could have heard some of my first attempts at recording and mixing between the Fostex and FL Studio. They were pathetic, but it got me started. The journey has only continued, but I am still grateful for the starts that I had, the mistakes that I made along the way, and the things I have learned as a result of many hard knocks. I’m still learning the ropes, but I love recording and mixing tracks.