I am really confused when it comes to digital recording.
This is what I want to do. I would like to have unlimited/near unlimited lines so I can layer my songs. Since I do not have a keyboard or know how to play several instruments I would like a program that has realistic sounds of the different instruments i.e. trumpets, string, drums ect. I want to record my guitar, vocals, ect into the program. I will probably be the only one recording at one time.
I want it to sound good. Not necessarily professional but I don’t want it to sound like a new punk band that hit the record button on a tape player.
Essentially what do I need?
Do I need a small mixer?
USB Computer Recording Interface?
Or should I go for something like the Tascam US-428 USB Digital Audio Workstation Controller?
Do I need something with Phantom Power?
What else am I missing?
I don’t want to mess with changing my sound card. How do I avoid latency?
I would like to spend around $300 for the recording gear not including the microphones.
Thanks for the help.