What on earth is a DAW, you say?
Well, DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation.
The advent of the DAW is one of the key drivers of the era of easy home recording, giving you access to powerful recording, editing and mixing tools all within the confines of your laptop or home computer. It’s completely replaced big bulky recording consoles and tape-based recording media, and additionally, largely supercedes outboard effects processors since they also include effects functionality via digital plugins.
In short, it is a full blown studio recording setup, shrunk down to a program that lives on your computer.
Which DAW should you choose?
There are a few big mainstream players like Logic Pro X and Pro Tools, but these professional level DAWs will require a fairly significant up front investment.
If you’re just starting off (and would rather save your money for fun guitar gear!), a popular DAW like Reaper could be just the ticket. It’s free to evaluate, and if/when you decide to buy a license it’s very affordable compared to most others, and is more than capable of most things that someone recording electric guitar at home might throw at it.
Okay, so let’s get on to how to actually record your guitar amp!