Hello folks! I'm new here and I signed up after thinking deeply about my recent experience while bored in quarantine. The question I'm posing is pretty huge, so forgive me. First of all, I'm a total noob when it comes to recording, but last summer for a number of reasons (mostly money related) I decided i would invest what little money I managed to save to get some gear and finally record my first album, with little to no prior experience. In retrospect it was a bold and kinda stupid decision, but whatever. So i got myself an Audient ID44 and a Beringher ADA8200 and spent my entire summer watching videos and trying to learn some basics (I run reaper on a PC). Now, here's my main problem: Most of the information i found was almost always related to pop, rock, metal and progressive music, with the instruments recorded separetly. But I have kind of a Jazzy trio situation with lots of impros that requires me absolutely to play live. The music just wouldn't happen otherwise. So I found myself playing and looking at the PC screen at the same time, in a decently treated room my bass player has, with my gear, his gear and a few items borrowed from friends. We managed to track the 7 songs in 5 days, but it was kinda hard (the music is not easy to play also). I then mixed and mastered my own music, losing my patience lots of times, doing all sorts of mistakes. Like I said I had no prior experience. After three months I decided it was good enough, I was burnt out of energy. Now, I'm not entirely happy with the results, but I'm proud of all the work I've done to get there. Here's the album for reference, feel free to say what you think (Guitar/Bass/Drums. Everything tracked live, no overdubs except for some fx, voice and percussions on track six. Ironically the guitar sound is what I like less) https://open.spotify.com/album/4GaropblAI4WxiABu8CVbh I've learnt a lot from this experience, but honestly, I bought the gear thinking I could be able to record another album in the future, and do small projects here and there. But is it really a good idea? Is there any of you who has some experiences like that, live tracking while playing? Is there something that could make the job easier? Besides hiring someone else obviously? I'm asking this becouse sometimes I feel a bit at a disadvantage towards all those musicians who are able to produce content and music like it's nothing, because they can rely on people recording their tracks from their homes and also using fake drums and whatnot. I live in a small town in northen Italy and teaching and playing doesn't really get me the budget to hire a studio every couple of years, and I don't wanna rely too much on favors from friends. I wanna pay my friends if they do work for me. I'm not crying about it, I'm pretty happy anyways, but that's just how things are for now. Any suggestions are more than welcome. Sorry for being long and boring folks, I hope someone will respond!