Hi, first post here!
I’m in an amateur band and with the COVID lockdown, some of us are looking for ways to continue to play together. I got the idea that a small group could maybe play quartets by doing multitrack recording and sending the tracks around by email. How hard could it be? We would each need to get a microphone and earphones if we don’t already have these.
But I’m an audio novice. So I went to the Audacity website, and other places too, to learn about the right way to do this. And things got complicated fast. Thus, the Audacity tutorial suggested six hardware items without any model names and without saying anything about how to connect them, and then went straight into “First Recording”. Other sources tended to give an overwhelming amount of detail and describe many pro-level alternatives, without an obvious way to get to a solution for simple and cheap multitracking.
We are amateur musicians and don’t need high quality sound. We just want to have fun playing together during the lockdown. We DON’T want to build music studios. We want to keep costs down especially since each member would need the necessary gear.
So I thought I would ask here to see if I can get any direction. If the goal is unreasonable or impossible, please say so! That is an acceptable answer. On the other hand, if there are simple ways to do this, that would be great to learn.