Hey guys, I am entirely new to recording my own music, but now that I have finally become a good enough guitar player and musician to write my own music, I am eager to start creating something full length that I can call my own. As of now, I have the guitar tracks for 6 songs recorded on my iphone (lol) and ideas for drums, piano, brass, etc. That being said...other than my guitars and vox valvetronix amp, I have nothing. I am in the process of buying a jazz bass and bass amp, but other than those pieces, I need a lot of help getting started (including a good laptop and software recommendations for this endeavor). I've done a little research and most recommend things like a Focusrite 2i2 and sm 57 mic to get started, but I'm not sure my amp(s) will be good enough to mic. I have also been recommended using a Pod hd500 for versatility's sake and because it can replace an audio interface and mic. My music style ranges from jazz, to soft rock, to ambient stuff (and a little metal here and there, but probably wont constitute much of my album). Money is not really an issue, but outside of maybe the laptop, I would prefer 'bang for the buck' and 'entry level' suggestions rather than really high end equipment since I don't intend to sell my music or necessarily become a pro at mixing right away, but I also want to be proud of my creation. SO, with all of this in mind, what would you guys suggest I purchase? TL;DR - What gear would you recommend for a musician entirely new to recording? (from laptop/speakers/software down to any necessary cables) Thanks for reading and (hopefully) commenting. Any and all suggestions are welcomed.