For the recording part of this project I used only two programs: Audacity and Line 6 Gearbox. Audacity is a basic audio recording program, which has no prerecorded sounds or loops. This was an important aspect for me because I wanted to show that I did record everything by myself, and using a very basic program helped to establish that. It allowed me to record, edit my work, record multiple tracks, and apply minor effects like going in reverse, using wah, fading in, and fading out.
I also used Line 6 Gearbox, which is essentially an amplifier on your computer. It features man different preset voices, as well as the ability to make your own using Drive, Bass, Treble, Presence, Volume, Gate, Wah, Stomp, Compression, Equalization, Modulation, Delay, and Reverb. This program was important because it allowed me to create my own voices and effects to suit every song and every individual instrument, much more fulfilling than simply using one voice for everything. I used a Line 6 Tone Port as an analog to digital convertor, allowing me to have either low-Z (microphone) input or ¼ inch instrument cable input (including guitar cables and the contact audio pickup) and convert that signal into digital ones to be used by Audacity and Gearbox.