I'm self-taught and just play by ear ... guitar and synths (real and virtual) and occasionally (very occasionally) attempt to do a vocal ... making recordings just for the sheer enjoyment and fun that making music gives you.
Earlier attempts at recording, a couple of years ago, were made on a Boss BR1200 digital recorder but my current DAW of choice is GarageBand because it is visually pleasing and intuitive but I'm slowly exploring Logic Pro 9 ... so hope to improve the quality of recordings over time ... earlier efforts were cover tunes but I'm encouraged to keep working on my own stuff just now.
My main guitar is a 90's Fender USA Strat with Dave Gilmour pick-up set ... just purchased a Vintage Peter Green/Gary Moore 'Lemon Drop' Les Paul for those rich bluesy tones hopefully ... acoustic guitar is an Ovation Applause with onboard tuner for open tunings.
Guitar amps are a Fender Cyber Deluxe and a little Vox Brian May 'Deacy Amp'.
Guitar pedals are Boss ME70 and a Yamaha Magic Stomp loaded up with Charlie Hall's 'Echoes Of The Past' Delays.
Onboard guitars/pedals in GarageBand and Logic accessed via an Apogee Gio pedalboard interface.
Synths used just lately are Roland Jupiter 50; Korg Kronos X; Korg Karma loaded up with Vintage Instruments and Karma Soundsets.
Korg X5D and EMU vintage Pro modules hooked up to the Jupiter and Kronos via midi and into Soundcraft analog mixer and into iMac via Roland Sonic Cell interface.
VSTs/Software: Arturia V2 complete and Arturia Analog Experience The Laboratory with Keyboard (main software controller); EWQL Complete Composers collection ... I'm a complete technophobe so it takes more of my time trying to learn the software than ever it does making music ... frustrating but at my age it ain't going to get any easier:)
My musical preferences and influences cover a whole range of genres ... so hope you'll find something to enjoy. Appreciate any comments or feedback, if you have the time ... it's all good fun;-)
Best regards ... Graham:)