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Open Source Recording Guide


Software

Audacity
Multi-track recording program, like Adobe Audition
CDEX
CD ripping software
LAME MP3 Encoder
If you don't know what this does, I'm not telling.
Goldwave
Free digital audio editor
Traverso DAW
Open Source multi-track recording program
Hobnox AudioTool
Online drum machine and effects. Loaded with future-sounds
Hydrogen Advanced Drum Machine
Very easy to use Open Source drum machine
ID3 Intelligent Tagger
Add ID3 data to your .mp3 file so Rifflet doesn't bother you about title and author info.

Tutorials

10 Hallmarks of Amateur Recordings
Not that you'd ever do any of these. From the awesome Hometracked recording blog.
Homerecording.com
the monster, and a good place to start
Mic Placement
a good primer on micing guitar amps and drum sets
Creating Realistic Sequenced Drum Parts
help making drum machines sound a little more human, from Sound on Sound magazine

Libraries & Resources

The Freesound Project
an open database of Creative Commons-licensed sounds
Findsounds
a free site where you can search for sound effects and musical instrument samples
WikiAudio
A growing community resource for all things related to audio and recording
Loops4free.net - Your 1st link directory for free loops & samples on the net!
Links to lots of audio communities as well as free samples