I've been recording for about 5 years. My issue has been getting the following to all happen at once:
- finding the time to record (I have a day job as well as many nights not getting home until 10pm)
- finding quiet in my house (my wife and kids live here too :-) )
- being in the mood and feeling the musical inspiration
- having everything set up to record. I share the basement space with everyone else here. My desktop setup requires at least 20 minutes till I have all the things ready to record. My laptop setup means bring preamps and interface plus mics and cables and stands upstairs... also 20 minutes. In the past this setup time was enough to get me out of the mood to record. Especially since it would usually happen at 11pm.
My solution (that I suggest to anyone who can relate to this situation) has been to buy a zoom H2 for those moments and have a stand near where you usually are at those inspired moments. Setup time 1 minute! - Ask the family for 5 minutes of total quiet and start recording!
I've been doing this for over a year. Multitrack has mostly been on hold however the musical juices are flowing! I don't mope over the fact that I'm not getting my musical thoughts into the world any more. Now I'm at stage 2. I plan on taking one of those simple recordings and begin redoing them slowly with all the tracks that would allow for a good mix, when I can find a way to pull that off!