My recording setups
Pre-Software - Peavey XR-684 Mixer with 2 tape decks, one output, one input, would flip flop tapes to record multiple tracks while mixing on the fly. Had a Casio CA-100 keyboard for a drum machine.
Early Software - Quartz Audiomaster Freeware, using at first a BOSS ME-6 into a Korg AX30G to set up my guitar and bass sounds. Later this was replaced by a Digitech RP-200A, then a BOSS ME-33, and then my Behringer V-Amp Pro.
Current Setup - Behringer V-Amp Pro into Reaper recording software (free when used not commercially). I use my pedalboard that I use live for additional effects, and MIDI control to edit patches for bass, guitar, and sometimes synths (usually the small cheap keyboards). I can get up to 128 Tracks of audio. Ocassionally I use a cheap Wally-World Microphone into the Mic In for acoustic instruments that don't have a transducer pickup.