Sorry if my header is a bit misleading. I was curious as to the "how-to's" of acquiring a FLAC version of Zweihander (I got the second album in FLAC when I originally checked it out.) Would you send me a special link if I gave you proof of purchase? But this is tripe.
On to something, perhaps more important, a friend of mine is a talented musician, and is largely self-taught, consequently he is also very comfortable around the computer and is aspiring to become a programmer. My point being that he wished to create audio on the computer for the purpose of creating "retro-style" 8-bit tracks. (Or at least they sound 8-bit) I would like to give him suggestions as to appropriate software, preferably software that gave him as much control and flexibility as possible, regardless of the learning curve (he is a hard worker). I have no idea how intensive it is to create audio, but lets assume that my friend has a low end rig, and please specify what hardware is most appropriate for audio creation (from the rig, to accessories).