Originally Posted by Akuma
....What does "input level" mean?....
....On the stationary PC I record with Adobe Audition, with the 2 laptops I tried with Audacity.
On the upper right corner of Audacity, you'll see icons of a speaker and microphone, both with sliders.
When you play your drums, watch the level meters in the upper center of the screen, and adjust the input slider near the right side microphone icon. If set too low, you won't hear it, and if set too high, it'll distort.
About DAW's. I use mainly Cubase and like it. But all DAW's take a while to learn. I think it's worth the effort though,