Hey Ailwyn…Die-hard Reaper convert here, and I agree with all the points Stan made.
I have actually have trialled and/or own a LOT of DAWs including Pro-Tools, Cubase, Sonar, Ableton Live, Reason and Harrison Mixbus, so I feel I can be fairly unbiased…
However, if you try Reaper and find it too intimidating, I have another suggestion that I would wholeheartedly recommend - Mixcraft.
Mixcraft was the very first DAW I used and it is super easy and intuitive to get your head around. I started off on Mixcraft 3, but they are up to Mixcraft 8 now, and it has matured into a very capable and advanced product, with most of the features available in other top DAWs. What’s more, it’s very inexpensive, and comes with lots of virtual instruments and plugins. Hands down, the easiest DAW to use IMO.
Another one to consider is Studio One (I think it’s up to version 3 now). I have their free variant of version 2 installed on my computer, and it was very easy to get around, with lots of great features. If I wasn’t already so far invested in Reaper, that would probably be my current DAW of choice.
Oh wait - One thing I just thought of - It depends which OS you have on your computer…If you are on Mac like the OP @MisterLevy , then scrap the Mixcraft suggestion… Reaper and Studio One have Mac versions, though.
If you are on Mac, you can record and mix perfectly well (albeit somewhat limited) in GarageBand, which should come installed already on the computer as one of the standard programs… At least it was on my wife’s 2009 MacBook. I’ve tried it too, and it’s much like a basic version of Mixcraft - very easy…So I’d suggest getting to know that first. The ‘big brother’ of GarageBand is Logic Pro, of which I have had no experience with, but by all accounts is a very comprehensive DAW for relatively few $.