If you just bought an new microphone, then why don't you, at the very least, purchase a 1year license for Goldwave? A year is $15, and a full license is $45. If you are still on the fence, you can at least use it for a year without breaking the bank. Plus there is a very generous trial that has a 30000command limit, so that too will give you plenty of time to try it out. I know, technically this is pushing you over to another software, but one, it's the one I could help you with the most, 2 the interface is so much more streamlined than audacity, and 3...at least the built-in effects aren't all plugins! Sorry, had to get that in there. Audacity is a good starting point but the accessibility and the interface is not nearly as streamlined as Goldwave's. Plus, i don't like Audacity's way of segmenting files in a project, it confused me the first time I saw a folder with a bunch of different files in it.
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