My first attempts at home recording were in the '80's with a Pioneer 2 track with sound-on-sound feature. Record first instrument to track 1, bounce to track 2 while adding 2nd instrument. Good for 3 or 4 tracks before noise got too bad. Eventually copied to cassette. Then I got a 4 track Tascam for multi-tracking. Worked pretty well, especially when I synched to my Roland Sequencer.
I just found a box of cassette tapes with those recordings and am in the process of digitizing them. I have an Ion Cassette Express to transfer to the computer via USB, but the latest upgrade on OS doesn't support that. So I found that using Logic Pro X with the Ion as sound source does the trick. Just recording as much material is on each side of the cassette tape to one track on Logic then bouncing that to mp3.
It's fun to hear some of those tracks. Some were awful, others fairly good. Nobody is ever going to hear them but they are part of my musical history.
In the last couple of years I discovered all my cassette devices inoperable. Tascam multitrack, a dual cassette unit and even a boom box player. At first I thought it could have been the tapes, but all of them? Anyway, I made an executive decision and tossed them all, tapes and devices. The Tascam I sold to a guy who repairs them. Any of the tapes that had any value to me were already digitized, some had stuff from an era that I have some bad feelings about.