My band is trying to decide whether it makes sense for us set up a garage recording studio, or if it would be better for us to pay for time in a professional studio.
The studio we used last time is reasonably priced (about $400 for 16 hours) and though we would have liked more time to tweak things, we were pretty happy overall with the sound we got. (The songs
I’ve posted to Music were recorded there.) We have limited cash available, so recording this way will probably happen only one or twice a year.
Setting up to record at home would allow us to record a lot more songs, and spend more time getting the mix they way we’d like it. We’re recording newbies, but willing to put in the time and effort necessary to learn.
The band is loud rock & roll, 2 guitars, bass, drums, and vocals. We have some live sound equipment (8 channel PA, 4 channel mixer, 1 Beta 58a, 1 SM58, a couple PG58s, and a couple instrument mics), but no recording equipment. I have a copy of Guitar Tracks on my desktop at home, but no laptop available and none of the interfaces you’d need to make that work.
Will it possible for us to record good quality tracks with the kind of bare bones setup we can afford to get? The drums are my biggest worry. The units I’ve been looking at only record two tracks at the same time- wouldn’t you need more in order to make adjustments to the drum sound in the mix?
I’m really interested here in your opinions on whether home recording makes sense for us as a band, since equipment recommendations are pretty well covered on other questions on this topic. But I’ll take those too, along with any other advice you may have.