Hello all So, I've recorded my band,including a live drummer, a couple of times and I've always felt like i did things the hard way. Results weren't too sparkly either. I'd like some advice on how to do things more efficiently. Or maybe you can suggest some different approaches. So, as you may know, the focusrite has a bunch if inputs. Mainly, 4 XLR inputs and a bunch of other 1/4" line in inputs. 8 to 12 to be exact. What is the best way to start getting the drums recorded? (We are a basic 4 piece rock band. Drums, guitar, bass, vocals) Should i just dedicate all 4 XLR inputs to snare(close mic), kick(close mic) and two overheads recorded all in one session? What is the best way to include the tom-toms in this situation? I also have an 8 channel basic unpowered mixer. A friend said I could mice more of the drums if I used the mixer, for example, two overheads and a close mic'd hi-hat through the mixer, then run those lines into the focusrite from the mixer. Then i would still have the XLR inputs to mic the kick, snare and toms direct into the focusrite? Finally, how should i set up the recording? In my last recording session, we didn't use a click track. We mic'd up drums, using all 4 xlr inputs, and played live (i placed my guitar cabinet in another room and line-in'd that into our headphones.) Then we layered everything else after that. Would it be better to record a scratch guitar part and maybe some vocals over a click track, and then make the drummer record his part to that? Sorry, i know this post is messy and all over the place, just like my recordings ha! Just trying to get some better ideas from the TGP community. Thanks all.