ok before i start, im new, so if theres a big long thread somewhere that answers my questions, feel free to just link me and il read. ok so im in a metal band, looking to record a low budget demo at home, ive got a few bits of equipment and software, enough for what we want. im recording using around 7 microphones going into a mixer, then from the stereo output into the input of my mac. this means mixing live before i record and im having a few problems and have a few questions. first of whats the difference between recording the kick drum with the resonant head on and recording with it off? my toms and snares ring a bit too much, ive had my drum skins quite a while and they are a different make from the resonant heads underneath. i know this isnt good but are the different skins the reason for most of the ringing? because they seem to be in tune and have a nice sound, just ring a bit much, plus they are quite small drums and lastly, is there a main difference between recording with the microphone facing the batter head of the drums or facing the resonant heads. i cant stand playing with the microphones placed over the batter heads because they get in the way, so if theres not much difference in sound then i would prefer to record with them underneath the drums. anyway i think thats all for now, any help would be appreciated, thank you.