I've been recording bands for awhile now and my method has always been to record a scratch rythym track to a drum machine, (just a simple 1,2,3,4 beat). After getting the rythm track down I give it to the drummer in his headphones and record him playing to it. But I've noticed that drummers always have a hard time playing to this rythm track. I usally end up doing a ton of takes and then comp and edit the $*^t out of them, till I get one complete drum track. Is there a better way of doing this? Whenever I see footage of professional bands in the studio I notice they are usually playing together. But how do they keep the tempo so steady and consistant? Example: One time I recorded a band playing together and the song I was recording had a long guitar intro. The guitar was by itself, there was nothing else there to keep time. When we were done tracking, the overall song sounded pretty good, but the intro part lagged a little bit. If you record a band playing together how do you prevent stuff like that from happening? Also, I like to edit stuff and move it around, so I can try different arragements. If the band isn't playing to a metronome of some sorts, this will make it a lot harder. What methods are you guys using for tracking bands?