How would a professional studio typically record a multipiece "rock" band in terms of what order to track the different instruments in, if the goal was to get a fairly high quality recording. Would it be more common in professional studios to have most of the instruments play all at the same time, with the musicians perhaps seperated in different rooms to avoid the bleed-through of sound into adjacent microphones..... or is it more common to just "build the song up" one instrument at a time? Obviously, the singer(s) can be recorded last by playing the backing tracks into their headphones with them singing in time, thats pretty obvious.... but I'm slightly confused as to how you start the process off? Guitarist plays first? Drummer plays first? Do drummers find it helpful to play to a metronome which is fed into their headphones.... or more often than not does that just tend to annoy them and they abandon it? My small studio does not really do that genre of music, but due to a change in our clientelle we're opening our studios to all genres because we need the money. The stuff we used to do mainly involved only recording one instrument at a time or dealing with vocals; no bands.... so I've rarely recorded whole bands before, so I could use just a tad of guidance from people who have done it professionally in terms of what the procedure is. Any help appreciated. Thanks.