Hi all. I'm new. I'm apart of a two-person band (we're looking to expand in the future, but we're good for now). My friend and I can both play guitar, piano, bass, drums, and we can both sing. Out of the two of us, I'm the one that takes the lead when it comes to recording. I've got a Dell XPS M1330 laptop that I prefer to use for recording, I have a small 8-input mixer and a fairly nice condenser microphone, and a small set (3) of standard performance mics (although we have more available to us where we record our drum layers). Also, since we are financially limited, we are using Audacity, a shareware Audio creating program (but I've been looking at purchasing Adobe Audition 3.0) I've got a couple issues that have plagued us since we started writing and recording about 6 years ago. 1 - Drums Due to logistical issues, we have to take down our drumset every time we finish recording drums, which means next time we record drums (a month or two later whenever we start on a new song), we have to mic it back up, adjust levels, and fiddle around with it, but it's very, very difficult and time consuming to get just the right sound. My question is, without using complex effects and editing, how can I get a decent sound from a drum set? Such as Mic placement, high/low balance adjustment, so on and so forth. For recording drums we have up to 8 standard mics available for use. 2. Electric Guitar Any time we go to record several distortion guitar layers, after we get through the 3rd or 4th layer, there tends to be a lot of what sounds like static. If I turn everything down at once, the static either dramatically reduces or disappears completely. It sounds like we're trying to push too much sound through one recording at once, so I just suck it up and turn everything down and lose that dramatic, "in-your-face" sound that I'm looking for. This is also a problem while recording vocals over electric guitar. Nothing blends together just right. We generally record distortion guitar with a small Fender amp mic'ed with two standard microphones. This generally gives a solid, well-built sound on it's own (for what I'm used to anyway) until you allow all the recorded layers to play together. Here is a clip of a demo we did a year or two ago, if you don't hear anything, listen to it over headphones. That static sound is what I'm referring to. http://www.thewaiting28.com/interv-clip.mp3 What am I missing? (or doing wrong?) I guess I'm a little more ignorant then I thought I was. Anyways, thank you for your help.