To the guys saying that they dont have nice rooms, or nice equipment, or nice drumkits, let me tell you something. When i first started, meaning before I started doing this for a living, i used to record wherever i could with whatever i had at hand, i obviously sucked at the beginning, then after some years, when i got better, i started working in small studios, or not very high-end studios.
The thing is that when you record in those sort of studios you experience a lack of everything, for example, you really dont have a room mic because theres no point to mic the room since its either too small or too dry, or because it sounds far from great, you dont have any mics but the "stock", you know the usual 57s, d112
, an average pair of condensers etc.. nothing fancy, an average drumkit, you may have 2 good preamps and the rest are generic stuff, etc...
So bottom line, when you are working in those conditions you have to make a bigger effort to get the sounds you want, you have to spend more time mic-ing, you are short on preamps and mics, so you cant place that "extra mic" to experiment, you have to work around more than you would like with the tuning of the drumkit, lets not even talk about external gates or eq's or even compressors, those are unkown in the small studio world, you should consider yourself lucky if you have enough gear to record a drumkit, but lets just hope the drummer doesnt want to use an extra Tom or else you are screwed, LOL. But even then you can get good sounding records.
In fact i once got hired to record and mix a set of 4 major records, the first one went double platinum, and it was entirely recorded on a small studio, small room, average kit, mixed totally ITB with a digi002
, the second album went platinum too, and the remaining 2 went gold. Now wait a minute, im not saying they sound great, they sound ok, considering the short time available, the tools, and resources we had at the moment, etc.. although the sound quality didnt seem to matter with such a hit album.
Ok so long story short, when you work on less than ideal studios, you have to do a lot more work to get everything sounding great, but when you suddenly start going to the big studios, with lots of toys, great rooms, etc... the experience you got from the "guerilla recording" at the small studios becomes priceless, suddenly you find out that you can get amazing sounds, a lot easier, but it probably wouldnt be possible if you didnt spend so many time moving those mics in the small studio.
Anyway... sorry for the long post, just wanted to share some experiences.