Dear Noobie: (Advice to die by)
I thought this advice would be good for noobies. Mods, maybe consider making this a sticky?
The techniques below work for all styles of music:
Drums: Use whatever drum replacement software AudioMIDI.com is giving away for $15.
Guitar: Mic up any old, shitty amp with the most expensive mic and preamp combo your credit line will allow, preferably in the bathroom.
Vocals: U47 in your bathroom, healthy amounts of autotune.
Bass: Plug your Squier bass into your Neve 1073, then run all that through the GAP Pre73 because, well, some guy on here told me it adds warm colors to the mix.
And always remember: Fix it in the mix. Never worry about getting a decent take because, quite frankly, who the **** cares?
And when your family asks why you sound like a computer, just tell them T-Pain has been sleeping over your house every night, and that he refuses to leave.
BTW, welcome to the forum. Definitely use the search function!
Take care and best of luck. And if you need professional mixing and mastering services, I will master your record in T-Racks for $4.
Edit: After reading some of the reactions below, I think that my post may have been taken the wrong way.
Just to clarify, if you didn't pick up on the sarcasm, that's exactly what this post is. If you think the sarcasm was too harsh, well...I think some of the advice passed around here can be just as --or more-- offensive. This forum can read a lot like an advertisement, and I hope my post can bring some newbies (or any member) back to earth.
As a real music lover, I am routing for all of you. I'm not an elitist who believes all songs need be cut to 2-inch in a "real" studio to be worth their salt.
In other words, do the opposite of whatever I suggest above. And use the search function.
WHAT THE f ARE THESE BEETLES THAT EVERYONE IS TALKIN BOUT????