This past weekend, our lead guitarist had a friend bring his equipment to our practice room to record a demo for us. Because they were good friends and played in a band together, we were not charged anything for it; I believe we got overcharged. When I got there Friday evening, he was setting up his equipment. He had a Behringer mixing board and a TASCAM recorder. Once he got the cables hooked up, he started getting each of us to play so he could set the gain levels. Then the real fun started. We began playing our first song, and it was tough, as I could not hear myself at all. Usually when we practice, I simply plug in direct to our mixer, and go straight through the PA with our singers, while the guitars go only through their amps. It's a very small garage, so not enough room for my stack, and no one told me to bring my small combo. Well, we played the first song several times to make sure we had it down before recording it, and then we did a recording with levels set so that we could actually hear ourselves. Just like he warned, the bass was way too loud on the recording, so I was OK with him setting the levels so that the recording was right, and I would just have to play "silent." So then we begin recording the first song, and he tells us that we should just go right into the next song, as he couldn't stop the recording once it started. I was like, ***? We can't record a song, listen to make sure it's OK, then practice the next one before we record? No way. We would have one long recorded track with five songs and all the between song banter. He would then break it down onto CD at his home. OK, wierd. So we go through the songs we wanted, and right after we finish the last song, we notice that someone kicked the power chord loose, shutting off the recorder, and as you can probably guess, losing everything we recorded. So...... after 3 1/2 hours.... We start from the beginning, and go through our five songs, much better now that we've actually practiced them at least once so far. When he plays the results, everything sounds great except the one singer/guitarist who is not really a strong vocalist completely overwhelmed the recording. Even when he was singing backup, that was all you could hear. When he wasn't singing the rest of us sounded great together, but when he came in all you could hear was his voice. I can't believe the guy sat through all those songs with his headphones on and didn't adjust the gain on his mike. One of the problems was that the singer couldn't hear himself either, and like me, had no auditory feedback on how he sounded. Well, as we had been doing this for hours, we decided to go ahead and burn the disk. He put a CD in the recorder and 30 minutes later it was still blank. The guy said his burner must be dirty and that he would go home and clean it, burn the disk and get it to us. Man, what a crappy night. There's no way I would give a CD that sounds like what I heard to a bar owner. I think it would kill our chances of getting a gig. I think we still need to go into a local studio, where we could get a very decent demo for under $500. And maybe work with someone who actually read the manual on how to use the equipment.