With the advent of digital distribution, it’s more important than ever for bands and musicians to get their work out there. There’s a lot to take into consideration when it comes to recording an album, or even a song, for the first time. Don’t let the overpowering amps or pro gear sway you too much -- when it comes down to it there are two golden rules: know your material inside and out, and find an engineer that knows how to create your desired sound.
Now let's touch briefly on the subject of recording levels and the importance of proper gain staging. If your signal chain consists of one mic into a pre and then into your recording interface, then it's pretty simple.