A bunch of my buddies are in a local band that pull a decent crowd and do pretty well for themselves, they asked me if I want to record their next album/record.
I am flattered and scared at the same time. I have a MacBook Pro currently and a Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP as my recording interface. I have both Reaper and Logic, and all the Toontrack stuff. My biggest fear is if I can do it.
First fear is they have two guitarists and a bassist, a vocalist, and a drummer. I have no idea if they want live drums or not recorded.
Then comes my mixing/editing skills and mastering skills. Ugh!
What should I say to these guys? It would be a great experience and learning experience, I don't think it would be fair for me to charge them.
I'm looking for guidance here. What do I do!?
Set expectations with them. Make sure they don't expect you to make it sound like a perfect studio recording. If you do, bonus, but make sure that they aren't expecting that as the bare minimum.
As for drums? Ask them!
Don't be scared of it, just be realistic. If you think you can do what they want, or if they aren't expecting anything and are just doing it half as a bit of fun, then go for it. If they think you are on the level of someone like Devin Townsend but you know in yourself you aren't, make sure they know it.
In other words, don't pretend to be something you aren't, and make sure they aren't expecting too much, thats all you should need to do.