Thanks for the tips Dom. =)
I will look into it further, but at the moment I do not have access to my mixer or the 4 track, which belongs to a guitar player friend of my who is getting ready to move. Im bran new at recording and its probly somthing I didnt to right to begin with but i will try to explain further in the only way I know how.
I had six mics on my drums, 4 sm57's and two other crappy mics, all running into the mixer, 4 xlr, and 2 1/4 inch mic cables. Now the 4 xlr strips have that trim nob on the top and I was told to set all the trims between the only two visible (a negative number, and a positive number) markings. Then adjust the volume or level for each track so the stereo meters on the mixer were at unity. I also read the beringher manual but right now i cant recall a word of it. The other two channels, not having a trim nob, i had to turn up the levels a bit and turn up the low end eq nobs a bit. So the stereo meters on the mixer were where they should have been which was no hotter than unity, or that 0, about midway.
So playing the kit shows the mixer levels at unity (after checking one at time) and I send the left and right to tracks one and and three of the 4 track. Hrmm more trim nobs and another three band eq to go through. What gives? Now the trim nobs on the 4trak do not have the plus and minus numbers on it like the mixer does, they each have a 0 on it, which to me means unity or where it should be set. so i set it there. Wrong! The recording levels of the 4trak on tracks one and three are through the roof (The master level, track one and three levels and the trim levels all set at 0). So i turned down the main mixer level a bit. and turned everything else down on the 4track until the 4track recording levels showed unity. (probly using that word in the wrong way)
I release the pause on the 4 track, record, and play it back to see that the recording levels on the 4 track have jumped way up again. wtf? Further attempts have showed better results but I had to pretty much turn everything down a lot more. So why bother putting 0's on everything if I cant set it there?
Well, thats my feeble first attempt at doing it all by myself. The mixer is bran new and the 4track is a few months old and has had a great deal of use. Soon I will put my brain back in my head and record the correct way, right after im done reading every post in the bbs.
Thanks in advance for not ripping off one of my limbs and beating me over my head with it.